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The Sound of Goosesteps: A Lecture-Concert
June 27 , 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Three different musicals present changing American attitudes Towards Nazism, disputes surrounding its visual representation, Songwriters accused of anti-Semitism, and a “rise below Vulgarity” are a few of the topics discussed in an evening Enhanced by hand-picked videos and live singing.
This lecture-concert examines three beloved American musicals, all written by Jews, and each of them a mirror of the American attitude towards the horrors of World War II during the time of the work’s inception. Among the topics discussed will be disputes surrounding the visual representation of the Nazi threat on stage, major controversy that arose as a result of some of the songwriters’ choices, and does humor have a place as a coping mechanism with those dark times. The evening will be enhanced by hand-picked videos of stage and screen productions, as well as live performances of songs from the three shows.