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[Interview with Fred Ebb : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Fred Ebb : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Publication
New York, 1999.

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Additional Authors
  • Ebb, Fred
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (42 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Lyricist Fred Ebb, longtime collaborator with composer John Kander, discusses his career in the musical theater. Topics of discussion include his working process with Kander; producer George Abbott, with whom he worked on the musical Flora the Red menace; Liza Minnelli as a performer; the musical Cabaret, including his writing of the lyrics, its director Harold Prince, star Lotte Lenya, and his view of the show's meaning; his interest as a writer in certain kinds of themes and plots; his experience working with choreographer Bob Fosse on Chicago; the significance of the songs "All I care about" and "Razzle dazzle"; the "meaning" of Chicago; what he loves about Broadway musicals; economic changes in the theater and their effects on theatergoing; the "secret" to writing good lyrics; Prince as a theatrical innovator and his strengths as a director; what he views as the landmark Broadway shows; his high point when working on a show; performer Chita Rivera's ability to interpret musical material; Kander's qualities as a composer, and how his talent affects their collaboration; theater as a collaborative art form, and what makes collaboration successful; the musicals The king and I and Guys and dolls; the health of the musical comedy.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway: the American musical : Fred Ebb interview
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.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Fred Ebb
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on March 29, 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 2117
OCLC
122942282
Title
[Interview with Fred Ebb : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Fred Ebb
Event
Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on March 29, 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
Ebb, Fred, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2117
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