From The Jazz Singer to A Star Is Born: A History of the Movie Musical
Friday, January 22, 2021
As soon as movies could talk, they began to sing and dance-and musicals quickly became among the most popular film genres in America.
Over the next nine decades, the movie musical would evolve to embrace every type of performance, from operatta to rock and soul, from tap to ballet, and every type of format, from Broadway hits to original creations from composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.
This presentation will look at the fascinating history of this unique format, and include more than thirty excerpts, featuring artists like Fred Astaire, Judy Garland.