Catalogue 2012 - 2013

MUS 221 Curtain up! American Musical Theater (Formerly MUS 321)


3 cr.

Course Description

Musical theater has become a uniquely American art form, reflecting American society and culture, and constantly evolving in terms of musical style, plot, and presentation, in keeping with changing societal mores and tastes. We will examine the mechanical components of the genre (plot, lyrics, score, dance, etc.); the history of its evolution as an American art form, from early roots in European and African American music and stage productions to current shows; and individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form-actors, composers, lyricists, directors, producers, and choreographers.


in alternate years.