Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

American Musical Theater: From Origins to Oklahoma!


Price for Members: $70
Price for Non-Members: $105
Date/Time: Thur. June 17, 24 July 1, 8 & 15       1:30 -– 3:30
Instructor: John Kendall Bailey, music director, conductor, chorus master
Location: ONLINE


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Course Description

This first course in John Kendall Bailey’s series on American Musical Theater begins with the forms of theater and music that coalesced into the genre we recognize as “Musical Theater,” starting with traditional theatrical stage productions and continuing with forms like Operetta (Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg), Variety Shows (vaudeville, minstrel shows), Revues (Florenz Ziegfeld), and Yiddish Theater (Abraham Goldfaden and the Thomashevskys). George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart emerged from the Jazz Age and Tin Pan Alley. Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1927 Show Boat was the first true work of American Musical Theater, but its style and structure did not become popular or influential until Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 1943 – defining the genre and paving the way for the future. Be sure to catch this enjoyable series.


Event Details

Date: 2021-06-17

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.



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