|FROM HAMILTON TO WEST SIDE STORY: IDENTIFYING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH SONG
Offered by: Manhattan School of Music
What do a Founding Father, the Pacific Theater of WWII, and a mid-century Puerto Rican street gang all have in common? Find out in MSM Distance Learning’s “From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying the American Experience through Song.” In this night on the town, we’ll take a trip on the “Great White Way” where we’ll examine three preeminent American musicals, Richard Roger’s South Pacific, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton. Evaluating the historical context and socio-cultural issues in each musical, students will tackle the overt and underlying themes as a means to reflecting on their own cultural and personal identities. In addition to live performance by an MSM teaching artist, students will collaboratively compose and perform their own historical rap! Join us and discover what makes the American Musical a defining part of American culture and identity.