For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Remember the old-time greats like "My Fair Lady," "Oklahoma!" "West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls," "Camelot," "South Pacific," "The Music Man" and so many more? 
Ever wonder what made these shows from ‘The Golden Age of Broadway’ stand out?  How did the musical evolve from the minstrel show and vaudeville to the sophisticated musical comedies of the Golden Age? Who were the stars and what made them unique? And how did the stage musical translate to the movie musicals of Hollywood?
In The Golden Age of Broadway, a special interest class being offered this fall by Potomac State College of West Virginia University, students will learn the history and evolution of that unique form, the American musical theater, illustrated by anecdotes, photographs and analysis of musical and lyrical styles, enhanced by live performance of the songs that epitomized the American musical in its heyday.  Anyone who enjoys the theatre or old movies will take pleasure in this class.
The course will be taught by Ellen McDaniel-Weissler on Thursdays from Sept. 30 through Oct. 28 at the Church-McKee Arts Center, Room 201.
Individuals taking the classes will earn one credit-hour for the low rate of $95.  
Special interest courses tend to fill up quickly, so in order to reserve a seat, contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820 or at 800-262-7332.  
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