TCAN: Song and Dance: A History of Film Musicals
A lecture by Paula Musegades, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and the American Studies Program at Brandeis. Admission is complimentary. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by April 23.
From "The Jazz Singer" (1927), to "Singin’ in the Rain" (1952) and "Grease" (1978), to "Across the Universe" (2007), the film musical has been a staple genre in the movie industry since the advent of the "talkies." A natural extension of the stage musical, the genre tells stories through song and dance, and brings grand, lavish spectacle to the American public. Through select film clips, Professor Musegades will trace the genre's development from the early kaleidoscopic production numbers of Busby Berkeley to the frenetic pacing and colorful excitement of "Moulin Rouge," in turn highlighting the transformative films of each decade.
Paula Musegades is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and the American Studies Program at Brandeis. One of the courses she teaches is "Music in Film: Hearing American Cinema."
For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Brandeis Alumni Association website.