2221 - The Art and Lives of the Classic Broadway Lyricsts: Gaiety and Shadows THU 10:00-11:00AM
Instructor: William Allen, MA, MPhil, MLn
Technical Assistance: Michiyo Allen, BS
As part of our series on those who wrote the words to the great songs of the classic age of the Broadway musical and musical revue, weâ€™ll enjoy and study the work of three lyricists well-known for their wit and verbal charm -- Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and Howard Deitz. Weâ€™ll also look at three very talented African-American lyricists -- Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, Billy Staryhorn -- who wrote celebrated lyrics for famous composers/performers such as Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington. Weâ€™ll examine not only the joy and laughter but also the serious side of the work and lives of these lyrical masters.
Bill wrote a 500 page dissertation on lyricist W. S. Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan) to obtain his advanced degree from the University of London.
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