NYU/Steinhardt - Music Theatre History II
Class Assignments for Spring Semester 2015
Lecturer: John Kenrick
With the exception of our first class, students are expected to read or view the required materials for each week beforehand. On the assigned day, be prepared for active discussion, as well as oral and possible pop written quizzes on these materials.
- Reading assignments use the page numbers from the hardcover edition of my textbook.
- If you have any questions regarding these assignments, please contact John Kenrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Optional items are exactly that, not required, but material that can enrich your learning experience.
- For More suggests worthwhile reading for anyone interested in doing further research. These are not required materials -- just listed in case a particular subject grabs you.
- Exam dates are noted in red.
- All take home exams MUST be submitted personally IN CLASS. Email submissions will not be accepted.
- The course syllabus is posted at www.musicals101.com/nyusem2syll.htm
Week 1 (1/30)
Rodgers & Hammerstein: Oklahoma & Beyond
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 238-251
- For More: Musicals101 - 1940s Part 1, 1940s Part 2, 1940s Part 3, 1940s Part 4
- For More: Wilk, Max. OK! The Story of Oklahoma! New York: Grove Press, 1993. A detailed and fascinating look back at the gestation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's landmark hit. Packed with anecdotes and photos.
- For More: Mordden, Ethan. Beautiful Morning: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Week 2 (2/6)
After R&H: Broadway's Golden Age
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 251-264
- For More: Musicals101 - 1950s Part 1, 1950s Part 2
- For More: Mordden, Ethan. Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Week 3 (2/13)
Anatomy of a Hit: My Fair Lady
Week 4 (2/20)
Career in Profile: Ethel Merman
- Required: Musicals101 - Ethel Merman bio 1, bio 2, bio 3
- For More: See the Musicals 101 Merman bibliography.
Week 5 (2/27)
Directors: Abbott, Robbins, Fosse
Your Mid-Term Essay Questions will be distributed in this class
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 265-292
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp.191-277
- For More: Musicals101 - 1950s Part 3
Week 6 (3/6)
More Golden Age Musicals
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 298-317
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp. 282-283
- For More: Musicals101 - 1960s Part 1, 1960s Part 2, 1960s Part 3
- Optional: Bordman - "Intermission: Exhaustion 1965-1969"
- For More: Mordden, Ethan. Open a New Window: The Broadway Musical in the 1960s. New York: Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Week 7 (3/13)
1960s: The Parade Passes By
(Mid-Term Exam IN CLASS)
SPRING BREAK 3/20
Week 8 (3/27)
1970s I: Sondheim & Prince - Worlds To Change
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 325-329
- For More: Musicals101 - 1970s Part 1, 1970s Part 2, 1970s Part 3, 1970s Part 4
- For More: Hirsch, Foster. Harold Prince and the American Musical Theater. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. A detailed look at Prince's directorial work up to Phantom of the Opera. Hirsch makes some ill-advised points, but there are plenty of useful facts and observations along the way for serious students of these works.
- For More: Zadan, Craig. Sondheim & Co. New York: Harper & Row, 1974 (Second updated edition, 1986). A fascinating behind the scene look at how Sondheim's shows were created, with great photos and some reflective insights from Mr. Sondheim.
Week 9 (4/3) - Yes, we have class on
1970s II: The Main Stem Becomes a Side Street
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 318-325, 330-341
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp. 279-371
- For More: Musicals101 - 1970s Part 5, 1980s Part 1
- Optional: Those who wish to may view the original cast video of A Chorus Line on file at Lincoln Center Library's Theatre on Film Archive.
- For More: See the Musicals101 A Chorus Line bibliography.
- For More: Mordden, Ethan. One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s. New York: Palgrave for St. Martin's Press, 2003.
Week 10 (4/10)
RESEARCH PAPER DUE in CLASS
Week 11 (4/17)
1990s: Who's the Leader of the Club?
- Required: Kenrick: 358-369
- For More: Musicals101 - 1990s Part 1, 1990s Part 2
- For More: Mordden, Ethan. The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last 25 Years of the Broadway Musical. New York: Palgrave for St. Martin's Press, 2004. I strongly disagree with many of the opinions expressed in this book, but Mordden's wit and passion make for absorbing reading.
Week 12 (4/24)
2000-2010: Jukebox Jive & Cartoon Candy
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 370-382
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp.373-440
- For More: Musicals101 - 2000s
Week 13 (5/1)
2010-Today: Making Things Up Again
The Take Home Section of the Final Exam will be distributed during this class
- Final Review
- No reading assignment for this class
Week 14 (5/8)
- Final Exam IN CLASS
- You must attend and take the final IN CLASS - no exceptions
- No reading assignment for this class