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19 October 2004 (USA) See more »
A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical Full summary »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 43 of 81)

Julie Andrews ... Herself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
John Lahr ... Himself (6 episodes, 2004)

Stephen Sondheim ... Himself (6 episodes, 2004)
Philip Furia ... Himself (4 episodes, 2004)
Brendan Gill ... Himself (4 episodes, 2004)
Al Hirschfeld ... Himself (4 episodes, 2004)

Tommy Tune ... Himself (4 episodes, 2004)
Max Wilk ... Himself (4 episodes, 2004)

Joel Grey ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2004)
Stephen Hanan ... Himself (3 episodes, 2004)
Robert Kimball ... Himself (3 episodes, 2004)
Harold Prince ... Himself (3 episodes, 2004)
Jonathan Sheffer ... Himself (3 episodes, 2004)
Nancy Kathryn Anderson ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Mary Ellen Barrett ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Mel Brooks ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Kitty Carlisle ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Carol Channing ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Ted Chapin ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Jerome Chodorov ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Stanley Donen ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Ann Douglas ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Chris Ferry ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Jonathan Freeman ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
John Herrera ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Margo Jefferson ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Jane Krakowski ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Miles Kreuger ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Arthur Laurents ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

John McMartin ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Steve Nelson ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Dana O'Connell ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Jerry Orbach ... Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004)

Frank Rich ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Jerome Robbins ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Mary Rodgers ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Jonathan Schwartz ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Peter Stone ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Julie Taymor ... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)

Ben Vereen ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

George C. Wolfe ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Jeffrey Wright ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Chip Zien ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Series Directed by
Michael Kantor (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Writing credits
Martin Starger (6 episodes, 2004)
Michael Kantor (3 episodes, 2004)
Marc Fields (2 episodes, 2004)
Laurence Maslon (2 episodes, 2004)
JoAnn Young (2 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Lynn Badia .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Dupre .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
David Horn .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2004)
David M. Jackson .... executive producer: uk (6 episodes, 2004)
Michael Kantor .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Bill O'Donnell .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Sally Rosenthal .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Lucia Touchstone Haring .... producer / associate producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Jac Venza .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Cinematography by
Mead Hunt (6 episodes, 2004)
Buddy Squires (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Film Editing by
Kris Liem (3 episodes, 2004)
Adam Zucker (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Makeup Department
Toy Van Lierop .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Sound Department
Mark Mandler .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2004)
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Deborah Wallach .... supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 2004)
John Zecca .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2004)

Erich Netherton .... assistant narration recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana J. Collins .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 2004)
Series Editorial Department
Christy Denes .... associate editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Music Department
Eos Orchestra .... musicians: incidental music (6 episodes, 2004)
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Matthias Gohl .... music arranger / music producer / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
David Loud .... musician: piano (6 episodes, 2004)
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor: incidental music (6 episodes, 2004)
Series Other crew
Arlen Appelbaum .... legal & business affairs (6 episodes, 2004)
Laurence Maslon .... senior consultant (6 episodes, 2004)
Meredith McGuire .... production associate (6 episodes, 2004)
Kristen Sullivan McEntyre .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2004)

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Additional Details

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360 min (6 parts)
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Did You Know?

The unidentified two-strip Technicolor sequences used to illustrate "The Ziegfeld Follies" were lifted out of Glorifying the American Girl (1929). The star of this film, also unidentified although frequently shown in the clips, was 'Mary Eaton', sister of interviewee Doris Eaton.See more »
Anachronisms: A two-strip technicolor clip of Dennis King and Jeanette MacDonald from The Vagabond King (q.v.) is used to illustrate the pre-Ziegfeld shows seen on Broadway before the turn of the century. The Vagabond King was not performed on Broadway until 1925, and the film was made four years later (1929) and released in 1930.See more »
Movie Connections:
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A great source of information..., 19 June 2005
Author: bijou-2 from London, England

For many of us, with only a passing knowledge of American musical theatre, this is a godsend. I always suspected that these composers borrowed freely from each other and was not surprised to find out that they were often each others mentors.

The section on the THE CRADLE WILL ROCK was an alarming history lesson in recent censorship and should be as much a part of school curriculum as prohibition or blacklisting. Perhaps New York would not be so quick to condemn other states if it faced its own history of oppression since the behaviour of the city has often been the forerunner of standards, including censorship, elsewhere.

The series captures the social and artistic effects of SHOW BOAT, OKLAHOMA!, WEST SIDE STORY, HAIR and A CHORUS LINE among many others and beautifully highlights the effect they had not only on audiences but also on the talent behind the scenes.

One surprising (and annoying) feature of this set is the misguided effort to highlight the contribution of African Americans by segregating black performances into sections. The final effect is an "us and them" result that will appear racist as the years go by. Surely the contribution of black talent is not any more or less important than that of any other minority in the melting pot and the series easily integrates Jewish, Irish and Hispanic contributions effortlessly. Surely there is no need to suggest that Ethel Waters brought more to the stage by way of personal baggage than Fanny Brice or Harvey Fierstein. One obvious and major contributing element that becomes an elephant in the room to anyone who has ever seen a Broadway musical is delicately footnoted. This element is the fact that these shows are usually, dare I say it, quite gay in every sense of the word. Perhaps this is a current mutation of the badly kept Hollywood secret that the studios were mostly run by Jews. Do the producers really think it unimportant or simply too obvious to address?

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