Musical Theater and Race

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Musical Theater and Race

Fall 2018

Taught By: Dan Dinero

Section: AX

CRN: 7781

Credits: 4

Musical theater, one of the few truly "American" cultural artforms, is heavily influenced by black performance traditions but continues to be primarily "white" in practice today. As Warren Hoffman argues, "the history of the American musical is the history of white identity in the United States." This course will spin off from Hoffman's claim to explore what happens when we analyze musical theater through the lens of race, considering not only shows explicitly "about race" (South Pacific, The King and I, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, for example). How does race manifest in a show like The Bridges of Madison County or Next To Normal? How does casting play a role in larger ensemble shows? What about the people who aren't on stage: the writers, directors, and choreographers? We will study older musicals like Showboat and Oklahoma! but also more contemporary shows like A Chorus Line, Passing Strange and Hamilton. We will read key texts in critical race theory to think through these issues in relation to American musicals of the past and present too.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:40am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 8/31/2018 - 12/14/2018