On Tue, Nov 15, at 7:30 pm, Kaufman Music Center joins forces with adult education phenomenon One Day University to produce “Broadway’s One Hit Wonders,” the third performance in Kaufman’s annual Broadway Close Up series. Musical theater is known as the domain of certain super-talents with strings of hits: Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, etc. Most of the writers who create one great show go on to create another. But there is a fascinating subset of writers who, for one reason or another, hit it big once and never repeated. Whatever the reason, we often refer to individuals or composing teams that had only a single acclaimed show as one-hit wonders.
This concert/lecture will examine iconic shows like The Music Man, Hair, Oliver!, Grease, Man of La Mancha and others to understand what made them great, and why their creators couldn’t or didn’t repeat. Top Broadway performers including Tony nominee MARC JACOBY (Show Boat) will interpret the classic songs, and Drama Desk-nominated composer/lyricist and Theater@Kaufman Director SEAN HARTLEY will provide commentary, insights, anecdotes and conjecture to explore this fascinating anomaly in American musical history.
“I think this partnership is a great fit,” says One Day University founder STEVEN SCHRAGIS. “Our adult students are intellectually curious about history, the arts, current events and more. This ‘One Hit Wonders’ presentation will mix both music and historical analysis in a way I know will excite them. These are people who love music and love to learn – so what could be better?”
“I always thought One-Day University was a great concept, giving adults the chance to be college students again for a day,” says Kaufman Music Center’s SEAN HARTLEY. “Broadway Close Up has always been about going behind the scenes, learning about process as much as product, which makes it a perfect fit for One Day University’s intellectually curious students.”
Kaufman Music Center’s annual Broadway Close Up series gives theater fans a new perspective on the musicals they love through eye-opening interviews and performances by Broadway stars. One Day University® brings together professors from the finest universities in the country to present special, live versions of their very best lectures.
Click here for tickets to the Tue, Nov 15 performance.
This performance will also take place on Mon, Nov 14. Click here for tickets.
Pictured abover: Mark Jacoby