One of the songs in School of Rock, currently running at the Civic Theatre, is somewhat ironically titled “Where Did the Rock Go?” Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber might have felt the same way about the composer before his latest hit opened on Broadway.
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In 1977, the “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” organization was formed in Argentina to bring attention to abductions by the military dictatorship. The members’ daughters “disappeared,” after the military junta started a “Dirty War” targeted at the left-wing organizations fighting the government.
War and sexual assault are two issues that continue to affect countless people. A few of the selections at the UCSD Theatre & Dance: Wagner New Play Festival, How to Defend Yourself and SERE handle these subjects in ways that are highly impactful.
Most singers who use religion to connect with others write music that appeals to people with similar beliefs. A good example is Shlomo Carlebach, an Orthodox Jewish singer/composer/lyricist with the nickname “the Singing Rabbi.”