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Gotta Dance - The Hollywood Musical
Gotta Dance - The Hollywood Musical

Wed, 21 Jun


East Horsley Village Hall

Gotta Dance - The Hollywood Musical

Colin Shindler looks at the emergence of a genuine American art form from Hollywood to cinema

Time & location

21 Jun 2023, 10:30

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT

About the event

This lecture looks at the evolution of the Hollywood musical from the beginnings of the sound revolution in 1929 through its glory years in the golden age of Hollywood to its near disappearance at the end of the studio era and its occasional revival in recent years through The Producers and Chicago. There will be excerpts from 42nd Street, Golddiggers of 1933, Swing Time with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Babes on Broadway and Gene Kelly in An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain. In so doing, the lecture reveals the emergence of a genuine American art form and looks at how the Hollywood musical evolved from the Broadway musical comedy to create something specifically American and cinematic.

About the speaker

Colin Shindler has been lecturing on American and British social and cultural history for over 20 years. He was awarded his PhD at Cambridge University and subsequently lectured on film for their History Faculty between 1998 and 2019 exploring its relationship to modern British and American social and cultural history. He also teaches a variety of adult education courses at Madingley and Higham Hall in Cumbria and has lectured on cruises.

This event is free to members.

Visitors are welcome to join us - £5 on the door.

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