ML1711.8 .N3 B762 2004 DVD Disc.1
Episode One: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)
New York City's turn of the century musical theater embodied the hope that America offered to millions of immigrants. The story of legendary producer Florenz Ziegfeld introduces the era's key figures: songwriter Irving Berlin, comedienne-singer Fanny Brice and comic Bert Williams - America's first "crossover" artists - and brash song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II unleash Broadway's potential with the groundbreaking Show Boat.
Episode Two: Syncopated City (1919-1933)
Prohibition and Jazz, along with newly-won freedoms for women, proved to be fertile ground for musical comedy. Marilyn Miller, the Marx Brothers, and Al Jolson rocketed to stardom, as songwriting teams like George and Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the music that seduced the nation with New York City's syncopated rhythm. But Broadway's Jazz Age suffered a one-two punch with the "talking picture" and the stock market crash.
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