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[Interview with Jo Sullivan Loesser : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Jo Sullivan Loesser : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor] ; Ghost Light Films.
Publication
New York, 1999.

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Additional Authors
  • Sullivan, Jo
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Ghost Light Films.
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (33 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Musical theater star Jo Sullivan Loesser discusses her career, and the career of her late husband composer and lyricist Frank Loesser. Topics include Frank Loesser's first published song In love with the memory of you; Loesser's preference for composing for Broadway rather than Hollywood; his early song Moon over Manakoora; his love of words and of writing letters; his skills as a businessman who started his own music publishing business; his mentorship and support of aspiring composers; his volatile temper; rehearsals for his musical Guys and dolls, on which he worked with director Michael Kidd and librettist Abe Burrows; Jo's early ambitions as a musical theater performer and her studies at the Juilliard School; her role in Guys and dolls, and her work with singer Robert Weedy; her husband's motto "loud is good"; Frank's pickiness over how his songs were performed, and conflicts with singers; the song Happy to make your acquaintance from Guys and dolls, and Loesser's facility for writing duets; the musical The most happy fella in comparison with its contemporaries Candide, My fair lady, and Bells are ringing; what Broadway musicals "say" about America; Jo's role in the hit revival of The threepenny opera, directed by Marc Blitzstein, and her work with co-star Lotte Lenya; Loesser's family relationships, including his difficulty winning his mother's approval; his writing of the score for the musical How to succeed in business without really trying; Sullivan Loesser's favorite Frank Loesser songs, including Spring will be a little late this year, More I cannot wish you, and My time of day; Frank Loesser's early morning writing habits.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Jo Sullivan Loesser interview : Broadway film project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Musicals.
  • Unedited footage.
Note
  • This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
  • Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
  • Time code on frame.
  • Contains various takes; at occasional, brief intervals the audio continues without image.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Jo Sullivan Loesser.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at Jo Sullivan Loesser's residence in New York, N.Y. on February 23, 1999.
Biography (note)
  • Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Call Number
NCOX 2110
OCLC
122336799
Title
[Interview with Jo Sullivan Loesser : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor] ; Ghost Light Films.
Imprint
New York, 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Jo Sullivan Loesser.
Event
Videotaped at Jo Sullivan Loesser's residence in New York, N.Y. on February 23, 1999.
Biography
Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Local Note
Gift of Broadway Film Project, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET, 2005.
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Added Author
Sullivan, Jo, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Ghost Light Films.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2110
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