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[Interview with Miles Kreuger : raw footage]

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

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Additional Authors
  • Kreuger, Miles
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
2 videocassettes (VHS) (58 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Dramaturg and theater historian Miles Krueger discusses the history of the American musical beginning with the turn of the century, when formulaic Broadway shows imported from London were standard, the Shubert brothers rose to power amid a syndicate-dominated theater, and stage stars toured and were enormously popular across the country. Discussion continues with dance duo Vernon and Irene Castle, who introduced the WWI era theatergoing public to the refined and elegant forms of social dancing; songwriter Irving Berlin's "Alexander's ragtime band," whose syncopated rhythms made it an international craze, The archers, or Mountaineers of Switzerland, a comic opera by librettist William Dunlap and composer Benjamin Carr, which premiered in New York in 1796 and which he considers the first American musical; the historical significance of the Jerome Kern song "The girl from Utah"; the opening of the Princess Theatre on 30th St. in Manhattan, and the musicals written by Jerome Kern specifically for the small sized house. Discussion then turns to Show boat, by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and its landmark qualities, including the subject matter of miscegenation, its character development, and the use of a racially integrated cast. Krueger also discusses the racial epithet contained in the show's opening song, and subsequent censorship of the term. Discussion continues with theater impressario Florenz Ziegfeld and his Follies, and the role of Ziegfeld's productions in guiding the American theater to its maturity; Ziegfeld's role as the producer of Show boat in 1927; Vaudevillian Tess Gardella, who performed in blackface, and was cast as Queenie; 1920s cabaret icon Helen Morgan who played the role of Julie; the song "Ol' man river," its various interpretations and the role it served in the show technically; the role of Joe, conceived for Paul Robeson; the faithfulness of Universal Pictures' 1936 movie version of Show boat, produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. Krueger also discusses the development of the musical theater during the 1930s, which featured stylish, witty revues yet lacked the full maturity of later productions; the Broadway "myth" as a place to achieve fame, and why, prior to the 1960s, New York was seemingly the only place aspiring writers, composers and performers could go to achieve their career goals; the excitement of living in New York through the late 1950s. Interview continues for last three minutes with audio only commentary which includes the historical significance of The black crook, considered by some to be the first modern musical; and Oscar Hammerstein as a "great liberal" who condemned racism.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • "Kreuger" Broadway: the American musical
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, audio continues without sound.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Miles Kreuger.
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 2124
OCLC
123085960
Title
[Interview with Miles Kreuger : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Miles Kreuger.
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
Kreuger, Miles, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2124
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