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5. Tradition (1957-1979) | 6. Putting It Together (1980-2004)

120 minutes
ML1711.8 .N3 B762 2004 DVD Disc.3

Episode Five: Tradition (1957-1979)
In the late 50s and early 60s, Broadway continued producing enduring hits, including the groundbreaking West Side Story, but in the era of rock & roll and tumultuous social change, Broadway reinvented itself and established new traditions. The conceptual theater of John Kander & Fred Ebb's Cabaret, as directed by Hal Prince, was followed by the tribal love-rock musical Hair and the urban angst of Stephen Sondheim's Company. Bob Fosse showcased sexy cynicism in Chicago, and Michael Bennett created the blockbuster A Chorus Line. With Prince and Sondheim's production of Sweeney Todd, the musical reached unexpected heights in style and material.

Episode Six: Putting It Together (1980-2004)
As notorious producer David Merrick conquered Broadway with 42nd Street, and producer Cameron Mackintosh and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber redefined Broadway, the business of show business took center-stage. Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George moved from a workshop Off-Broadway, while Jerry Herman's La Cage Aux Follies broke new ground in its portrayal of gay romance. Julie Taymor re-imagined Disney's The Lion King, composer Jonathan Larson scored a bittersweet triumph with Rent, and the old-fashioned musical was reborn in Mel Brooks' The Producers. The creation of Wicked, the biggest hit of 2004, highlights the challenges of producing on Broadway in the 21st Century.

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