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USM School of Music Offers Free Musical-Theatre Film Series

USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series

GORHAM, Maine – A free film series, starting this Sunday afternoon and open to the public, will highlight the history of the American musical theatre and feature some of its top productions, from vaudeville to the latest Broadway hits.

The series, which includes a range of movies from the first filmed version of “Porgy and Bess” to the award-winning “Rent,” is presented as part of a unique class being offered this semester at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

"American musical theatre mirrors all the great issues and struggles of out time," said instructor Christenia Alden-Kinne, who is teaching the class, "History of Musical Theatre in America."

“These productions focus on such issues as racism, feminism and poverty, yet they also demonstrate our country’s irrepressible optimism,” she said. “These landmark musicals are beloved by audiences, and they have changed the way we look at ourselves.”

A total of 10 films will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sundays over the coming months, and they will be shown on a big screen at 10 Bailey Hall on the USM Gorham campus. Alden-Kinne will introduce each film to the audience. The film series presentation is an example of USM’s commitment to community outreach.

Details of the film series are:

  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Yankee Doodle Dandy”; 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; 1942 bio pic celebrating the life of George M. Cohan; starring James Cagney in his Academy Award-winning performance; free and open to the public.
  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “The Pirates of Penzance”; 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; Kevin Kline reprises his Tony Award-winning role in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera of a roguish pirate king and a lovely maid; free and open to the public.
  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Showboat”; 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; the ground-breaking musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II; free and open to the public.
  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Porgy and Bess”; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; the first filmed version of George and Ira Gershwin's work, which uses George Gershwin's own orchestrations; performed by the London Philharmonic and the Glenbourne Opera Co.; directed by Trevor Nunn; free and open to the public.

  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Oklahoma”; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; the London Royal National Theatre staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein production; starring Hugh Jackman; directed by Trevor Nunn; free and open to the public.

  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “My Fair Lady”; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; the Academy Award-winning film, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn; awarded Best Picture in 1964; free and open to the public.

  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “West Side Story”; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; the Academy Award-winning film by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; named Best Picture in 1961; one of the American Film Institute’s 100 best films of all time; free and open to the public.
  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Sunday in the Park with George”; 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning concept musical starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters; free and open to the public.

  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Chicago”; 2 p.m., Sunday, April 20; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; Academy Award-winning film of the Kander, Ebb and Fosse musical; longest-running American musical on Broadway; named Best Picture 2002; free and open to the public.
  • USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series: “Rent”; 2 p.m., Sunday, April 27; 10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham campus; final performance on Broadway of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical; free and open to the public.

For more information about the USM School of Music, go to: http://usm.maine.edu/music

 

For more information about the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, go to: http://usm.maine.edu/cahs

 

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