NCST

3508

“You Will Be Found”: Musical Theatre and Identity

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Musical Theatre and Identity

Spring 2019

Taught By: Ryan Donovan

Section: A

CRN: 7276

Credits: 3

Musicals regularly offer various performances of identity, in moments like La Cage aux Folles’s “I Am What I Am” and Hairspray’s “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now.” In this course, we will take an intersectional approach to identity in/and musical theatre. We will consider how the axes of ability, class, gender, race, sexuality, and size converge in musicals, especially through song and dance. Questions of casting relative to identity are central to our inquiries—what does it mean to use “fat suits” or to “play gay” or to “crip up” for certain roles? In addition to the multiple texts (libretto, score, performance) of the musical, readings will be drawn from various fields, including critical race theory, dance studies, disability studies, fan studies, fat studies, LGBTQ+ studies, and theatre studies. We will examine how musicals perform identity and to what ends. Musicals to be studied may include "A Chorus Line," "Dreamgirls," "Everybody’s Talking About Jamie," "Fun Home", "Hairspray," "Hamilton," "La Cage", "Oklahoma!," and "Spring Awakening," among others. Projects include a short oral presentation, weekly reading responses, and a final paper. We will visit the Theatre on Film and Tape archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*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: 3:47pm 4/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 602

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019