NYU/Steinhardt - Music Theatre History II
Class Assignments for Spring Semester 2014
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: email@example.com.
- 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 (1/31)
1930s-Early 40s: Something is Stirring
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 207-237
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp. 129-189
- Optional: Musicals101 - 1930s Part 1, 1930s Part 2, 1930s Part 3, 1930s Part 4
- Optional: Bordman - "Act Five: The American Musical as a Conscious Art Form"
- For More: Jablonski, Edward. Gershwin: A Biography. New York: Doubleday, 1987. There are many book on George Gershwin, but this is the best to date. Comprehensive, intelligent, and frank.
- For More: Rosenberg, Deena. Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. London: Lime Tree, 1991. One of the few books to examine the collaboration between lyricist and composer. Based on extensive interviews with Ira, it includes a remarkable selection of photos.
Week 2 (2/7)
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 3 (2/14)
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 4 (2/21)
Anatomy of a Hit: My Fair Lady
Week 5 (2/28)
areer in Profile: Ethel Merman
- Required: Musicals101 - Ethel Merman bio 1, bio 2, bio 3
- For More: See the Musicals 101 Merman bibliography.
Week 6 (3/7)
irectors: 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 7 (3/14)
More Golden Age Musicals
(Mid-Term Exam IN CLASS)
- No reading assignment for this week
SPRING BREAK 3/21
Week 8 (3/28)
1960s: The Parade Passes By
- 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 9 (4/4)
height 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 10 (4/11)
1970s: 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 11 (4/18) - Yes, we have class on
Week 12 (4/25)
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 13 (5/2)
Nowadays: Jukebox Jive, Cartoon Candy
Your Take Home Final will be distributed during this class
- Required: Kenrick: pp. 370-382
- Required: Kantor/Maslin: pp.373-440
- For More: Musicals101 - 2000s
Week 14 (5/9)
- Final Exam Due IN CLASS