F113 Fall 2018 Musicals and the Second Half of Life
Saturdays, 11:00–12:30, Oct. 27–Nov. 3
Instructor: Barry Bortnick
Sometimes standing “front and center,” sometimes framing or providing the “backbone” to a show, characters in the second half of life frequently play a wonderfully vital role in the way musicals give us pleasure, insights, and inspiration. With a variety of video excerpts from favorite shows as well as lesser known gems, this new course explores some of the rich, varied, and memorable ways in which the second half of life is portrayed in musicals. The course examines how musicals bring alive such themes as: older adults as sources of wisdom and inspiration for the young; romance and friendship in the second half; dealing with technology and other frequently encountered second half “adventures,” and rediscovering or fulfilling dreams, goals, and passions. The course also includes an excerpt from “Songs of the Second Half,” an original musical by the instructor.
Barry Bortnick, PhD, is a composer, lyricist, and book writer of musicals performed on both coasts and in London. He is the former program director for humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension and founding director of the UCLA OLLI. He received his PhD from Harvard University where he did research on creativity and the development of interest in the arts. He has taught courses on the American musical at various OLLIs around the country.