Bryan Series presents ‘50 Years of Broadway: from Hair to Hamilton’

Published 10:08 am Friday, January 31, 2020

As part of the Bryan Cultural Series, Elizabeth City State University professor of visual and performing arts Dr. Christopher Palestrant will explore how musicals have influenced our culture and popular music.

It has been a fast and fun half century of musical theater that revolutionized how we think of popular music and the theater.

“Hair” challenged many of the norms of the day when it premiered in 1967, but its most lasting influence may have been on popular music — an influence that has lasted through the present day. Yet “Hair” did not become such a popular phenomenon in a cultural vacuum.

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The interplay of culture, popular music and Broadway is just one part of the modern history of theater, a history that includes taking stage productions and turning them into movies and back to the stage again.

All of this and more will be explored as Dr. Palestrant, University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Teacher of the Year, brings “50 Years of Broadway: from Hair to Hamilton” to the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and are available online at and as well as Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Gray’s Department Store in Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head.

Free tickets are available for all Dare County School students, faculty and staff. For more information, email or call or text 252-564-9767.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012. The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. The board strives to glean from talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard.

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Village Realty, TowneBank, Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk and Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills.



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