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Author: Fred Ebb; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
Publisher: New York, 1999.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Lyricist Fred Ebb, part of the songwriting duo Kander and Ebb, discusses his career in the musical theater. Topics of discussion include his working process with composer John Kander; producer George Abbott, with whom he worked on the musical Flora the Red menace; Liza Minnelli as a performer; the musical Cabaret, including his writing of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Fred Ebb; John Kander; John Kander; John Kander; John Kander; Bob Fosse; Harold Prince; George Abbott
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Ebb; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
OCLC Number: 122942282
Notes: Copy of transcript available.
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.
Credits: Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Fred Ebb.
Event notes: Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on March 29, 1999.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (42 min.) : sound, color SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway, the American musical
Responsibility: [directed by Michael Kantor].

Abstract:

Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Lyricist Fred Ebb, part of the songwriting duo Kander and Ebb, discusses his career in the musical theater. Topics of discussion include his working process with composer John Kander; producer George Abbott, with whom he worked on the musical Flora the Red menace; Liza Minnelli as a performer; the musical Cabaret, including his writing of the lyrics, its director Harold Prince, star Lotte Lenya, and his view of the show's meaning; his interest in certain kinds of themes and plots; his experience working with choreographer Bob Fosse on Chicago; the significance of the songs "All I care about," and "Razzle dazzle"; the "meaning" of Chicago; what he loves about Broadway musicals; economic changes in the theater and its effects on theatergoing; the "secret" to writing good lyrics; Prince as a theatrical innovator and his strengths as a director; what he views as the landmark Broadway shows; the high point for him when working on a show; performer Chita Rivera's ability to interpret musical material; Kander's qualities as a composer, and how his talent affects their collaboration; theater as a collaborative art form, and what makes collaboration successful; the musicals The king and I and Guys and dolls; the health of the musical comedy.

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