Millie Taylor and Mary Jo Lodge, 14 November 2013

Please note that this is a rescheduled London Theatre event (due to industrial action it has been moved from 31 October to 14 November)

London Theatre Seminar
Thursday, 14 November, 6.30-8.30pm
Senate Room, 1st floor, University of London Senate House

“Mashed Up Musicals: Hybridity in the Modern Musical on Stage and On Television”
Professor Millie Taylor, University of Winchester and Dr. Mary Jo Lodge, Lafayette College, USA (and University of Roehampton).

Modern musical theatre takes many forms and recently has found success in utilizing several disparate sources to create a “mashed up” whole.  Sometimes, this is seen in the way the piece is crafted, as in the musical styles that figure in recent musicals Fingerprint, Bombay Dreams and London Road.

In this session Millie Taylor presents “Hybrid Voices of Music Theatre: Fingerprint, Bombay Dreams and London Road which explores hybridity in the performance of song in these recent diverse pieces, and specifically examines how these musicals combine varied vocal styles, but allows their differences to co-exist.

In “The (Not So) New Directions for Smash-ed Hits: The Evolution of the Television Musical” Mary Jo Lodge explores the ways in which the modern musical is captured on American television in series including Glee and Smash.  This hybrid of stage extravaganza and weekly serial is moving in to a new maturity, thanks to these and other recent series.

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Winchester. She worked as a freelance musical director for many years on shows such as West Side Story, Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweeney Todd before becoming an academic. Recent publications include British Pantomime Performance (Intellect 2007), Singing for Musicals: A Practical Guide (Crowood Press 2008), and Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment (Ashgate Press, 2012). With Dominic Symonds she is currently preparing a textbook for musical theatre students, Studying Musical Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and the edited collection Gestures of Music Theatre: the performativity of song and dance will be published by Oxford University Press in December 2013.

Mary Jo Lodge is an associate professor of English and Theater at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and an active musical theater performer, director, and choreographer.  Mary Jo previously taught at Central Michigan University and founded their B.F.A. musical theater program. She holds a Ph.D. in theater from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in theater from Villanova University, and an undergraduate performance degree from Catholic University.  She has directed and choreographed numerous professional, college and summer stock productions, including Arabian Nights, Rent and A Thousand Cranes.  She is also active internationally as a musical theater scholar, and has recently published work on the director/choreographer, the television musical and dance in the musical.  She is currently in London as a Fulbright scholar.  As part of her Fulbright, she is teaching a course in American musical theater at Roehampton University in London and conducting research on British musicals for her book, On Bursting In to Song and other Perils of the Musical.