Walt Disney exported the musical to cartoons in the 1930s and returned it to Broadway by Disney in the 1990s
Age range: 15 to 18
Estimated Time: You can view all the videos in this series in about 30 minutes, but you may want to allow some time in between to reflect on what you hear.
Key Technology: This multimedia resource is bandwidth-intensive, requiring a high-speed Internet connection. Users should be equipped with speakers (or headphones in a lab or classroom setting) and will need iTunes or Quicktime installed on their computers
This is part of a 6-part series that introduces middle and high school audiences to the many aspects of musical theater. Heather Nathans, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland makes it easy to listen to and learn about musical theater in America. Using examples from Broadway, she talks about the history, structure and elements of musical theater, musical theater's role in making social commentary, its legacy and how you too can create a musical.