MUTH 251/3.0 Issues in Music Theatre
Instructor: Colleen Renihan
Term offered: Winter 2022
Music theatre has been and continues to be a form where identities are forged, political lines are drawn, and very real debates are staged. In this course, we examine the ways in which a variety of forms of music theatre—from vaudeville, minstrelsy, operetta, opera, and musical theatre—serve as multi-layered and poignant sites of political consequence. By placing these works in dialogue with historical and contemporary questions in the disciplines of musicology, critical race studies, cultural politics, queer studies, disability studies, we can understand music theatre’s powerful potential for intervention in our contemporary world.