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Feb 22 2019

Estranged Partners?: The Place of Musical Theater Studies within Popular Music Studies

Lani Hall

One of the most vexing questions in scholarship that deals with popular music and/or musicals is the strange bifurcation that divides these into separate and even antagonistic realms, despite their strong connections, as practices, throughout the intertwined histories of popular music and stage music in US American culture, from Show Boat and The Jazz Singer to Hamilton, from Tin Pan Alley to Hip Hop and beyond. This one-day symposium brings together scholars and practitioners from both popular music studies and musical theater studies to present a diversity of perspectives on this bifurcation and discuss how the artificial boundary between these two areas might be better understood and managed.

Panelists: Daniel Goldmark (Case Western University), Elizabeth Wollman (CUNY Graduate Center), Raymond Knapp (UCLA), Oliver Wang (CSULB), Amy Coddington (Amherst University), Masi Asare (Northwestern University), Jake Johnson (Oklahoma City), Nina Eidsheim (UCLA), and Shana Redmond (UCLA)


12pm-1:15pm: Concert featuring students from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Selections from Bells Are Ringing, Between the Lines, Edges, Waitress, and world premiere musical Rebel Genius


Walker Brinskele, Fernando Carsa, Naama Shaham, Sara Gilbert, Michael Wells

1:30pm-3pm: Panel 1 - Vocal Embodimentmoderated by Mitchell Morris

Panelists: Masi Asare, Jake Johnson, Nina Sun Eidsheim, Shana L. Redmond

3pm-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm-5pm: Panel 2 - Theatricality and Authenticitymoderated by Robert Fink

Panelists: Elizabeth L. Wollman, Daniel Goldmark, Raymond Knapp, Amy Coddington, Oliver Wang

Register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

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This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!