RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 145606364 LA English T1 [Interview with Tim Robbins : raw footage] A1 Robbins, Tim,, Kantor, Michael,, Kantor, Michael,, Squires, Buddy,, PP New York YR 2002 AB Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Actor, director, screenwriter, producer and political activist Tim Robbins speaks about the American theater, with emphasis on the Depression-era musical The cradle will rock, the subject of his eponymous 1999 film. Robbins discusses the Federal Theatre Project, a New Deal effort to fund theater and other live artistic performances in the United States during the Great Depression. The FTP, headed by Hallie Flanagan was best known for a series of plays called Living Newspapers which addressed socially sensitive subjects, and these works soon drew criticism in Congress. Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, John Houseman, Martin Ritt, Elia Kazan, Marc Blitzstein, Arthur Arent and Abe Feder all became established, in part, through their work in the FTP. The organization was progressive in its belief in racial equality and featured integrated productions. Blitzstein, Houseman and Welles collaborated on the controversial FTP production of The Cradle Will Rock. One of the first to address problems in society, the musical concerned the efforts of the power elite to stomp out labor unrest at a steel mill. In an attempt to stop the production, government authories locked the theater, but Houseman and Welles presented the show anyway, in a spontaneous staging, at a theater uptown, Robbins explains. Robbins also discusses actors' failure to exercise their freedom of speech; government repression of artists and artistic expression; the wide ranging forms of the American musical; the redevelopment of Times Square; the limitless possibilities afforded by the musical theater; shows he saw as a child; and his view on the Disney Company production The lion king.