Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Session I: July 6 – 31, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Thursdays; 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Cost: $344
Course Number: 72764

Dates & Deadlines  Registration Information

Course Description:

This course will explore several popular musicals and doing so, discover how the form of musical theater has changed over the past 70+ years. Through an examination of the script, the lyrics, the music, and a little bit of the history around each show, students will learn how a musical works, and how the craft of writing musical theater has evolved. In this four-week study, we will look at six popular musicals – Guys and DollsWest Side StoryFiddler on the RoofInto the WoodsLittle Shop of Horrors, and Hamilton.

Topics that may be included in this course:

  • Song forms and functions
  • Narrative structure, scene by scene
  • Character development
  • Miniscore – how do music and lyrics help tell the story of each character?
  • Adaptation from other media

Program & Technology Requirements

Required Technology

  • Reliable internet access
  • Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)


Brian Cimmet

Brian Cimmet is on the full time faculty of the Drama Department at Syracuse University, where he teaches courses in Musical Theater Literature and History, Musical Theater Audition Technique, and serves as the resident Music Director for both the Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage. Outside of the university, he has worked as a Music Director, conductor, and pianist in professional theater since 1991. His experiences have ranged across high school, summer stock, regional theater, national and international tours, cruise ships, film and television, and Broadway.