Broadway: The American Musical

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Broadway: The American Musical is the six-part PBS documentary series hosted by Julie Andrews that aims to chronicle the world of American musicals in the 20th century. The Michael Kantor created series looks at the history and development of the Broadway musical, examining how this uniquely American art form has blossomed. Using home movies, personal writings, archival footage, and interviews with some of the key players, the series looks at Broadway musicals starting in 1893 with Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., up through the 1950's with West Side Story, through the 1980's with hits like Cats, Les Miserables, and the Phantom of the Opera. Some of the icons featured include Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and dozens of their hit musicals. Join host Julie Andrews for an inspiring and informative trip through the history of musical theater in America in PBS's Broadway: The American Musical.
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