Musical Theatre [MUTH 231]
MUSICAL THEATRE [MUTH 231]
Instructors: Tim Fort & Melissa Morris
No audition is required.
Taught Remotely during Fall 2020 with a synchronous session THU 10:00-11:20 am
An examination of the major trends in musical theatre production and theory since the 19th century, exploring the work of important composers and lyricists and the structure of musical theatre works.
This course starts in America's mid-19th century where it will focus on the questions which this era raises about what had come before (opera, opera bouffe, variety, operetta, melodrama) and what was to distinguish the newly emerging musical theatre forms from past models. We will study important composers, lyricists, and librettists such as William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Leslie Arden, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. We will also examine both the structure of the contemporary "musical" and its production methodology – with a particular focus on what it means to "musicalize" a story or an idea. Larger issues of musical style, genre, theme, and social relevance will inform later examinations of specific musical theatre pieces.
WK1 Defining Musical Theatre / The Black Crook/ Roots of the Modern Musical
WK2 Carmen / Opera / Libretti / H.M.S. Pinafore/ Gilbert and Sullivan
WK3 Songwriting and Musical Structure / Variety /Threepenny Opera
WK4 Integrated Musicals /Showboat/ Porgy and Bess
WK5 America's Golden Age / Rodgers and Hammerstein / Oklahoma!
WK6 Jerome Robbins / West Side Story /Stephen Sondheim essay due
WK7 Canadian Musicals / Leslie Arden
WK8 Choreography / A Chorus Line / Bob Fosse / Chicago
WK9 Rock Musicals / Hair / Jonathan Larson / Rent / Juke Box Musicals
WK10 Mega-musicals / Les Mis / Andrew Lloyd Webber / Stephen Schwartz / Wicked
WK11 Contemporary Storytelling /Fun Home / Lin-Manuel Miranda /Hamilton
WK12 Recent Forms / Presentations due and discussed
PROJECTS/ASSESSMENT (in brief)
40% - Essay of approximately 1200 words - due Oct. 16 (Choose one of the followings topics)
Explore the process of transforming a film or work of literature into a musical theatre piece
Examine the career and techniques of a major musical theatre practitioner
Discuss the evolution of a major musical theatre work from inception to first production
40% - Online presentation viewable on Dec 1, written submission due by Dec. 9
Prepare a director's approach to a musical theatre work
With no more than 2 other people, create a brief musical theatre piece in the form of a backer’s audition.
20% - Participation in weekly forums and feedback on class presentations
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 and registration in a DRAM; MUSC; or MUTH Plan or permission of the School.
EQUIVALENCY DRAM 216/3.0