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A5. The Serious Side of Broadway Musicals

  • 09/10/2019
  • 10/15/2019
  • 5 sessions
  • 09/10/2019, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/17/2019, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/24/2019, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/08/2019, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/15/2019, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EDT)
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Musical theater is often considered light fare and lacking the gravitas of serious subjects dealt with in more dramatic plays. But that can be deceiving. This course will discuss the important social and moral issues raised by many of the great musicals from the Broadway stage, while also hearing much of the memorable music from these productions. 

Included in the course will be music and songs from George and Ira Gershwin’s production of Porgy and Bess; Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Carousel; Bernstein and Sondheim’s West Side Story; Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady; Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s  Evita; Lionel Bart's Oliver; and Lin-Manual Miranda’s Hamilton.

Joe Corn spent most of his professional career working as an engineer.  He has also taught in the NYC school system, Springfield Technical Community College, Penn State University, and worked as a technical instructor for Moore Products. Joe has taught a number of music and technology courses for WISE and is a former WISE President. 

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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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