May 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

THEA 285: Ethnicity in Musical Theatre


(1 Unit)
Examines the growth and development of the musical, starting with the nineteenth-century influences: minstrel shows, the black crook and subsequent evolutions. Examines the structure of the musical from its earliest iterations, the influence of operetta, ethnic comedians, Tin Pan Alley composers and the Golden Age, to the concept musical model prevalent today. Looks at racial minorities as subjects, contributors and sources for musicals. Relates the development of the musical to changes in popular music, as indicative of changes in society, and considers the musical as an agent of social change. Starko.