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LLI: Songs in the Dark: Film Musicals from the 1950s to Now

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereFriday, Feb 28, 2020 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Lg Rehearsal Hall, Science and Technology Campus

Instructor: Dan Sherman

Although film musicals go back to the 1920s, some of the very best came in the 1950s and later. Dan Sherman will continue the exploration of these musicals he began in an October LLI class to cover films from Singin’ in the Rain through La La Land. The class will highlight how some films (though not all) successfully use this medium to present an experience very different from stage. The class will include clips from many favorite movies that will enhance participants’ enjoyment of the movie musical.

Dan Sherman is a recently retired economist who earned his doctorate at Cornell University. He has taught more than 25 courses to lifelong learning groups in the Washington area, mostly on topics related to musical theatre. He gave his first LLI-Manassas class in April 2018, on “Hamilton: The Man and The Musical.” Since then he has given us classes on Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Hammerstein, George Gershwin, and early movie musicals.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit

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