A lecture by Marc Courtade. The melting pot of America was reflected in the Broadway Musicals. The ethnic musicals of the 1960's and 1970's featured contrasting ethnic groups and wove them into the fabric of the American Musical, successfully and unsuccessfully. Do such shows as Milk & Honey (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), The Wiz (1975) and Pacific Overtures (1976) convey the mood of the modern American experience and hold up over time. Earlier Broadway composers like Irving Berlin hid their immigrant roots, and attempted to incorporate their native musical colorings into the popular American culture. By the 1960's second and third generation Americans explored "ethnic" musicals. By playing musical examples and discussing them, this lecture will examine how these musicals reflect the eras and cultures being represented. The listener will be able to form their own opinions of how successful each set of creators was.
The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.