Julie Andrews. "Broadway" tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theatre, and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life, from the immigrant experience at the turn of the century to today's Broadway, where big budget new productions and revivals of classic favourites compete side by side for box office success.
This in-depth mini-series (6 episodes) took the story of Broadway musicals from the vaudeville age and Mr Ziegfeld's spectaculars right up to the present day with Wicked! On the way, in the capable hands of presenter Julie Andrews, we remember Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, 42nd Street, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Hair!, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Rent, and La Cage Aux Folles.
There are tantalising clips from rare TV broadcasts and films (perhaps a weakness of the series is that people TALK over the clips - who wants to hear someone remember a show when you can see John Raitt sing Soliloquy from Carousel?) which are well-worth seeing the series in themselves. Contemporary and archive interviews bring the likes of Jerome Robbins, Kitty Carlisle, Jerry Orbach, and Tommy Tune into the story.
For my money, the best episodes were the first two, for the rare footage shown. But you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the toll of musical theatre back-room boys (and front-line artists) lost to AIDS.
A fantastic trip along the Great White Way - thanks to PBS for putting it together, and to BBC4 for airing it in the UK.
This movie is an absolute classic no collection is complete without it, It is perfect if you are bored or lonely and just need to kick back and relax for a while and just drift away in the movie, get engulfed and captured in the frames clicking over on the screen, it is such a great movie I recommend it to anyone, I really really enjoyed it, it took me away from reality, The story line is easy to follow and it will always keep you hooked until the very end, and after that you are still thinking about it.