[Humanist] 23.684 Music Theatre Online

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 684.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2010 08:46:26 -0500
        From: Matthew Kirschenbaum <mkirschenbaum at gmail.com>
        Subject: Announcing Musical Theatre Online

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is
proud to announce the launch of the prototype of Music Theatre Online
(MTO), a freely accessible web-based archive of musical and music
theatre. Funded by a Digital Humanities Startup grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities, MTO provides a model for online
scholarly archives of the exceptionally multimodal art form of music
theatre.   “Under the inspired leadership of Doug Reside,” comments
MITH Director Neil Fraistat, “MTO promises to revolutionize the study
of musical theatre, and adds to an increasing number of MITH projects
involving the performing arts.”

The MTO prototype makes available, with the generous permission of
creators James Gardiner and Nick Blaemire, audio and video files,
photographs, and seventeen TEI encoded drafts of the 2008 Broadway
musical, Glory Days charting the development of the show from early
sketches through regional productions to opening night.  For several
versions of the show, the lyrics have been linked to audio
transcriptions of related performances, allowing a reader to closely
study both text and music simultaneously.

Glory Days is the first in what we hope will be a continuing series of
musicals added to the collection in the coming years.  Upcoming titles
under development include the 1866 melodrama The Black Crook and the
1920 Jerome Kern musical, Sally.  The prototype is available at

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
Director, Digital Cultures and Creativity (DCC, a new Living/Learning
Program in the Honors College)
University of Maryland
301-405-8505 or 301-314-7111 (fax)

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