Music News

Princeton University will present Words for Music, Perhaps, a day-long symposium on Irish lyric and song featuring renowned scholars, writers, and musicians on Friday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The symposium is organized by Princeton Professor of English and Chair of the Fund for Irish Studies Clair Wills and cosponsored by Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Humanities Council, Department of Music, and Department of English. All events are free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

Thumbnail for Broadway producer of <em>Wicked, Next to Normal, War Paint</em> and other musicals David Stone at Princeton University

Broadway producer David Stone will discuss his career and work on Wicked and other hit musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf and her students as part of her spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Broadway Director John Doyle on the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim at Princeton University

Tony Award-winning director John Doyle will discuss his extensive experience directing Stephen Sondheim’s musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf on Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents the musical <em>Hairspray</em>

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Hairspray, the hit Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film, directed by senior AJ Jones and featuring Alex Daniels as Tracy Turnblad, on March 10, 11, 12, 14, and 16 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. Talkback discussions with the audience will follow the March 12 and 14 performances.

Thumbnail for &#8220;Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance&#8221; Series includes Screenings of films by Zoe Beloff, Jennifer McCoy, and Wynne Greenwood

Audiences are invited to join Princeton University students to screen recent independent films and meet filmmakers, musicians, and scholars as part of a semester-long series focusing on sound in film, Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance. The series is presented by the Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts in conjunction with the spring course “Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image” taught by Visiting Associate Professor Amy Herzog, who curated the series. Films and videos will be screened each Tuesday starting March 7 and continuing through the end of April. Filmmakers, musicians, and scholars associated with the work will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.

Thumbnail for Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Group Ken Cerniglia at Princeton University

Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Group Ken Cerniglia will discuss his career and how Disney thinks about race and representation in its Broadway shows in a conversation with students as part of Theater Professor Stacy Wolf’s spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Broadway Legend Chita Rivera in Conversation at Princeton University

The ten-time Tony-nominated actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera will discuss her extensive career on Broadway in musicals such as West Side Story and Chicago with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s fall course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Thumbnail for American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter Terrence McNally at Princeton University

The four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally will discuss his work and his collaborations with musical theater luminaries Harold Prince and John Kander and Fred Ebb in a conversation with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Award-winning composer, arranger, and musical director Paul Bogaev at Princeton University

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.

Thumbnail for Musical Theater Orchestrator and Composer Jonathan Tunick at Princeton University

The Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning orchestrator and composer Jonathan Tunick will discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and most of the great composers of the American musical theater in a conversation with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.

Belknap Teaching Fellow Iarla Ó Lionáird and Assistant Professor of Music Donnacha Dennehy, two faculty members at Princeton University, will discuss and perform excerpts of Dennehy’s new opera, Hunger, on Friday, November 18. The discussion and performance will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2016-17 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, this event is free and open to the public.