Staging the Past: Setting History to Music *NEW* *In-Person*

This course takes a look at the great variety of Broadway musicals, and one opera, which are based on American history. We will discuss the historical settings and look at how these events were set to music. Featured shows are 1776 (the Declaration of Independence), 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Assassins (U.S. Presidents), Titanic – The Musical, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (the sinking of the Titanic), Ragtime (the immigrant experience), Nixon in China (Richard Nixon’s famous trip), and Hamilton (a musical biography of Alexander Hamilton). Film clips and recordings of the shows, along with some historical material, will be featured. Instructors: Bradford Conner & Benjamin Sears.

Sections

ASSA-FA21.01

Start Date

September 13, 2021

Time

7:45pm

Location

CCAE

Cost

$185.00

Availability

4

6 Mondays, 7:45-9:45pm Begins Sep. 13 No class Oct. 11

This class will meet in-person at CCAE with a limited student capacity. Please view our In-Person Class Guidelines prior to enrolling.

Instructors: Benjamin Sears, Bradford Conner

Instructors

Benjamin Sears

Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner have been called "Boston's favorite song duo" by the Boston Globe. They perform regularly in the Boston area, and have appeared in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Oxford, England. They have ten CD releases of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Fred Astaire, and Ethel Merman. They are Producing Directors of American Classics, for which they have reconstructed and presented concert performances of lost American musicals. Ben & Brad are founding members of the Boston Association of Cabaret Singers. In addition to their concerts, they lecture regularly on the Great American Songbook, and Broadway and Hollywood musicals. Ben is the editor of The Irving Berlin Reader and contributed a chapter to Adapting the Wizard of Oz (both Oxford University Press).

Bradford Conner

Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner have been called "Boston's favorite song duo" by the Boston Globe. They perform regularly in the Boston area, and have appeared in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Oxford, England. They have ten CD releases of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Fred Astaire, and Ethel Merman. They are Producing Directors of American Classics, for which they have reconstructed and presented concert performances of lost American musicals. Ben & Brad are founding members of the Boston Association of Cabaret Singers. In addition to their concerts, they lecture regularly on the Great American Songbook, and Broadway and Hollywood musicals. Ben is the editor of The Irving Berlin Reader and contributed a chapter to Adapting the Wizard of Oz (both Oxford University Press).