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Broadway Close Up

Coming Up This Spring! Broadway Close Up: Kay Swift and Kander & Ebb

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Broadway Close Up: Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields & Stephen Schwartz
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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, Cabaret, Fine and Dandy and Wicked. Cast members are Broadway stars Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains), Clifton Duncan (The Play That Goes Wrong), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Porgy and Bess), Jeff Kready (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Sally Wilfert (Assassins), Klea Blackhurst and the acclaimed jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli. Music directed by Greg Jarrett, Georgia Stitt and Jihwan Kim.

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.