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This fabulous course gives an excellent history of the American musical with the focus placed firmly where it should be... on the music. Professor Messenger's voice is relaxing and knowledge is impressive. He paints the picture of history with both facts and narrative but also gives the audience a taste of the music he is describing through his on piano renditions, recordings from the period, and reconstructed recordings where no original recording exists. As a theatre artist and musical theatre professional, I found this course to be both edifying and enjoyable, which are the two things that any great piece of theatre should be. For this course is more then just a lesson on musical theatre it is a piece of theatre itself.
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About 14 lessons are spent covering the Broadways that are pre 1950, about 60 years worth, and then in the last 2 lessons he covered the most recent 60 years. If you're interested in learning about Broadway productions that you grew up with in the last 60 years, this is not for you.
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