Musical Theatre Nerd Alert–Ep. 3

Hey, nerds!

Here is a bit of insight into the world of Musical Theatre History class for the MFAs:  after spending weeks researching a composer or lyricist, crafting a beautiful PowerPoint, and lecturing on his or her life and work, we commonly develop a crush on our subject.  It totally happened with me and George Gershwin and even more so with Jeanine Tesori.  But no one became more infatuated than Courtney did with Oscar Hammerstein II.

Hammerstein served as an important bridge between the older style of operetta–think Kern, Herbert, and the like–and the newer style that would typify the Golden Age–think Loesser, Styne, and the like.  His lyrics have paired with some of America’s best-loved melodies.  Considering his mentorship of Stephen Sondheim, he is one of the most influential creators of the 20th century.

Now is a great time to tell you that if you’d like to subscribe to these videos directly, check out the SDSU Musical Theatre YouTube page.  You can find past episodes there too.  If you’re into social media, find and “like” our SDSU Facebook page.  There are a lot of exciting things happening–including a soon-to-be season announcement–and this is the best place to learn all about it.  There’s also some sweet content on Instagram @sdsumtmfa and on Twitter @MTMFASanDiego.  Later, nerds!

PREVIOUSLY:  Episode 2–Liv on Irving Berlin

UP NEXT:  Episode 4–Julia on Rodgers and Hart

Musical Theatre Nerd Alert–Ep. 2

Hey, nerds!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!  This holiday weekend is a perfect time to share the second episode of Musical Theatre Nerd Alert, because today Liv is telling us everything we need to know about Irving Berlin.  Jerome Kern–someone we learned about in the first episode–once said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music; he IS American music.”

So happy birthday, America!  Celebrate with some Irving Berlin!

Check it out and share with all the musical theatre nerds you know.

PREVIOUSLY:  Episode 1–Jessica on Jerome Kern

UP NEXT:  Episode 3–Courtney on Oscar Hammerstein II

#sdsumtmfa16 on the Blogosphere


It’s no secret that I go to school with ridiculously talented–and take a look at that photo, BEAUTIFUL–people at SDSU.  But aside from being performers, educators, creators, and scholars, we are also bloggers.  This week’s post is a little shout-out to them.

First up is Liv, our resident Dane.  On her blog–which you can read here–she documents her adventures in America and provides some quirky Danish perspective.  She will also be part of a huge new musical work in Denmark this summer.  I can’t wait to read all about that creative process.

Next is the social media guru himself, Kikau.  After you learn how to properly say his name–that’s KEY-cow–you should learn that this a man to follow.  He’s been doing the New York thing for awhile and once he finishes at SDSU, this guy is going to take the director/choreographer world by storm.  Find his daily thoughts here.

Lastly, there’s Jessica.  Though the baby of the #sdsumtmfa16, she has brains, talent, and chutzpah in spades.  She recently joined the roster of bloggers for, and her most recent post–which you can find here–just went up today!

A couple of others in our cohort have some things in the works, and so you may be hearing about some of those projects in future posts of mine.  Also worth mentioning is that if you haven’t checked out the blog for The Great American Trailer Park Musical,find it here.  Our dramaturgs and cousins in MFA-land–Andrea and Shane–have been working hard on sharing all sorts of hilarious content in preparation for our opening this Friday.  Speaking of opening, I need to get back to combing my mullet.

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