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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie 1 January 2013
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 ... See full summary »

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Mary Ellen Barrett ... Herself (as Mary Ellin Barrett)
Jamie Bernstein ... Herself
Jerry Bock ... Himself (archive footage)
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Ernest Harburg ... Himself
Sheldon Harnick ... Himself
Stuart J. Hecht ... Himself - Theatre Historian
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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 Anonymous

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1 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Looking At The "Golden Age" Of Broadway Musicals
12 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "They say the lights are always bright on Broadway!"

Through stills, archival footage, and interviews with both celebrities and historians - This "Broadway" documentary takes a close-up look at the long history of the Broadway musical as it existed in NYC from the 1930s, through to the 1950s.

Going all the way back to the roots of this "Jewish" legacy - The popular musical compositions of such famed songwriters as Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, and Stephen Sondheim are discussed in some depth.

All-in-all - This 2-disc documentary has its interesting moments, along with its not-so-interesting moments, too.


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