14 2022

4PM Exploring Broadway: Laughable List Songs

4:00PM - 5:15PM  

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“List songs” – sometimes called “laundry list songs” or even “catalog songs” – are said to date back to the ancient Greeks.  In modern times, they appeared in 18th & 19th century operas, and certainly blossomed in Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas in the late 19th century.  In the 20th century, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin made them popular on Broadway.  In the time since, others – including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and others – have carried this tradition on in their musicals.   


Join James Sokol for this special mini-series focused on these songs, which are often funny, sometimes even “escalating to absurdity.”  Other times, they can even be dark and introspective, but always interesting!  Audio & video performance clips from musicals of “the Golden Age” to contemporary classics bring the magic of Broadway into our discussion. 


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