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LLI: Lights! Camera! Action! Early Years of the Movie Musical

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereTuesday, Oct 15, 2019 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, Science and Technology

Instructor: Dan Sherman

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

In 1927, the film musical came to Hollywood with The Jazz Singer. Although the technology was initially crude, films quickly evolved through the 1930s to feature the great silver screen films of Fred and Ginger and Technicolor of The Wizard of Oz. Unlike later times, movies of this time primarily included songs written for films rather than the stage. This class will provide a chance to sample great performances – both well-known and not – from film musicals of the 1930s that contributed to the Great American Songbook.

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 and George Gershwin.

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