This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer From The Jazz Singer to A Star Is Born: A History of the Movie Musical Afternoon Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Code: 1J0167 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Theatrical poster for the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain As soon as movies could talk, they began to sing and dance—and musicals quickly became among the most popular film genres in America. Over the next nine decades the movie musical would evolve to embrace every type of performance, from operetta to rock and soul, tap to ballet, and draw from Broadway hits and original creations from composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, traces the fascinating history of this uniquely American form and includes more than 30 excerpts spotlighting artists including Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, the Nicholas Brothers, Busby Berkeley, Gene Kelly, and the Beatles. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.