Song, stage and screen X: The star system in musical theatre and film

24 June 2015 9:00 - 26 June 2015 22:00

Song, Stage and Screen X will explore the setting up and reinforcing of mechanisms that encourage an audience’s emotional affinity and identification with certain performers and their roles.

Location: Regent's University London Paddington Street Campus. Located near Marylebone High Street, 60 Paddington Street, W1U 4JA, is a 5-10 minute walk from Baker Street Tube station.

The entertainment industry has always relied extensively upon the lure and sales potential of star-dom; not for nothing did MGM boast in the 1930s to have “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven”. Yet it seems that the whole concept of the larger-than-life artistic persona is especially potent and relevant when it comes to the stage and film musical:

Certain film cycles are exclusively identified by their stars (Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland; Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), not by their directors. Certain stage roles (Harold Hill, Mama Rose, Fanny Brice) are always expected to be performed by star actors. There also is a particular fascination with the artist trying to make it in show business (42nd Street; A Star is Born; Funny Girl) and, conversely, with the fading star (A Star is Born; Applause; Follies; Sunset Boulevard).

The producers and artists working on film and stage musicals – whether conscious of doing so or not – are responsible for setting up and reinforcing the mechanisms that encourage an audience’s emotional affinity and identification with certain performers and their roles. Song, Stage and Screen X aims to explore these mechanisms and what they signify.

The keynote speech on “Musical Theatre Today” will be delivered by composer, musical director, lyricist, librettist, translator and director Jeremy Sams.

Registerations and package options

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Package option

  • Conference fee: £100
  • Conference fee including Conference Dinner on June 24: £120
  • Conference fee for students: £50

Last booking for the whole event: 24 June 2015.

Day tickets

  • Adults: £40 24 June // 25 June // 26 June
  • Students: £20 24 June // 25 June // 26 June

Booking for individual days may be done on the day.

Conference schedule

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Further information

For further information please contact the Conference Convenor: Olaf Jubin - jubino@regents.ac.uk

Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

Last updated: 03 May 2018