Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
About The Film
Featuring a terrifically entertaining smorgasbord of show tunes and superstars of the Great White Way, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY celebrates the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.
From the golden age of Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, to more recent Broadway standouts as Sondheim, Streisand and Stephen Schwartz, the rousing anthems and timeless ballads of the Broadway stage were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. Illuminating conversations with preeminent talents such as John Kander, Charles Strouse, Harold Prince and Mel Brooks are interspersed with enduring performances from a wide range of shows including Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, Funny Girl, Cabaret, Gypsy and Wicked.
Narrated by Joel Grey and directed by Michael Kantor (creator of the Emmy-winning series Broadway: The American Musical), this first-of-its-kind compendium explores how Jewish culture and ethos inform the majority of what is commonly referred to as “The American Songbook.”
Film DetailsDirector: Michael Kantor
Running Time: 90 min.
Subjects: American Jewish Life, Arts & Culture, Musical