The Broadway Genius of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, and Jerry Herman

GENINT 721.638

Osher (50+). In this course, we review the shows and movies of Frank Loesser and Jerry Herman, as well as the Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein.   

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Only a select few in the annals of American popular music have successfully accomplished the daunting task of both composing music and writing lyrics. Irving Berlin and Cole Porter were the first. In this course, we take a look at the two gifted sons of immigrants who took up the torch: Frank Loesser and the man he mentored, Jerry Herman. Loesser’s Guys & Dolls, Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying delighted audiences throughout the ‘50s and into the ‘60s. Herman’s Hello Dolly, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles brought audiences to their feet into the ‘80s. Acclaimed revivals of their shows continue into the twenty-first century. We also look at the man who was affectionately called Lenny by millions of his admirers: Leonard Bernstein, who was a one-of-a-kind genius. We focus on his Broadway contributions consisting of On the Town, Wonderful Town and his masterpiece, West Side Story. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, this course should give you what you’ve been missing.

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