A History of the American Musical

Doug Anderson’s four-part exploration of 175 years of Broadway


March 4 – April 1, 2019

1840s to 1920s:
From Minstrelsy to Showboat
March 4, 2019
4:00 – 5:30 pm
7:00 – 8:30 pm
1930s to 1950s:
From Rodgers and Hart to Rodgers and Hammerstein
March 11, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hair, Sondheim, Webber and The Disney Invasion
March 25 , 2019
 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2000 to Today:
The Contemporary Musical & The Economics of the Broadway Musical
April 1, 2019
 7:00 – 8:30 pm
NOTE: On Monday, March 4, tickets for both the 4pm or the 7pm session will be honored.
$25 per session / $85 for four sessions

The Broadway Musical is perhaps America’s greatest contribution to the arts.  It’s a glorious, jazzy, star-studded and surprisingly turbulent history, one that remains largely unknown to people who love musicals.  THT artistic director Douglas Anderson expands on a class he has taught at colleges and universities, using  THT’s big screen to bring you actual footage of historic performers such as Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Ethel Merman, and Julie Andrews, as well as musical numbers from decades of Broadway hits, with Doug’s expert commentary to put it all into perspective. 

Doug also teaches part of each class from the piano, with guest performers singing key songs from important musicals.  Each session will be a wildly entertaining evening, while also touching on the American musical’s engagement with sex, race and politics. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. Bar and refreshments will be available. 

Scholarships are available through a generous grant from Middlebury Community Players. To request a scholarship, email