Singer/actor, Julie Kurzava, details a performer’s perspective on the history of three great American musicals, each reflecting the sensibilities of their era, yet remaining popular today.
Monday, May 1, 2023–The King & I
In 1951, Rodgers & Hammerstein continued their musical theater empire with this star making adaptation of Margaret Landon’s book “Anna and the King of Siam”. Written by Rodgers & Hammerstein at the height of their creative lives, this ground breaking American Musical about the clash of two cultures remains relevant today.
Monday, May 8, 2023–My Fair Lady
“My Fair Lady” was an instant hit in 1956, earning this masterpiece of musical theater a permanent place in the American Musical Theater repertoire. Learn about the lives of collaborators Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe, their working relationship, and the story behind both the stage and film productions of an iconic work.
Monday, May 15, 2023–The Music Man
Meredith Willson’s homage to his Iowa roots has remained a favorite with audiences since it’s Tony award winning Broadway debut in 1957. With iconic roles created by Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and a new 2022 Broadway revival, River City is well worth a visit.
This series is supported in part by the Bel Air Arts & Entertainment District and the Maryland State Arts Council.