Broadway Musicals

10 week seminar, starting February 21, 2017

Moderator:                Hill Boss
Day and Time:         Tuesday 1:30-3:30 PM
Format:                      Seminar
Location:                   Rockridge Retirement Community Library, Northampton
                                        (free parking on site)

Most Broadway musicals familiar to us have significant political, economic, or social themes that shape the content of the piece.  We will listen to and discuss the content and context of musicals from the “Golden Age of Broadway,” 1950-1970.

Each participant will select a musical from the “Golden Age” of Broadway Musicals (1950-1970) and research the political, economic, and social issues of that period and that found their way into the storylines of the musical.  We will play a CD of a musical for the first hour of each session, take a short break, and during the second hour the participant will lead a discussion.

Role of participants:
Each participant will select a Broadway musical from the period 1950-1970, and research and lead a discussion on its political, economic, and social context.

The moderator owns CDs of most musicals, and members will research the background using books and articles. Members may borrow a CD for the week to help with the research.

About the Moderator:
Hill Boss has been a Broadway Musical addict for over 60 years, and his experience as a history teacher has inspired him to explore the underlying conditions found in the musicals.