Engaging, humorous, and provocative, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film ...
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Engaging, humorous, and provocative, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film showcases the work of legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Interviews with songwriters and luminaries including Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse, and Mel Brooks provide insight, alongside standout performances and archival footage. Written by
Excellent documentary detailing the role of the Jewish composer in Broadway musicals.
It was the hope of the composers to be able to assimilate, accommodate and bring music into the lives of audiences. While we can see Jewish liturgy being used in composition, shows were made to highlight the traditions of all people, not only depicting the Jewish experience. In fact, many of the composers went out of their way to write pieces dealing with non-Jewish characters. That is why 1964's "Fiddler on the Roof" was such a break through in the history of the musical theater.
Mel Brooks' idea of destroying Hitler through comedy is certainly unique, but as far as I'm concerned is still quite controversial to say the least.
Cole Porter claimed that he would be successful in the field by writing Jewish.
Ethel Merman disgraced herself by bringing a ham sandwich to a Seder on Passover. Merman lived in fear of being associated with Jewish identity.
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