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[Interview with Jonathan Schwartz : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Jonathan Schwartz : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Publication
New York, 2002.

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Additional Authors
  • Schwartz, Jonathan, 1938-
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Squires, Buddy
  • 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. Jonathan Schwartz, host of a radio program, and son of composer and sometime lyrcist Arthur Schwartz, comments on the Broadway musical from the 1920s to the 1960s. Topics include the musicals of the 1930s, which featured sophisticated songs combined with frivolous stories; the "comic book" quality of the plots of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musicals; the aspects of the music and lyrics which make the songs by Rodgers and Hart so successful; the glamour of the 1930s; the singing of Ethel Merman as representative of the "raucous" shows by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, in which she performed; the predominance of the songs, rather than the personalities, of composers of the 1930s; composer George Gershwin who throughout the 1920s and 30s towered above all other songwriters with his singular rhythmic music; Gershwin as a concert pianist whose presence during his period was overarching; the musical contributions of Rodgers and Hart, whose ironic songs probed the human psyche; the Great American Songbook, an informal term referring to the interrelated forms of popular music beginning in the 1920s to around 1960, as a result of the efforts of approximately 50 songwriters, one of whom was a woman, Dorothy Fields; Rodgers and Hart's role in the Americanization of the song; the composer Stephen Sondheim and his groundbreaking contribution to the musical theater.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • 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: Jonathan Schwartz.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at Jonathan Schwartz's residence in New York, N.Y. on May 21, 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 2132
OCLC
124040921
Title
[Interview with Jonathan Schwartz : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 2002.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Jonathan Schwartz.
Event
Videotaped at Jonathan Schwartz's residence in New York, N.Y. on May 21, 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
Schwartz, Jonathan, 1938- interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Squires, Buddy, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2132
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