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A chorus line becomes the longest running show on Broadway : related television coverage from New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., [videorecording]

Title
A chorus line becomes the longest running show on Broadway : related television coverage from New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., September 25 and 28 to 30, 1983 [videorecording]
Publication
New York ; Detroit ; Los Angeles ; Chicago ; Washington, D.C., 1983.

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Videocassette 3Moving imageBy appointment only NCOX 5251 A.O. Videocassette 3Offsite
Videocassette 4Moving imageBy appointment only NCOX 5251 A.O. Videocassette 4Offsite
Videodisc 1Moving imageBy appointment only NCOX 5251 Videodisc 1Offsite
Videodisc 2Moving imageBy appointment only NCOX 5251 Videodisc 2Offsite

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Description
  • 2 videocassettes (VHS) (62 min.) : sd., col.,; 1/2 in.
  • 2 videodiscs (DVD) (97 min.) : sd., col. ;
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Series Statement
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Alternative Title
  • A chorus line. Longest run In Broadway history. TV coverage cassette 3
  • A chorus line. Longest run in Broadway history. TV coverage 1 & 2
  • A chorus line. Longest run. TV coverage #4. Detroit, L.A., Chicago, Washington D.C.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Interviews.
  • Television.
Note
  • These videos separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
  • No credits on tape. Title supplied by cataloger. Contents transcribed from NYSF inventory list.
  • Videodisc one: 54 min. Videodisc two: 43 min.
  • Videocassette three: 42 min. Videocassette four: 20 min.
  • A videorecording of the complete 3,389th performance of A chorus line, taped at the Shubert Theatre on Sep. 29, 1983, is available on NCOV 286.
Access (note)
  • Preservation is not complete. Appointment and tape transfer required before viewing original videocassettes.
Biography (note)
  • Created by director-choreographer Michael Bennett, A chorus line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975 and closed there on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. For a time it held the record as the longest-running musical in history. A chorus line began as a workshop "share" session. A group of dancers met after rehearsals for other shows to talk about their personal and professional lives. The sessions were tape recorded, transcribed, and a musical libretto was pieced together. Playwright/novelist James Kirkwood and former dancer Nicholas Dante assembled the book. Marvin Hamlisch composed the music and Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics. Joseph Papp, through his New York Shakespeare Festival, became the show's producer. He provided the essential funding, rehearsal/workshop space, and time for the show to take shape. As producer, Joseph Papp received more that $38 million of the profits of A chorus line.
Contents
  • Videodisc one: WCBS-TV, Channel 2 news, September 25, 1983, 11:30 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Newsbreaker report, September 28, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WNBC-TV, Today, September 29, 1983, 8:00 a.m. -- WABC-TV, The morning show, September 29, 1983, 9:00 a.m. -- WABC-TV, Eyewitness news, September 29, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WABC-TV, Eyewitness news, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Channel 2 news, September 29, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Channel 2 news, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- WNBC-TV, Live at five, September 29, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WNBC-TV, News 4 New York, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m.
  • Videodisc two: WCBS-TV, Network news, September 29, 1983, 7:00 p.m. -- WNBC-TV, Nightly news, September 29, 1983, 7:00 p.m. -- WABC-TV, Entertainment tonight, September 29, 1983, 7:30 p.m. -- WNEW-TV, Ten o'clock news, 10:00 p.m. -- WPIX-TV, Independent network news, September 29, 1983 -- WNBC-TV, Live and in person, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Channel 2 news, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WNBC-TV, News 4 New York, September 29, 1983, 11:00 p.m. -- WABC-TV, Eyewitness news, September 29, 1983, 11:00 p.m. -- WPIX-TV, Late news final, September 30, 1983, 1:30 a.m. -- WCBS-TV, Nightwatch, September 30, 1983, 2:00 a.m. -- WNBC-TV, News overnight, September 30, 1983, 2:00 a.m.
  • Videocassette three: WNBC-TV, News overnight, September 30, 1983 -- WCBS-TV, Nightwatch, September 30, 1983, 2:00 a.m. -- ESPN-TV, Business times, September 30, 1983, 6:00 a.m. -- WABC-TV, News, September 30, 1983, 6:25 a.m. -- WABC-TV, News, September 30, 1983, 7:25 a.m. -- WABC-TV, News, September 30, 1983, 8:25 a.m. -- WOR-TV, News, September 30, 1983, 12:00 noon -- WCBS-TV, Newsbreaker, September 30, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Channel 2 news, September 30, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- WABC-TV, Entertainment tonight, September 30, 1983, 7:30 p.m. -- WCBS-TV, Morning news, September 29, 1983, 7:00 p.m. -- WABC-TV, Good morning America, September 29, 1983, 8:00 a.m. -- WNBC-TV, Sunrise, September 30, 1983, 6:30 a.m. -- WPIX-TV, Independent network news, September 30, 1983, 12:30 p.m.
  • Videocassette four: WXYZ-TV, Detroit, Action news, September 29, 1983, 5:00 p.m. -- WJBK-TV, Detroit, Eyewitness news, September 30, 1983, 12:00 noon -- WDIV-TV, Detroit, News 4, September 30, 1983, 12:00 noon -- KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, Channel 2 news, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WBBM-TV, Chicago, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WMAQ-TV, Chicago, Newscenter 5, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WLS-TV, Chicago, Eyewitness news, September 29, 1983, 4:30 p.m. -- WLS-TV, Chicago, Eyewitness news, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- GN-TV, Chicago, News 9, September 29, 1983, 9:00 p.m. -- WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., News, September 29, 1983, 5:30 p.m. -- WTTG-TV, Washington D.C., Metromedia news, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m. -- WJLA-TV, Washington D.C., News, September 29, 1983, 11:00 p.m. -- KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, Channel 2 news, September 29, 1983, 6:00 p.m. -- KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, September 29, 1983, 10:00 p.m.
Call Number
NCOX 5251
Title
A chorus line becomes the longest running show on Broadway : related television coverage from New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., September 25 and 28 to 30, 1983 [videorecording]
Imprint
New York ; Detroit ; Los Angeles ; Chicago ; Washington, D.C., 1983.
Country of Producing Entity
U.S.
Series
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Access
Preservation is not complete. Appointment and tape transfer required before viewing original videocassettes.
Summary
Compilation of television coverage related to the record-breaking 3,389th Broadway performance of the musical A chorus line. The gala performance, given at the Shubert Theater on September 29, 1983, was directed by Michael Bennett. It incorporated over 300 dancers from the show's current B'way and touring casts and alumni from its eight companies. Included in this video compilation are fifty segments from New York and other major U.S. cities, aired between September 25 to 30, 1983, featuring interviews with Bennett, composer Marvin Hamlisch, librettist James Kirkwood and producer Joseph Papp, and performers Donna McKechnie, Pamela Blair, and Mary Ann O'Reilly and others, as well as performance and rehearsal footage.
Biography
Created by director-choreographer Michael Bennett, A chorus line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975 and closed there on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. For a time it held the record as the longest-running musical in history. A chorus line began as a workshop "share" session. A group of dancers met after rehearsals for other shows to talk about their personal and professional lives. The sessions were tape recorded, transcribed, and a musical libretto was pieced together. Playwright/novelist James Kirkwood and former dancer Nicholas Dante assembled the book. Marvin Hamlisch composed the music and Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics. Joseph Papp, through his New York Shakespeare Festival, became the show's producer. He provided the essential funding, rehearsal/workshop space, and time for the show to take shape. As producer, Joseph Papp received more that $38 million of the profits of A chorus line.
Added Author
Bennett, Michael, 1943-1987, interviewee.
Hamlisch, Marvin. Chorus line.
Hamlisch, Marvin, interviewee.
Kirkwood, James, 1924-1989, interviewee.
Papp, Joseph, interviewee.
McKechnie, Donna, interviewee.
Blair, Pamela, interviewee.
O'Reilly, Mary Ann, interviewee.
New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater.
Added Title
Title on original container one: A chorus line. Longest run in Broadway history. TV coverage 1 & 2
Title on original container two: A chorus line. Longest run In Broadway history. TV coverage cassette 3
Title on original container three: A chorus line. Longest run. TV coverage #4. Detroit, L.A., Chicago, Washington D.C.
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Research Call Number
NCOX 5251
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