with Noel Katz
A lecture in two parts.
In a brisk, emotional and entertaining talk punctuated with vocal and piano performances, theatre historian Noel Katz tells the story of how musical theatre came to be, how it evolved, and what it’s become. Learn how a composer’s gambling addiction led to a whole new genre. Laugh at what Hammerstein was wearing when he first met Rodgers. Cry at how the most talented lyricist of all thought himself too unattractive to be loved and turned to the bottle. Discover how musicals now running on Broadway comment upon or subvert classic shows. Legends, fables, opinions and jokes make this two-part history far more fun than any educational experience anywhere.
The author of more than a dozen musicals produced in New York, Noel Katz taught for more than twenty years at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre School, thirteen years at Fairleigh-Dickinson University and taught a generation to improvise songs at Second City, Artistic New Directions and the People’s Improv Theatre. Awards include the Talkin’ Broadway Citation, the NYMF award, the Brick Prize for Playwriting and, for an industrial musical comedy video, the Telly. He was the youngest member of both the BMI and ASCAP writing workshops. His Murder at the Savoy (or, Pulley of the Yard) sold out at the 50th Edinburgh Festival, got five stars from The Scotsman, and has been produced five times in Great Britain. His other shows include Such Good Friends, Area 51, The Christmas Bride, On the Brink, The Pirate Captains, and The Heavenly Theatre but, most famously, his 2003 wedding to casting director Joy Dewing was a musical in which everyone from parents of the bride to preacher to 4-year-old flower girl sang an original song.
Course Fee: $25 per part (OR purchase Part One AND Part Two for $40)
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