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Sondheim's Musicals and the Making of America

AMS 317/MTD 321/THR 322/ENG 249

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In this course, we'll examine the musicals of Stephen Sondheim from WEST SIDE STORY (1957) to ROAD SHOW (2009) as a lens onto America. How have Sondheim's musicals conversed with American history and American society since the mid-20th century? How do Sondheim's musicals represent America and Americans, and how have various productions shaped and re-shaped those representations? We'll explore how Sondheim and his collaborators used the mainstream, popular, and commercial form of musical theatre to challenge, critique, deconstruct, and possibly reinforce some of America's most enduring myths.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 10
  • Capacity: 12
  • Class Number: 20810
  • Schedule: T 01:30 PM-04:20 PM