Politics on Broadway with Cary Ginell
Fifty and Better Lecture Series
Politics seems to be better suited for weighty dramas rather than light musical theatre, but the spectacle aspect of political campaigns is ideally suited for the expansive nature of Broadway musicals. Shows about politics range from Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to disastrous flops. In this class, we will talk about and play examples from many of Broadway’s most famous — and infamous — political musicals, including not only well-known shows like “Of Thee I Sing,” “Li’l Abner” and “Hamilton,” but a failed 1968 show called … (wait for it) “How to Steal An Election.”
Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and author of 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in radio, he has spent the last 20 years as a public speaker, talking about music in classrooms, at conferences and on cruise ships. He brings a lifelong passion for the recording industry to his work and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on his specialty: Western swing. He previously served as president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, an international organization of music scholars and world-renowned institutions. He holds a master’s degree in folklore from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV/film from Cal State University Northridge.
The Fifty and Better program (FAB) was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals 50 years of age and older in our community. When COVID-19 erupted and the first-ever offering of in-person courses had to be postponed indefinitely, we responded by moving the courses to a virtual (online) environment using Zoom.
The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older. When COVID-19 erupted and the first-ever offering of in-person courses had to be postponed indefinitely, we responded by moving the courses to a virtual environment using Zoom.
Cost for the two-hour lecture is $8. Registration is required by 3 p.m. March 16.
Register by Tuesday, March 16, at 3 p.m.