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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy -- 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.


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Mary Ellen Barrett ... Herself (as Mary Ellin Barrett)
Jamie Bernstein ... Herself
Jerry Bock ... Himself (archive footage)

Matthew Broderick ... Himself

Mel Brooks ... Himself

Carol Channing ... Herself

Damon Evans ... Sportin' Life (archive footage)

Joel Grey ... Narrator
Ernest Harburg ... Himself
Sheldon Harnick ... Himself
Stuart J. Hecht ... Himself - Theatre Historian
Jerry Herman ... Himself

David Hyde Pierce ... Himself

Eric Idle ... Himself
John Kander ... Himself

Arthur Laurents ... Himself
David Lehman ... Himself - Poet
Andrew Lippa ... Himself

Laurence Maslon ... Himself - Theatre Historian

Zero Mostel ... Tevye (archive footage)
Phyllis Newman ... Herself

Kelli O'Hara ... Herself
Harold Prince ... Himself (as Hal Prince)
Mary Rodgers ... Herself (as Mary Rodgers Guettel)

Marc Shaiman ... Himself
David Shire ... Himself
Ben Sidran ... Himself

Stephen Sondheim ... Himself
Charles Strouse ... Himself
Michael Strunsky ... Himself
Jule Styne ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Styne ... Herself
Michael Tilson Thomas ... Himself

Maury Yeston ... Himself

Directed by
Michael Kantor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Kantor 

Produced by
Barbara Brilliant .... executive producer
Sylvia Cahill .... co-producer
Jan Gura .... co-producer
Jason Hutt .... consulting producer
Michael Kantor .... producer
Steve Rivo .... consulting producer
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
Mead Hunt 
Stephen Kazmierski  (as Steve Kazmierski)
Allan Palmer 
Antonio Rossi 
Anthony Savini 
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
Kris Liem 
Production Management
Dawn Schwartz .... production associate
Sound Department
Frank Coakley .... sound recordist
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Isaac .... sound recordist
Jayme Roy .... sound recordist
Lou Verrico .... recording engineer
Deborah Wallach .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Alexander Cardia .... motion graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Ames .... assistant camera
Damon Bundschuh .... assistant camera
Todd Sheridan .... assistant camera
Katie Strand .... assistant camera
Ryan Tully .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Alexander Cardia .... animator
Editorial Department
Evan Anthony .... colorist
Evan Anthony .... on-line editor
Martin Burga .... assistant editor
Justin Kavoussi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Andy Einhorn .... music supervisor
Adam Wachter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Joe Skinner .... production assistant

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  • PBS (2013) (USA) (TV)

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85 min

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Broadway Musicals: You Do Have to Be Jewish ****, 3 December 2013
Author: edwagreen from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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