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Shakespeare Forever: Shakespeare in Broadway Musicals

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Shakespeare in Broadway Musicals

A talk by Marc Courtade

Though it seems unlikely, William Shakespeare’s plays provided the plots, characters, and inspiration for several musicals. The best known are Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse (1938), inspired by The Comedy of Errors; Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate (1948), based on The Taming of the Shrew; Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s  West Side Story (1957), a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; and Galt MacDermot’s Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971), a rock musical based on the play of the same name.  This talk will examine these shows using musical and video examples to show how well Shakespeare translated into the twentieth century musical.

Marc Courtade bio

Marc Courtade is the Executive Director for the Huntington Arts Council, NY. He was the Business Manager for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University, and Producer and Artistic Director of Performance Plus!, a pre-performance lecture series. He is a frequent lecturer for the Hutton House Lectures, specializing in Musicals and Opera courses, and Adjunct Professor in the Arts Management curriculum. An avid performer, Marc has appeared in numerous productions throughout Long Island.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 2 p.m. Workshops for students at  Steinberg Museum of Art.                                                 Workshop conducted by Museum Educator

Inspired by Marc's presentation and talk, participants will create a concrete poem in iambic pentameter in Drawing on Shakespeare!

Educator will explain and discuss both concrete poems and iambic pentameter poems will participants, and show examples. Participants will then create a poem in iambic pentameter integrated into a Shakespeare play inspired drawing. 

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