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Video run time is 42 minutes.


How Culture-Rich Broadway Musicals Change Our Thinking

In this One Day University lecture, learn about the history of musicals and the impact four of them had on both society and the American musical theater scene

How can a stage show transform our thoughts, our understanding of a topic, even our culture? That’s the idea behind this standing-O-worthy One Day University class, Four Musicals That Changed Broadway, by Sean Hartley, the director of New York City’s Kaufman Music Center’s Theater Wing.

“Looking at four musicals, from Oklahoma! to Hamilton, his point isn’t that these are the greatest shows ever but rather the most influential, and he shows you why,” says One Day University founder Steven Schragis. “Take Hamilton, with its mixed casting and rap version of history. It captured the public’s imagination all the way to the White House.... [Hartley] talks about the history of musicals in a way that’s never dull and it makes you want to get back to the theater again. Until then, this is an excellent fix for Broadway lovers.”


This video will be available through May 12, 2021.

Mark Your Calendars


For a limited time, AARP Members Only Access is offering dynamic lectures from One Day University. Videos will be linked below as they become available and will also be accessible from the Members Only Access home page. Here’s the schedule:


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