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Author: Richard Adler; 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. Richard Adler, lyricist, composer and producer of several Broadway shows, discusses his career. Topics include the value of having worked with with producer George Abbott; the production and direction of The pajama game, directed by Abbott; its role in launching the careers of director Harold Prince and choreographer Bob Fosse, Adler's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Richard Adler; Richard Adler; Richard Adler; Jerry Ross; Richard Adler; Jerry Ross
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Adler; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
OCLC Number: 123085695
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, at occasional brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Credits: Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Richard Adler.
Event notes: Videotaped probably in New York, N.Y. on March 29, 1999.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (51 min.) : sound, color SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway, the American musical
Responsibility: [directed by Michael Kantor].

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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Richard Adler, lyricist, composer and producer of several Broadway shows, discusses his career. Topics include the value of having worked with with producer George Abbott; the production and direction of The pajama game, directed by Abbott; its role in launching the careers of director Harold Prince and choreographer Bob Fosse, Adler's writing of the song "Steam heat," and the show's songs that made the hit parade, including "Steam heat" and "Hernando's hideaway"; the creation of the show Damn Yankees, produced by Abbott; for which Adler wrote the music, including his showstopping song "You gotta have heart," and the dancing of Gwen Verdon, which in his opinon made the show a hit; Fosse and Verdon's working relationship and marriage; the song "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo" from Damn Yankees; the death in 1955 of his songwriting partner Jerry Ross; Alan Jay Lerner's book and lyrics for My fair lady; his friendship and working relationship with composer Richard Rodgers; Fiddler on the roof as the "last great score" for the American musical; the "meaning" of the musical during the 1950s; his favorite musicals, including Gypsy and My fair lady; the future of Broadway. Interview continues for last several minutes with audio only discussion concerning the hit recording by Rosemary Clooney of his song "Hey there."

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