Musical actress will lecture on what makes a musical
Americans adore musicals, and rightly so because Americans invented musicals, perfected the craft and continue to evolve the "standard" musical while pushing the limits.
Within the last year, America has seen how musicals can turn into a history lesson taught through quick lyrics and hip hop beats thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton." The Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Grammy-winning musical, which embraced diversity with its multi-ethnic casting, honors the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton.
Musicals are constantly informing while transforming. But all musicals are built on the same foundation, and Rose-Mary Rumbley will look into what makes a musical when she reviews "The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built" Thursday for the Lawton Book and Play Review Club.
Rumbley, a musical actress herself from Texas, read a review for "The Secret Life of the American Musical" in The New York Times and thought, "This is my book." The author, Jack Viertel, has three decades of working on Broadway under his belt as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg and creative force. In "The Secret Life of the American Musical," he shows the architectural pattern of classic shows and charts the evolution of musical theatre alongside the progression of America.
"It inspired me to remember all of the great scenes and all of the musicals that I love," Rumbley said.