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6th Susan Porter Memorial Symposium
October 2-4, 2010: Schedule

Classic Broadway and those who built it


  • Saturday, October 2
  • Sunday, October 3
  • Monday, October 4

      Venue: First Congregational Church UCC
      Location: corner of Broadway & Pine Street, downtown Boulder


Session I: Pre- or Post-? Classic Broadway
      chair: Tom Riis, University of Colorado at Boulder


Bye Bye Birdie8:15 am -- Playin' House: Broadway's "First" Rock-n-Roll Song
      Scott Warfield, University of Central Florida


8:45 am -- The Revival of Tin Pan Alley Musicals: Reshape and Reinvent
      Paul Christman, The University of Oklahoma


9:15 am -- Race, Rock and Cold War Anxiety in Bye Bye Birdie
Ryan Bunch, Holy Family University, Community College, Philadelphia


9:45 am -- Break



Session II: Depicting Race & Nations:
Oscar Hammerstein & His Collaborators
      chair: Erika Randall, University of Colorado at Boulder


King & I poster10:00 am -- Post War/Cold War Show Boats
      Todd Decker, Washington University of St. Louis


10:30 am -- Staging Stowe in Siam,
or the Puzzlement of The Small House of Uncle Thomas

      James Steichen, Princeton University


11:00 am -- Break


11:15 am -- Musical Assimilation and King Mongkut in The King and I
      Carla Ponti, University of California, San Diego


11:45 am -- The Hundred Million Miracles of Adaptation:
Erasures of Chinese Gender and Nationalist Inclusion in Flower Drum Song

      Brian Granger, University of California, Santa Barbara


Noon --  Break/Lunch on your own



Session III: Panel Discussion:
The Role of the Critic in Mid-20th Century Musical Theater:
Genre Formation, Identity Politics, & Structures of Reception

1:30 - 3:00  pm -- Panel members:
      Raymond Knapp, University of California, Los Angeles
      Jessica Sternfeld, Chapman University Conservatory of Music
      Stacy Wolf, Princeton University
      Elizabeth Wollman, Baruch College, CUNY

Session IV: Cross-Dressing & Transgressing with Voice & Gender
      chair: Bud Coleman, University of Colorado at Boulder


Guys & Dolls3:30 pm -- Pins and Needles: Working Class Culture in Revue
      Trudi Wright, University of Colorado at Boulder


4:00 pm -- Why Do We Fall for the Diva of the Rasp? Vocal Cross-Dressing on Broadway
      Samuel Baltimore, University of California, Los Angeles


4:30 pm -- Learning to Speak (and Sing) the Other's Language:
On Gamblers, Missionaries, and Their Musical Signifiers in Guys and Dolls

      Michael Buchler, Florida State University


Dinner on your own



Session V: Keynote Speaker

7:30 pm -- Theatrical Liberalism: The Backstage Musical as Secular Judaism
Andrea Most, Professor of English, University of Toronto


      Reception to follow at First Congregational Church

      Venue: University of Colorado, College of Music, Chamber Hall [Room C-199]
      Location: 18th & Euclid, off Broadway


Session VI: Jewish "Actors" / Black Music

      chair:  Linda Snyder, University of Dayton

West Side Story8:30 am -- Dorothy Fields in Black and White
      Charlotte Greenspan, Cornell University


9:00 am -- The Jewish West Side Story
      Elizabeth A. Wells, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick


9:30 am -- Break


9:45 am -- Jule Styne's Leading Ladies & the Golden Age of the Broadway Book Musical
      Eliott Kahn, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York


10:15 am -- Golden Boy and "Black-Jewish" Relations
      James Leve, Northern Arizona University


10:45 am -- Jazz and the Politics of Identity in Bernstein's New York Musicals
      Katherine Baber, University of Redlands, California 


11:15 am -- Brunch Break



Session VII: Genre & Reception, Part 2

      chair: Paul Laird, University of Kansas

Oklahoma 19431:00 pm -- Selling Oklahoma!: The Genesis of the "First Ever" Integrated Musical
      James O'Leary, Yale University


1:30 pm -- A Funny Thing Happened . . . to the Integrated Show
      Sarah Taylor Ellis, University of California, Los Angeles


2:00 pm -- The Creation of “Wicked”: A Consideration from Draft Scripts and Music Manuscripts
      Paul R. Laird, University of Kansas


2:30 pm -- Break



Session VIII: Remembering the Decades of Classic Broadway
     moderator: William Everett, University of Missouri-Kansas City


3:00 - 4:30 pm -- Panel members:
      Jo Sullivan Loesser, New York singer/actor
      Michael Duran, Founding Director, Boulder's Dinner Theatre
      Lisa Tamiris Becker, Boulder, CO
      Eliott Kahn, New York, NY

Dinner Break



7:30 pm -- Robert and Ruth Fink Lecture:
      My Father’s Musical Time-Capsule: George Gershwin, Affirmative Action, and the Ultimate American Promise

Rose Rosengard Subotnik, Professor Emerita, Brown University


      Reception to follow in the College of Music

Frank Loesser StampMorning and afternoon:
open schedule, tours of Boulder and Front Range sites TBA


I Believe in You, An Evening with Frank Loesser

Benefit & dinner concert for Boulder Community Hospital & the AMRC


      Venue: Boulder's Dinner Theater [advanced ticket purchase required: $150]
      Location: 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder