Musical Theater & Jewish History at Bjorklunden

From July 19 to July 24, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering these seminars: “A Guided Tour Through the History of the American Musical Theater” with Roger Nelson and “Rebels, Heretics, and Eccentrics in Jewish History” with Michael Nutkiewicz.

How did the unique art form of the American musical come to be? Through audio, video and live examples, the class will visit the landmark musicals, creators and performers that defined the musical theater of their time. The three major arteries that fed “classic” musical theatre will be examined, including how their influence molded musical theater today. The tour includes stops at the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the world of Vaudeville, the “golden age” of the American musical from Oklahoma! to Fiddler on the Roof, the rock revolution of the 1960s, the concept musicals of Stephen Sondheim, and new directions in the contemporary musical theatre scene.

“Rebels, Heretics, and Eccentrics in Jewish History” will explore six intriguing Jewish historical personalities. From the 13th century with Maimonides, who was the greatest rabbinic scholar in the middle ages, but rabbis burned his books, to the 20th century with Martin Buber, who is respected across denominations, this course will bring these characters to life.

Seminar classes are held at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor, and meet weekday mornings and some evenings. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden’s resident chef. For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216, email [email protected] or visit