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[Interview with Margo Jefferson : raw footage]

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

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Additional Authors
  • Jefferson, Margo, 1947-
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (58 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
  • Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. New York Times critic-at-large Margo Jefferson discusses the American musical. Topics include blues vocalist and actress Ethel Waters, including her childhood, her renditions of the songs Black and blue and I can't give you anything but love, her early career and first performance in a Broadway show, her performance of the song Suppertime in Irving Berlin's revue As thousands cheer, her qualities as a performer, and her later dramatic roles in The member of the wedding and Cabin in the sky; George and Ira Gershwin's 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, and the impulse toward exploring American roots and folk culture in the arts of the period; the difficulties Black artists such as Duke Ellington faced in mounting Broadway productions portraying African American roots, and the position of Porgy and Bess as a work of African American roots culture; Broadway's lack of complete integration; the ability of the Broadway musical to leave one feeling hopeful and ebullient; the exploration of cultural boundaries in the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein; Harlem and Broadway during the 1920s, including the racy sophistication of the Cotton Club revues, and their influence on Broadway, the incorporation of slang and American vernacular in the Broadway lyrics of the period; the dissemination of Broadway tunes via sheet music, radio, and phonograph records. Audio only discussion begins ca. 44 min. and continues for the next two minutes on Porgy and Bess.
  • On camera discussion resumes at 46 min. with the Cakewalk, a traditional form of African American music and dance, popularized by African American Vaudeville entertainers Bert Williams and George Walker, which spread to Broadway and New York society; Williams' early career, his partnership with Walker, and his qualities as a performer who adopted a role as a "tragic, comic" clown; the Broadway musical as a synthesis of ethnic and culturally marginal elements which coalesced into an intelligent art form that nonetheless appealed to a gentrified, middle class audience.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway: the American musical : Jefferson (pt. 1, pt. 2)
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: Margo Jefferson.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at Margo Jefferson's residence in New York, N.Y. on February 12, 2002.
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 2130
OCLC
123542173
Title
[Interview with Margo Jefferson : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 1999.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Margo Jefferson.
Event
Videotaped at Margo Jefferson's residence in New York, N.Y. on February 12, 2002.
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
Jefferson, Margo, 1947- interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2130
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