Everything I Know About Life I Learned From Musical Theater
Bill Rudman has dedicated much of his life to sharing the deep pleasures (and wisdom) of this uniquely American art form. His 60-minute talk, which is filled with recorded examples spanning more than a half-century of our cultural history, challenges the view that a musical is merely a form of escapism.
Jewish Songwriters United!
The Impact of the Immigrant Experience
If it weren’t for Jewish American composers and lyricists, there would be no American musical. Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Yip Harburg … all the way to Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Stephen Sondheim. All Jewish American songwriters — and many of them immigrants or the sons and daughters of immigrants. They virtually created the uniquely American art form we call the musical, and in this multi-media 60-minute talk, Bill Rudman will tell the marvelous story of what they did and how they did it.