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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

What Makes Sondheim Great Act II (Act I not required)

with Gail Leondar-Wright



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This course will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM for five weeks (9/6/22 - 10/4/22).  This course will be on Zoom.

Course Description:

The late Stephen Sondheim is commonly thought to be the most important musical theater composer and lyricist of the past fifty years, and the single most influential force in bringing the Broadway musical into the modern era. What makes him great?  

In this class, we will unpack some of Sondheim’s innovative musicals: West Side Story, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, and Pacific Overtures, trying to chip away at the genius behind his work.

Sessions will be lively, with lots of video, visuals and conversation.

Course Leader:

Gail Leondar-Wright, now retired, spends her time studying and teaching about the works of Stephen Sondheim.  She facilitates the online national “Sondheim Study Group,” and gives periodic webinars comparing the works of Sondheim to those of other composers and lyricists.  She has taught about Sondheim at OLLI programs at UMass Boston and Tufts as well as at Lasell Village.  She has conducted two brown bag presentations and taught Act I of this course for the Rainbow Lifetime Learning Institute.  Gail has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU and a BA in Drama from UC Berkeley.

  • Sep 6 - Oct 4th, 2022
    Tue for 5 weeks from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Will run

Online Class

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