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Broadway: The American Musical 

A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical
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Series cast summary:
Julie Andrews ...  Herself - Host / ... 6 episodes, 2004
John Lahr John Lahr ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2004
Stephen Sondheim ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2004
Philip Furia Philip Furia ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
Brendan Gill Brendan Gill ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
Al Hirschfeld Al Hirschfeld ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
Tommy Tune ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
Max Wilk Max Wilk ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
Joel Grey ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2004
Stephen Hanan Stephen Hanan ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2004
Robert Kimball Robert Kimball ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2004
Harold Prince ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2004
Jonathan Sheffer Jonathan Sheffer ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2004
Nancy Kathryn Anderson Nancy Kathryn Anderson ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2004
Mary Ellen Barrett Mary Ellen Barrett ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2004
Mel Brooks ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Kitty Carlisle ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2004
Carol Channing ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2004
Ted Chapin Ted Chapin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Jerome Chodorov Jerome Chodorov ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Stanley Donen ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Ann Douglas Ann Douglas ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2004
Chris Ferry ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Jonathan Freeman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
John Herrera John Herrera ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Margo Jefferson 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 Steve Nelson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Dana O'Connell 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 Mary Rodgers ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2004
Jonathan Schwartz 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
Cindy Adams ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Dwight Blocker Bowers Dwight Blocker Bowers ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Anne Brown Anne Brown ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Carol Burnett ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Kristin Chenoweth ...  Glinda (in 'Wicked') / ... 1 episode, 2004
Betty Comden ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Graciela Daniele Graciela Daniele ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Agnes de Mille ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
André De Shields ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Doris Eaton Doris Eaton ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Fred Ebb ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Michael Eisner ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Cy Feuer Cy Feuer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Harvey Fierstein ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Frances Gershwin Godowsky Frances Gershwin Godowsky ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Adolph Green ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Michael Grief Michael Grief ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Michael C. Hall ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Mark Hamill ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Marvin Hamlisch ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Andy Hammerstein Andy Hammerstein ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Ernest Harburg Ernest Harburg ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Sheldon Harnick Sheldon Harnick ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
June Havoc ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Jerry Herman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Erin Hill ...  Sandra Mescal 1 episode, 2004
John Houseman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Kristin Johnston Kristin Johnston ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Gene Jones ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
John Kander ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Michael Kidd ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Rocco Landesman Rocco Landesman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Nathan Lane ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2004
James Lapine ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Baayork Lee ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Andrew Lloyd Webber ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Galt MacDermot ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Cameron Mackintosh ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Joe Mantello ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Jesse L. Martin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2004
Audra McDonald ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Donna McKechnie Donna McKechnie ...  Cassie (in 'A Chorus Line') / ... 1 episode, 2004
Ron McLarty ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Idina Menzel ...  Elphaba / ... 2 episodes, 2004
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This six part documentary miniseries presents the evolution of the Broadway musical from its inception in 1893 to current day 2004. It presents those influential players both on stage and behind the scenes, as well as a variety of influential Broadway shows, a handful which are known to have transformed the musical into what the audience knows it to be today. The Broadway musical was often a reflection of what was happening in the world, but almost as often was meant to be an escape from problems of the world. Specific world events had a profound influence on the overall tone of Broadway shows, some of these events being wars (especially the world wars), Prohibition, the stock market crash, the Great Depression, and 9/11. Broadway musicals were also affected by the onset on various new media, such as talking movies and television. They in turn influenced other popular culture, especially what was known as the popular music of the day, especially up until the 1960s. Broadway musicals ... Written by Huggo

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PBS [United States]

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USA | UK | Japan

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English

Release Date:

19 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway: Az amerikai musical See more »

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(6 parts)

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Features On Broadway Tonight (1964) See more »

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19 June 2005 | by bijou-2See all my reviews

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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