The Graduate Programs in Theatre & Performance Research
present a pre-show exploration of Disney’s hit musical, Newsies
Friday, October 22, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm | Room 249 – Fine Arts Building
Dr. Michael Buchler, associate professor of music theory & Lauren Abel, Newsies dramaturg and masters student in theatre studies & Sarah Hinzman, Newsies assistant director and MFA directing student
Adapted from a 1992 film of the same name, Newsies is a bustling, energetic retelling of New York City’s 1899 News Boys Strike. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, Newsies has captured the hearts and minds of audiences. How does a creative team translate a movie into a musical? What elements of history remain, and how might you learn more? And how do the David-vs-Goliath style labor uprising and the power of collective action highlighted in the show run up against the twenty-first-century neoliberal mindset? Join us to make your return to the theatre even more special as we answer these questions and many more!
Michael Buchler is a Professor of Music Theory at FSU. His research focuses on Broadway musicals and 20th and 21st-century music, and he has published widely. He has received teaching awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching at FSU and is the President-Elect of the Society for Music Theory.
Lauren Abel is a Theatre Studies student in the MA Program. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance. Her primary areas of research are feminist theatre, gender studies, and aerial performance. She is also a member of the FSU Flying High Circus.
Sarah Hinzman is a first-year MFA Directing student. She earned a BFA in Music Theatre (Viterbo University), an MS in Adult Learning & Organizational Performance (Drake University), and a certificate in Shakespeare Performance (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art). She is also an accomplished actor, educator, and producer with experience throughout the Midwest and North Carolina.
Per FSU policy, masks are expected and appreciated on campus!