Only ten musicals have received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in the 104-year history of the prestigious awards. These ten masterpieces span the years 1932 to 2020, and provide for a compelling look at the development of the musical-theatre genre.
In order to provide as much in-depth exploration as possible, the course will be presented in two parts with each covering five musicals. Participants who are unavailable for both parts are welcome to select one or the other.
Part One will examine Of Thee I Sing, South Pacific, Fiorello!, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and A Chorus Line.
Facilitator: Lois Kivesto
A University of Toronto music graduate (viola), Lois Kivesto received a Ph.D. in theatre from New York University, with a dissertation on the theatre of James Lapine. Her essay “Comedy Tonight!” is published in Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook, part of the Garland Reference Library of the Humanities. A Toronto-based dramaturge and consultant, Lois is a long-serving Shaw Festival programme essayist, and a frequent lecturer for Stratford Festival and McMaster Stratford Seminar Series.