Curtain up on Broadway: Exploring the Magic of Great Musicals (In Person)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - Wednesday, May 10, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Five Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Everyone enjoys a great Broadway musical! The miracle of this repertoire is that it's so spectacularly varied, with a show to suit every taste. This class will explore the magic of Broadway musicals.

The evolution of Broadway musicals is fascinating, moving from the operetta-like shows at the turn of the century and the giddy, upbeat shows of the 1910s and 20s to the matchlessly witty shows of the 30s (Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart). From there, Broadway musicals evolved into the fully integrated 'musical plays' of the 1940s and '50s (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, Styne, Bernstein). The 60s saw the extraordinary transition from conventional shows to rock musicals (from Fiddler on the Roof and Hello, Dolly! to Hair). The '70s witnessed the emergence of Stephen Sondheim as the great musical-theater genius of our time, and in recent decades, we’ve been treated to a dizzying array of shows, from the exquisitely intimate to the hugely grand scale.
Five Sessions: $205/$184.50. Led by Roger Pines

Registration Fees

Registration is $205

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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