Reading Musicals:

Sources, Editions, Performance

 A conference in honor of Geoffrey Block


The Great American Songbook Foundation 

The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN

9-11 May 2018

Full Conference Registration is now closed.  Day-Only Registration will remain open,

though this registration will not include dinner on May 9th.



In the twenty years since the original publication of Geoffrey Block's seminal book Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from "Show Boat" to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber (1997; 2nd ed. 2009), musical theater research has grown exponentially. Numerous monographs, articles, performances and digital outputs have expanded the parameters of the field, and the journal Studies in Musical Theatre has been a vehicle for research on a subject that sometimes previously struggled to find a home. Archives have enriched and expanded their collections, often putting both catalogues and documents online, and the creation of critical editions of the works of George Gershwin and Frederick Loewe, following on from the pioneering efforts of the Kurt Weill Edition, will put reliable versions of musical theatre texts in libraries across the globe for performers and students alike to refer to.
Yet there is much more to be done, and in this conference that honors both Block's own scholarship and his stewardship of the work of others through Oxford's Broadway Legacies and Yale's Broadway Masters series, we aim to address three broad themes in particular: sources, editions and performance.
The conference will feature extended presentations by members of the Broadway Legacies board - Tim Carter, Kim Kowalke, Jeffrey Magee, and Dominic McHugh - as well as Block himself.

Attendees are responsible for travel & lodging.  Registration pricing is as follows:
  • Registrant - $160.00 (U.S.) REGISTRATION TYPE CLOSED
  • Student Registrant - $130.00 (U.S.) REGISTRATION TYPE CLOSED
  • Single Day Rate - $40.00 (U.S.)
  • May 9th Only + Welcome Dinner - $80.00 (U.S.) REGISTRATION TYPE CLOSED
Prospective speakers please see Call for Papers for more information.