Musical Theatre Research Group Holds Mini-Festival

 Sasmmy Davis Junior

Elsa Marshall and Joshua Goodman, PhD researchers from the Department of Music, curated the two-day Recording Broadway festival on 9th and 10th May.

The events attracted an international audience, with guests and participants from the UK and USA. Special guest speaker and renowned broadcaster Prof. Laurence Maslon from New York University gave a keynote talk as well as introducing both screenings.

On Thursday 9th May, the festival started with a screening of Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, a documentary written and co-produced by guest speaker Laurence Maslon at the Film Unit cinema. It was followed by a panel discussion with Annalisa Johnson and Dr. Nadena Doharty on the role of identity in Davis' career and in writing documentaries.

The following day, the Department of Music hosted a study day in which academics presented papers on Broadway cast albums and discussed its role in disseminating musical theatre to the public. Prof. Maslon gave a keynote based on his recent publication, Broadway to Main Street: How Show Music Enchanted America (OUP 2018).

The festival culminated in the screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s seminal 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company at the Showroom Cinema.

The festival was organised with the support of Dr. Dominic McHugh and Dr. Hannah Robbins. It was made possible thanks to funding from Think Ahead and the Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange.

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