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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER PRESENTS

Broadway Close Up

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Online lecture-performances spotlight three of musical theatre's most fascinating figures: Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields & Stephen Schwartz.

Kaufman Music Center’s Broadway Close Up series moved online this fall with three intimate lecture-concerts exploring the lives, careers and music of three of musical theater’s most fascinating figures: Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) and Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948). Their stories bring to life the rich history of the American musical and its evolution from comedy revues to sophisticated, fully-realized musical plays.

Hosted by Theater@Kaufman Director Sean Hartley and filmed in Merkin Hall, these one-hour performances pair lively and informative lectures with performances of songs from iconic musicals from the 1920s to the present including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Seesaw, Pippin and Wicked. Cast members are Broadway stars Clifton Duncan (The Play That Goes Wrong) and Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Porgy and Bess) and the acclaimed jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, who the New York Times compares to “Ella Fitzgerald in her prime.” Music directed by Greg Jarrett.

All 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center performances are online, filmed in safe, socially distanced locations observing health and safety protocols, and streamed to the safety of your home.