The Greatest Songwriting Teams of the Golden Age of Broadway

From Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” to Bock and Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” explore the creative partnerships of the great songwriting teams of the Golden Age of Broadway.

From “Oklahoma!” in 1943 to “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1964, the Golden Age of Broadway produced some of the best-loved musicals of all time. Debra Dickinson, former professional actress, explores the partnerships of several of the greatest songwriting teams of this era. This course examines the composers and lyricists who collaborated to create oft-revived masterpieces of the American musical theater. Discover the worlds and works of Rodgers and Hammerstein; Lerner and Loewe; Adler and Ross; Bernstein, Comden and Green; and Bock and Harnick and learn why their musicals still resonate today.

Image: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Wikimedia)


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1085.F18.1 Debra Dickinson On-campus 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Instructor: Debra Dickinson

Debra Dickinson, M.A. is an artist-teacher of opera studies at The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. A professional actress in New York for 17 years, her varied credits include the role of Guenevere opposite both Richard Burton and Richard Harris in “Camelot,” and Jellylorum in the German language production of “Cats” in Vienna, Austria. She has taught master classes for Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ebony Opera, served as the acting instructor for Glimmerglass Opera, Brevard Opera and Chautauqua Opera and was the recipient of the Shelfer Chair in Music Theater at Florida State University. She has been on the faculty of Rice for more than 20 years. Ms. Dickinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from Hunter College in New York City.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 18, 2018

End Date: Oct. 30, 2018

Schedule: 10-11:30 a.m.

Length: Six Tuesdays (no class Oct. 9)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 4

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

+ Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II: “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific”

+ Rodgers and Hammerstein, part two: “The King and I,” “Allegro,” “The Sound of Music”

+ Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe: “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Gigi”

+ Richard Adler and Jerry Ross: “Damn Yankees,” “The Pajama Game”

+ Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green: “On the Town,” “Wonderful Town”

+ Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick: “Fiorello,” “She Loves Me,” “Fiddler on the Roof”

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