Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger, and musical director Paul Bogaev will give a musical theater vocal master class on Tuesday, November 15 in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new Program in Music Theater, the master class is a part of Princeton University Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s fall course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public to observe.

Wolf’s course examines the performances of gender, sexuality, and romance in the Broadway musical theater since the 1940s, including, for example, In the Heights and West Side Story. The semester includes a trip to the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as discussions with visiting figures in musical theater.

Paul Bogaev

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger, and musical director Paul Bogaev. Photo courtesy Paul Bogaev

Bogaev’s work spans Disney classics such as The Lion King, the Oscar-winning film version of Chicago, and Broadway musicals such as Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark. Within the film industry, Bogaev’s credits include Dreamgirls, starring Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson, as well as Nine, Across the Universe, Mulan, and Emperor’s New Groove. His Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, Tarzan, Cats, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, which earned him a Grammy, and Bombay Dreams, which earned him a Tony nomination. His television credits include South Pacific, Cinderella, and Annie, which earned him an Emmy. Bogaev has collaborated with celebrated performers such as Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Kristen Chenoweth, Elton John, Beyoncé, Fergie, and Harry Connick, Jr. He continues to teach music and singing through master classes and private coaching sessions.

Wolf teaches courses in American musical theater history, dramaturgy and dramatic literature, histories of U.S. performance, performance theory, and performance studies. She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical (recently named one of the “top ten books every theater lover should read” by Marissa Friedman); A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical; and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical. She is currently working on Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S., which examines amateur musical theater at high schools, summer camps, community centers, and afterschool programs across the country. Wolf is also director of the Princeton Arts Fellows program in the Lewis Center.

The new Program in Music Theater, which is a collaboration among the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater and Program in Dance and the Department of Music, brings together students, faculty, and guest artists in the creation, performance, and study of all forms of music theater—that is, any theatrical form that combines singing, acting, and movement.

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