Oct 8, 2012
BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL chronicles the history of this uniquely American art form. “Broadway,” hosted by Academy Award-winning star of stage, film and television, Julie Andrews, tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater, and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life, from the immigrant experience at the turn of the century to today’s Broadway, where big budget new productions and revivals of classic favorites compete side by side for box office success. Peppered throughout are legendary moments in Broadway history and first-person accounts from dozens of theater luminaries — among them late greats such as Adolph Green, Brendan Gill, Peter Stone, “Ziegfield Girl” Dana O’Connell, Al Hirschfeld and Frances Gershwin Godowsky, and many other writers, lyricists, producer, performers, directors and scholars. Among them are Mel Brooks, Carol Channing, Betty Comden, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Jerry Herman, Margo Jefferson, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Kimball, Chita Rivera, John Lahr, Rocco Landesman, Jerry Orbach, Arthur Laurents, Harold Prince, Gerald Schoenfeld, Stephen Sondheim, Tommy Tune, Ben Vereen and George Wolfe.