Showstoppers: Memorable Songs From Broadway and Beyond (and what makes them so great) – NYC

Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:45 am - 1:15 pm


11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Showstoppers: Memorable songs from Broadway (and beyond), and what makes them so great

Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center

What makes a song truly great? Timeless songs connect emotionally to millions of people and continue to do so over time. It's almost impossible to avoid reacting when you hear a well written, great song. Great songs are memorable musically and/or lyrically they stick in listener's minds. The rhyme scheme is solid with close or perfect rhymes. A great song will usually be relatable and relevant 25 years or 50 years after if was written. There may be exceptions, but a great song sticks around.

Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center

Sean Hartley is the director at the Kaufman Music Center’s Theater Wing, the chair of the SMS Admissions Assessment Committee, and on the faculty of the SMS Chorus and LMS Dalcroze. He is the Producer/Host of Broadway Close Up as well as Broadway Playhouse. Sean is also a playwright, composer, and lyricist: Cupid And Psyche (Drama Desk nomination,) Little Women; Snow (ASCAP Harold Arlen Award.); Leaving Home. He is in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota.