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University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) Auditions announced
The American Musical: Jolson, Hair and Denver's Own Billie McBride
Do you love the theater but think most musicals are full of fluff? Or do you leave the show whistling the tunes you just heard? I'm singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain…True, the American musical contains, well, music, but this sometimes disrespected genre offers much more. Indeed, over the past 100 years the American musical matured right alongside America: Along with the parade of European immigrants, we welcomed early operetta (Robin Hood in 1891!), minstrel shows and vaudeville. Then in 1927 musicals with complete and controversial plots appeared. Continue this fun and informative stroll down musical memory lane with prominent Denver actress/director Billie McBride, who made her Broadway debut in 1987 and has since received multiple acting honors including an Emmy nomination. Learn how musicals changed American theater: Think Oklahoma, Brigadoon and South Pacific. Dig out your peace sign while rediscovering the visceral and foundational impact of rock musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar or Hair—the latter which you'll see as part of this course! No, it's not a psychedelic flashback—it's the Public Theater's new Tony-winning production presented by Denver Center Attractions. Move into the '80s with the British Invasion including Andrew Lloyd Weber's astonishing Broadway run. Through discussion, clips and documentary, enjoy an enlightening, retrospective ride on the American musical bandwagon. Performance ticket included. 10% discount to DCTC and DCA subscribers.
Mon., 7–9, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 2011
Hair performance, Fri., 8 pm, Oct. 14,
Denver Center for Performing Arts
CRN 1073 / $225
Billie McBride spent 20 years in NYC working on Broadway, off-Broadway, touring and doing television. She is pleased now to be a local actor and director working in theatres here in Colorado.
We are happy to offer you a special 20% discount on the courseabove. To receive this discount please enter code EDU11 when registering online at www.universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment, or by calling 303-871-2291 to register by phone.
Stage Matters: A short video on why/how/if theatre
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