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Required for Musical Theatre/Musical Theatre Performance majors, also open as elective to students in other majors. Course examines musical theatre history from beginnings through ‘The Golden Age’of American song and the American musical to the present. Students study key figures, songs and shows in musical theatre, as well as social and cultural factors that influenced the form. Course develops research and critical thinking skills through reading and discussion of textbook, audio/visual presentations, essays, research projects, and tests.