The Walnut Creek Library Foundation’s Live! From the Library series will host professional actor, writer, and director Rob Seitelman as he presents “Broadway’s Golden Age: The Making of an American Art Form, 1921–1964.” From Showboat to Fiddler on the Roof, Seitelman will take us from the birth of the American musical through the major works that established the genre and a lively discussion on what makes the musical a quintessentially American art form.
Seitelman believes that when we attend a musical theatre production, we go with certain ideas about what we're going to see and hear, and that those notions took years to develop and are ever-changing. The majority of what we think about musical theatre dates back to its Golden Age, 1921 through 1964. In this presentation, Seitelman will take us on a deep dive into the evolution of the American musical and what it means to us today.
A student of theatre, including musical theatre, for almost thirty years, Seitelman studied at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT, San Francisco), where he earned his MFA in 2004. Seitelman has acted, directed, and written professionally, and has worked in various creative capacities with ACT, Berkeley Rep, and Berkeley Playhouse, among others. He co-founded a performing arts high school in Antioch Unified School District and has run theatre programs at high schools across the San Francisco Bay Area for the past ten years. His original musical based on Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost premiered at the New York Music Theatre Festival in 2008. Seitelman lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and a cat, all of whom have Shakespearean names (except his wife).