[This Program is scheduled on Eastern Time Zone]
Jews in Film, a Women’s League education program; Somewhere over the Rainbow – The Jewish Connection to Movie Musicals of the 1930s.
Jews and their music have influenced American music and especially American musical theater. This truly American art form attracted the talents of the greatest songwriters of the pre-rock era who between them wrote the musical and lyrics for practically all the great musicals of the ’30s and ’40s.
Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Alan Jay Lerner, and Frederick Loewe shaped American musical theater. With the exception of Cole Porter, all these were Jewish.
Using video clips and Powerpoint, this class will explore the musical films created by Jewish composers and directors during the 1930s from the early talkies to the early 1940s. The Yiddish musical film will also be explored.
FREE registration is a benefit of your Women’s League membership.