Recording Broadway

Sammy Davis Jr

On May 9 and 10, researchers in the Department of Music are hosting a two-day festival of events celebrating musical theatre cast albums and soundtracks. Organised by PhD students Elsa Marshall and Joshua Goodman with support from Dr Dominic McHugh and postdoctoral associate Dr Hannah Robbins, Recording Broadway comprises two film screenings and a study day, featuring speakers from across the UK and US.

Recording Broadway launches with a free screening on Thursday 9 May at 18:30 hosted at Film Unit in the Students' Union Auditorium. Leading musical theatre researcher and writer Laurence Maslon will present his latest documentary Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) followed by an expert panel discussion with Annalisa Johnson (Our Mel) and Dr. Nadena Doharty (University of Sheffield). This documentary considers Davis’s vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

On Friday 10 May, the Department is hosting a study day on cast albums with presentations that will critically examine musicals including Camelot, Gigi, Matilda, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Company. This is followed by a screening of the iconic Original Cast Album: Company, the seminal 1970 documentary following the recording session of Stephen Sondheim's musical, introduced by Laurence Maslon.

All information about the events and ticketing is available via the Recording Broadway website.

The event is kindly supported by ThinkAhead and the Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange.

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