Broadway-American Musical

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Broadway: The American Musical is the first documentary film to showcase the entire razzle-dazzle story of this uniquely American art form. Each episode explores a different era in American musical theatre, spotlighting the Broadway shows and songs that defined that period. Featuring on-camera interviews with many of the principles involved in the development of the medium, the series draws on a wealth of rare performance footage and newly-restored film clips. Hosted by Julie Andrews, the six-part series offers the best seat in the house to the greatest Broadway shows of all time.

Includes all six episodes: Give My Regards to Broadway, Syncopated City, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin', Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', Tradition, and Putting It Together.


Studio PBS
SKU 201992830
UPC 841887051507
UPC 14 00841887051507
Format DVD
Release Date 5/9/2009
Clips And Highlights
Musical Sequences
Musicals/Music Videos
Television Specials
Editors Note
Note Award-winning star of stage and screen Julie Andrews hosts the PBS mini-series BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL. The six-part documentary traces the 100-year history of the Great White Way through archival clips and revealing interviews with those who shaped Broadway's musical tradition: the writers, directors, stars, and choreographers. Featuring appearances by legends Mel Brooks, Carol Channing, Stephen Sondheim, Ben Vereen, and many others, the series offers an historical and entertaining look at a truly American art form.
Entertainment Weekly "[G]reat performers all, and reminders of how Broadway reflected America's early-20th-century melting pot and influenced society's views on hot-button issues..." 10/29/2004 p.57
Cast & Crew
Barbra Streisand - Featuring
Buddy Squires - Cinematographer
David Horn - Executive Producer
Elvis Presley - Featuring
Fred Astaire - Featuring
Gene Kelly - Featuring
Ginger Rogers - Featuring
James Cagney - Featuring
Jane Krakowski - Voice Of
Jeffrey Dupre - Producer
Jeffrey Wright - Voice Of
Julie Andrews - Narrated By
Kris Liem, et. al. - Editor
Marc Fields, et. al. - Writer
Matthew Broderick - Featuring
Mead Hunt - Cinematographer
Mel Brooks - Featuring
Michael Kantor - Director
Nathan Lane - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 600
UPC 00841887051507
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 360 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (2005) Emmy, David Horn, et. al., Outstanding Nonfiction Series,Emmy, Eddie Campbell, et. al., Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
Nominee (2005) Emmy, Matthias Gohl, Outstanding Music Direction,Emmy, Deborah Wallach, Branka Mrkic, Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera),Emmy, JoAnn Young, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review After their groundbreaking miniseries Jazz, PBS was looking for another documentary topic that would capture a slice of American imagination and history. Logically, they settled on the "The Great White Way" of Broadway. For over one hundred years, New York City's Broadway has been the epicenter of dramatic and musical theatre in America. Its history reflects America's shifts in politics and culture in every era, and its tale is a rich story that very specifically addresses the American dream...Broadway - The American Musical is a stunning tribute to the old song-and-dance routine that has become so distinctly part of the American landscape...Stirring and vast, it's another great miniseries from PBS. Wonderful stuff for anyone with a dream and a killer kick turn. Broadway - The American Musical is free to go as one of the great examples of what DVD can achieve with a solid documentary.
Reviewer Brett Cullum
ReviewRating 9
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