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Explore the relationship between performance, sound technologies and the history of musical theatre on record with this special lecture and screening.

This event begins with a public lecture by Dr Doug Reside (New York Public Library), examining the relationship between recording technologies and musical theatre, and will include a live demonstration of acoustic recording on a 1905 Edison phonograph with historic recording engineer Duncan Miller.

This will be followed by a screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s seminal documentary Original Cast Album: Company (1970). Written by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim, Company (1970) was one of the first musicals for which Sondheim contributed both music and lyrics. Its 'plotless' structure challenged and changed what the Broadway musical could be, and its exploration of relationships was bitingly contemporary when it was first produced.

Pennebaker's documentary, which captures the ups and downs of the cast recording the work on a long Sunday in 1970, is the only one of its kind. Originally planned as part of a series documenting the making of cast albums, it exists today as a rare insight into the ways live performance is committed to record.

Tickets include entry to both the lecture-demonstration and screening, but you're welcome to attend as much or little as you're able.

This event is hosted by the National Science and Media Museum as part of Widescreen Weekend and is part of the ‘Original Cast Recordings’ Research Network, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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In Good Company: Sound on Stage and Screen


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