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Broadway and Music of the Theatre (MUSI20053)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20053
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A survey of the range of music theatre from the lighter entertainments to the more ambitious works regarded as Music Theatre, but often staged by opera companies today. The subject starts with the origins of the music theatre in light opera and traces the development through Vaudeville, Revue and Musical Comedy through to mainstream West End and Broadway. This subject examines how these works frequently reflect social and cultural realities of their times.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should have gained:

  • an enhanced understanding and critical awareness of the social, cultural and political forces which shape the writing, production and performance of Music Theatre
  • an enhanced knowledge of the history and development of these forms of art and entertainment from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  • an enhanced capacity to undertake independent research and present it as a scholarly essay

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have an enhanced:

  • capacity to apply new concepts to their critical interpretation of familiar and new information and experiences
  • capacity to interrogate the ways in which personal biography influences interpretation of a performance
  • ability to produce scholarly writing using contemporary sources and conventions

Last updated: 1 May 2019