From Maria in The Sound of Music to Elphaba in Wicked to Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, vibrant women characters have graced the Broadway musical stage, singing and dancing their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. At the same time, these characters are in conversation with U.S. society, both reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Professor Wolf will lead a journey through musical theatre history from the 1950s until today – including She Loves Me in 1963 – to examine what women do in musical theatre and why it matters.
Stacy Wolf is one of America’s foremost scholars on musical theatre. She is Professor of Theater at Princeton, Director of Fellowships, and Director of Princeton’s new Program in Music Theater. She also has experience as a director and dramaturg. Wolf is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and recently received a 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.