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|Genre/Form:||Documentaries and factual works
|Named Person:||Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock; Jerry Bock; Jerome Robbins; George Abbott; Harold Prince; Richard Rodgers; Stephen Sondheim|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Sheldon Harnick; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
|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: Sheldon Harnick.|
|Event notes:||Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on August 5, 1998.|
|Description:||4 videocassettes (VHS) (112 min.) : sd., col. SP ; 1/2 in.|
|Other Titles:||Broadway, the American musical
Harnick interview :
Interview continues on videocassette two with discussion on the changing preference, since Fiddler and Hello, Dolly!, for rock oriented music in the Broadway musical; his description of the musical over time; his views on lyricists Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, and E. Y. (Yip) Harburg; his beginnings as lyricist in the 1950s, newly arrived in New York City from Chicago, intent on writing songs that were socially conscious; lyricist Oscar Hammerstein; his collaboration with composer Jerry Bock; shows he has written which are based in New York, such as the musical Fiorello!, about Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia; theatrical producer and director George Abbott, with whom he worked on Fiorello!; the qualities which in his view make a musical successful; his early struggles to become a successful lyricist; the Broadway revue of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, which was gradually subsumed by television variety shows, and then reemerged on Broadway in an altered form in 1970s; the kinds of theatrical works he admires; his project She loves me which featured an operatic score by Bock; the influence a success on the kinds of shows which get produced; his preference for writing period scores, rather than ones featuring popular rock music; and what he views as the landmark qualities of the musical Hair.
Interview continues on videocassette three with discussion on his experience working with Richard Rodgers on the 1976 musical Rex; the legacy of Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber; the creative abilities of director Harold Prince with whom he also worked on the show She loves me; and what he sees as the future of Broadway, currently an expensive environment for producers, in which corporations play an increased role.
Interview concludes on videocassette four with his views on Stephen Sondheim's artistry as a composer and lyricist for the musical theater.
- Harnick, Sheldon -- Interviews.
- Bock, Jerry. -- Fiddler on the roof.
- Bock, Jerry.
- Robbins, Jerome.
- Abbott, George, -- 1887-1995.
- Prince, Harold, -- 1928-
- Rodgers, Richard, -- 1902-1979.
- Sondheim, Stephen.
- Theater -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Musical theater -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Musical theater -- Production and direction.
- Lyricists -- Interviews.
- Lyricists -- United States.
- Composers -- United States.
- Theatrical producers and directors.
- Popular music -- Writing and publishing.
- Broadway (New York, N.Y.)