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[Interview with Jonathan Sheffer : raw footage]

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

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Additional Authors
  • Sheffer, Jonathan
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Hunt, Mead
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (39 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer discusses the American musical. Topics include the qualities that make the musical "American"; the World War II era musical On the town, based on the ballet by Jerome Robbins, which featured engaging, mood-setting music by classically trained composer Leonard Bernstein, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; the American born, European educated composer Jerome Kern, whose masterful songs, produced with a variety of librettists and lyricists, gave form to the American musical; Kern's conception of the 1927 Show boat as a "through-composed" musical in which the songs were background to the story; composer Irving Berlin's startling use of syncopation in his 1911 hit "Alexander's ragtime band"; George Gershwin's work as a commercial "song plugger," in which he developed his gifts as a composer; the songwriting collaboration of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers; songwriter Cole Porter, whose seemingly lighthearted songs also reflected his sadness; the musical West side story which featured a daring score by Leonard Bernstein; the American musical as a product of a variety of outside influences, grounded in simple ideas and direct speech; the dark elements contained in musicals like West side story and Oklahoma!; Porter's music studies in Paris, where he learned the basics of counterpoint, which enabled him to create songs which begin simply and build to a climax; his 1948 comeback hit Kiss me, Kate; composer Stephen Sondheim whose challenging, deeply personal music reflects his abilty to work with a wide range of styles to create meaningful works designed specifically for the theater; the necessity for a musical to be conceived theatrically regardless of the genre of music employed.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway: the American musical : x 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, at occasional brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Mead Hunt.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Jonathan Sheffer.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on October 23, 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 2138
OCLC
124082200
Title
[Interview with Jonathan Sheffer : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 2002.
Credits
Cameraman: Mead Hunt.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Jonathan Sheffer.
Event
Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on October 23, 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
Sheffer, Jonathan, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Hunt, Mead, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2138
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