Blog Archive - February 2019

2007 Production of West Side Story at the 5th Avenue Theatre / Photo by Chris Bennion

We are thrilled to share that David Armstrong, who recently stepped down as Executive Producer and Artistic Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre after 18 years in that position, will join our faculty this spring, teaching a brand new course: The Broadway Musical. The course is an historical and cultural study of the Broadway musical, examining how this uniquely American artform was predominantly created by outcasts from mainstream society. It surveys the evolution of Broadway musicals, including the mid-20th Century “Golden Age” and their current, 21st Century resurgence, and explores how musicals have both reflected and shaped American culture -- especially in regard to issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, social justice, and equality.

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