Fall 2020 Online Broadway Close Up Performances Spotlight Musical Theater Icons Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields & Stephen Schwartz

Nikki Renée Daniels 

Kaufman Music Center’s Broadway Close Up series moves online this fall with three intimate lecture-concerts exploring the lives, careers and music of three of musical theater’s most fascinating figures: Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) Mon. October 26, at 7 pm; Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) Mon. November 16 at 7 pm; and Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948) Mon. December 7 at 7 pm. Their stories bring to life the rich history of the American musical and its evolution from comedy revues to sophisticated, fully-realized musical plays.

Hosted by Theater@Kaufman Director Sean Hartley and filmed in Merkin Hall, these one-hour performances pair lively and informative lectures with performances of songs from iconic musicals from the 1920s to the present including ShowboatOklahoma!, CarouselA Tree Grows in BrooklynWicked and many more.

Cast members are Broadway stars Clifton Duncan (The Play That Goes Wrong) and Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Porgy and Bess) and the acclaimed jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, who the New York Times compares to “Ella Fitzgerald in her prime.” Music directed by Greg Jarrett.

Host Sean Hartley will answer questions submitted by audience members at live post-concert Q&A. Ticket buyers will be able to watch this performance on demand for 48 hours following the stream date.

Ticket buyers will receive emails with a link to the concerts before performances.