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DVD -- Broadway: The American Musical

This PBS series, The American Musical, is an ambitious and absorbing exploration of a unique American art form. Hosted and narrated by Julie Andrews, the six-part, six-hour documentary traces the history of musical theater from its roots in vaudeville, operetta, and minstrel shows, to the dawn of what would become the modern American musical, Show Boat, and on through many changes that seemed to reflect those in American culture itself.

Significant creators are covered including Florenz Ziegfeld, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Bob Fosse, and David Merrick. Notable shows (Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Company, Cats, and recent hit Wicked, among others) are included through performance clips and interviews with songwriters, stars, directors, producers, critics, and historians.

These three discs run a total of 360 minutes. US and Canada only (Region

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