The Sound of Gesamtkunstwerk: Wagner to Kern to R&H

My article appears in the Fall 2019 edition of The Glimmerglass Festival’s Fanfare magazine. It starts with Wagner’s idea of a “total work of art” and then traces his influence on American musical theatre. The article ties Glimmerglass’s past and future productions together: Wagner’s Die Feen (2020), Rodgers & Kern’s Showboat (2019), and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (2020).

I also wrote a sidebar chronicling the changes made in adapting The Sound of Music for film. It previews the stage/screen hybrid version to play at Glimmerglass in Summer 2020.

You can read the article here.