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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Airs Fri., March 21, 2014 at 9 p.m. & Sun., March 23 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: "West Side Story" cast, 2008.

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Composer Irving Berlin

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Zero Mostel performs “Tradition” in the 1964 Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway’s golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind.

More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater.

In "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL series, combining interviews with performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for a century.

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Preview: Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Above: Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway’s golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. In "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical," combining interviews with performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for a century.

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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy: Fiddler's Tradition

Above: This excerpt from "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" speaks to the surprising universality of the 1964 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical Fiddler on the Roof—a show about a small, tight-knit Jewish community living in early 20th-century Tsarist Russia.

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