From Opera to Operetta to Musical

Presented by: Mitchell Brown

Opera was the great entertainment of the 18th and 19th Century. Over time, a more populist form of opera grew into what we now call operetta, which accommodated the tastes of the time with its more accessible tunes and plots. As time went on, operetta itself morphed into what we now know as the Broadway Musical. Yet, despite the apparent shifts in style and taste, the conventions between the three theatrical entertainments are almost identical. In this class, we will see the unbroken arc of Opera to Operetta to Musical, from Verdi to Gilbert & Sullivan to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber.