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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish LegacyCOMBO, "I LOVE BROADWAY MUSICALS PACKAGE"

  • BOOK, BROADWAY MUSICALS - SHOW BY SHOW
  • CD, BROADWAY GREATEST HITS
  • 2-DVD SET, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY
$275

BOOK, BROADWAY MUSICALS - SHOW BY SHOW
This updated edition of one of the best-selling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, has been expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theater, including revivals.

Chronologically arranged beginning with The Black Crook in 1866, the seventh edition adds new entries and photos from numerous musicals from recent years, including American Idiot, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Hair (revival), Memphis, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, The Addams Family, West Side Story (revival), and Fela!

The book also features a wealth of statistics and inside information, plus critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes that no Broadway fan will want to be without. Paperback, 504 pages;

2-DVD SET, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY
Here are 21 of Broadway’s most memorable songs from shows including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Cabaret, Showboat and other musical theatre classics performed by the original artists.

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. The program features performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and many more.

Narrated by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Joel Grey, this entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with illuminating perspectives on the origins and meanings of some of Broadway’s most beloved songs, stories and shows.

Bonus features: With 3 additional hours of interview clips and performances; a 16-page viewer’s guide featuring reflections on Jewish Broadway, with an introduction by executive producer Barbara Brilliant; a biography of narrator Joel Gray.

Running Time: 84 minutes (approx.), exclusive of bonus features

CD, BROADWAY GREATEST HITS
Here are 21 of Broadway’s most memorable songs from shows including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Cabaret, Showboat and other musical theatre classics performed by the original artists.

Track List:

  1. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma!) – John Raitt, Florence Henderson, Irene Carroll
  2. New York, New York (On the Town) – Michael Kermoyan
  3. I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie Get Your Gun) – Doris Day
  4. If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof) - Topol
  5. Tonight (West Side Story) – Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence
  6. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music) – Mary Martin
  7. On the Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady) – Jerry Lanning
  8. Tomorrow (Annie) – Andrea McArdle
  9. Seventy-six Trombones (The Music Man) – The Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams
  10. You’re the Top (Anything Goes) – Eileen Rodgers
  11. Put on a Happy Face (Bye Bye Birdie) – Dick Van Dyke
  12. Open a New Window (Mame) – Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur
  13. Strike Up the Band (Strike Up the Band) – Chestnut Brass Company & Friends
  14. Hey, Big Spender (Sweet Charity) – Gwen Verdon, Helen Gallagher
  15. Just in Time (Bells Are Ringing) – Judy Holliday
  16. Together, Wherever We Go (Gypsy) – Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, Sandra Church
  17. Cabaret (Cabaret) – Jill Haworth
  18. The Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera) – The Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams
  19. Ol’ Man River (Show Boat) – William Warfield
  20. What I Did for Love (A Chorus Line) – Priscilla Lopez
  21. Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music) – Glynis Johns

 

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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish LegacyCOMBO: 2-DVD SET & DVD

  • DVD, THE THOMASHEFSKYS
  • 2-DVD SET, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY
$200

DVD, THE THOMASHEFSKYS
"My grandparents became mega-stars," Michael Tilson Thomas remembers, "and found themselves smack in the public eye. Legions of crazed fans were obsessed with every detail of their work and their lives. It was a far cry from the simple Jewish family life in the Ukrainian villages of their origin." In The Thomashefskys, Tilson Thomas explores the lives of his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, through a musical performance that features five performers and the New World Symphony Orchestra.

Founding members of the Yiddish Theatre in America, the Thomashefskys owned theatres, published their own magazine, wrote columns in the popular Yiddish newspapers, sponsored and encouraged generations of young artists, brought countless Yiddish artists to America, tirelessly raised funds for progressive social causes and, through it all, were adventurous trendsetters.

This story, reclaimed by Thomashefsky Project, presents a musical sound that few have heard, assimilating Eastern European klezmer and cantorial modes with American tones and rhythms. Over time, as the Jewish American music theater writers became absorbed in their new surroundings, they greatly influenced the American Songbook. All of this and more are captured in this stunning performance.

This is a brilliantly conceived and executed show of the little known but important history of both the Jewish culture’s evolution and transplantation of their immigrant experience in America, as well as the important contributions it made to the America musical theatre. Indeed, it demonstrates the essential role Jewish culture played in the development of theatre on Broadway. It is, also, the history of New York City.

Special features:

  • Collectible, illustrated 16-page booklet
  • Full-length versions of Rumshinsky's Overture to Khantshe in Amerike
  • Overture and "Babkelekh" from Goldfaden's Koldunye
  • The Minke on the Telephone Monologue from Minke Di Dinstmoyd
  • The Construction of New World Center
  • The New World Symphony Story
  • Michael Tilson Thomas on the Thomashefskys
Running Time: 82 minutes

2-DVD SET, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY
Here are 21 of Broadway’s most memorable songs from shows including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Cabaret, Showboat and other musical theatre classics performed by the original artists.

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. The program features performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and many more.

Narrated by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Joel Grey, this entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with illuminating perspectives on the origins and meanings of some of Broadway’s most beloved songs, stories and shows.

Bonus features: With 3 additional hours of interview clips and performances; a 16-page viewer’s guide featuring reflections on Jewish Broadway, with an introduction by executive producer Barbara Brilliant; a biography of narrator Joel Gray.

Running Time: 84 minutes (approx.), exclusive of bonus features

 

Please allow for 6 – 8 weeks for delivery of any PBS Pledge thank you gifts. Shipping is $5.00. 

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy2-DVD SET, BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY

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.

$125

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. The program features performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and many more.

Narrated by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Joel Grey, this entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with illuminating perspectives on the origins and meanings of some of Broadway’s most beloved songs, stories and shows.

Bonus features: With 3 additional hours of interview clips and performances; a 16-page viewer’s guide featuring reflections on Jewish Broadway, with an introduction by executive producer Barbara Brilliant; a biography of narrator Joel Gray.

Running Time: 84 minutes (approx.), exclusive of bonus features

Please allow for 6 – 8 weeks for delivery of any PBS Pledge thank you gifts. Shipping is $5.00. 

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish LegacyCD, BROADWAY - GREATEST HITS

Here are 21 of Broadway’s most memorable songs from shows including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Cabaret, Showboat and other musical theatre classics performed by the original artists.

$60

Track List:

  1. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma!) – John Raitt, Florence Henderson, Irene Carroll
  2. New York, New York (On the Town) – Michael Kermoyan
  3. I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie Get Your Gun) – Doris Day
  4. If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof) - Topol
  5. Tonight (West Side Story) – Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence
  6. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music) – Mary Martin
  7. On the Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady) – Jerry Lanning
  8. Tomorrow (Annie) – Andrea McArdle
  9. Seventy-six Trombones (The Music Man) – The Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams
  10. You’re the Top (Anything Goes) – Eileen Rodgers
  11. Put on a Happy Face (Bye Bye Birdie) – Dick Van Dyke
  12. Open a New Window (Mame) – Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur
  13. Strike Up the Band (Strike Up the Band) – Chestnut Brass Company & Friends
  14. Hey, Big Spender (Sweet Charity) – Gwen Verdon, Helen Gallagher
  15. Just in Time (Bells Are Ringing) – Judy Holliday
  16. Together, Wherever We Go (Gypsy) – Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, Sandra Church
  17. Cabaret (Cabaret) – Jill Haworth
  18. The Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera) – The Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams
  19. Ol’ Man River (Show Boat) – William Warfield
  20. What I Did for Love (A Chorus Line) – Priscilla Lopez
  21. Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music) – Glynis Johns

 

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Great Performances - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy – narrated by Joel Grey — explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Featuring interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy showcases the work of some of the nation’s pre-eminent creators of musical theatre including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jule Styne and many others.

Though these remarkable songwriters were purveyors of what we think of today as the Broadway sound, the documentary demonstrates how there were echoes of Jewish strains in many of the works. From “Yiddishkeit” (all things Jewish) on the stages of the Lower East Side at the turn of the century to a wide range of shows including Porgy and Bess, West Side Story and Cabaret, the film explores how Jewish music and ethos informs many of America’s favorite musicals.

Dynamic footage includes performances by stars such as David Hyde Pierce (Spamalot), Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work if You Can Get It), Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof), Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town), Nathan Lane (The Producers), Al Jolson (Sinbad), Fanny Brice (The Great Ziegfeld), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl), Joel Grey (Cabaret), Dick Van Dyke (Bye Bye Birdie), Danny Kaye (Lady in the Dark), Ethel Merman (Gypsy), and Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (Wicked).

The film is the first of its kind to examine the phenomenon that, over the 50-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. These are the popular songs that our nation took to war, sang to their children at bedtime, and whistled while waiting for the bus; taken in total they comprise the vast majority of what is now commonly referred to as “The American Songbook.”

As historian Phil Furia cites as just one vivid example, Irving Berlin had so assimilated that he went on to “write the most popular Christmas song, ‘White Christmas’…and the most popular Easter song, ‘Easter Parade.’ It’s the Horatio Alger story told in Yiddish.” Berlin’s “God Bless America” became so popular, it nearly replaced the National Anthem.

While Jewish Americans certainly abounded in other areas of the musical theater, their predominance in the area of songwriting was nearly complete, with only the Episcopalian Cole Porter represented as a major figure in the pantheon of America’s greatest composers of Broadway songs. And even Porter, after three Broadway flops, finally ascertained the surefire way to success: “I’m going to write Jewish tunes.” As Andrew Lippa, the composer/lyricist of The Addams Family, points out in the film, “Porgy and Bess and Show Boat and Oklahoma! These are ideas that are fictions. What do we make America into? How do we take what we know and make it into America?”

The film features interviews with Arthur Laurents, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz, Phyllis Newman, Charles Strouse, Harold Prince, Maury Yeston, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Ernie Harburg, Marc Shaiman, David Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Mel Brooks and many others.

Rare clips include Irving Berlin singing “God Bless America,” rehearsals for Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy, and original South Pacific star William Tabbert singing “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” with Richard Rodgers at the piano.

The film was produced, written, and directed by Michael Kantor, whose Broadway: The American Musical series was originally viewed by an estimated 15 million people, and won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. Most recently, Kantor was executive producer of Give Me the Banjo hosted by Steve Martin, and one of the producers of “The Thomashefskys” with Michael Tilson Thomas (Great Performances March 28, 2012). Kantor created Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, the Emmy-nominated six-part documentary series hosted by Billy Crystal that debuted on PBS in January 2009. Other PBS credits include writer, director and producer of “Quincy Jones: In the Pocket” for American Masters, and producer of The West for PBS (Executive Producer Ken Burns).

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy is an Albert M. Tapper production, and Barbara Brilliant is creator and executive producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer, and David Horn is executive producer.

Content courtesy of WNET.