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The American Musical, Part 1
Aired 5/17/2007

From Showboat to The Lion King, from Oklahoma to Chorus Line, the lights of Broadway burn brightly in the imaginations of millions of people around the world. The Broadway Musical is a unique 20th century art form, combining comedy and romance, music and dance. With mega-hits like Phantom of the Opera passing 8,000 performances, are we seeing a new golden age of the musical? Or are the corporate backed blockbusters squeezing out new creative voices? Who will join the ranks of Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein and Sondheim? What do the themes of musicals tell us about the story of America?
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  Judy Kaye
    A long time performer in musical theater, among her many roles she has appeared in The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, and Sweeny Todd. She won a Tony for her performance in The Phantom of the Opera.
  Wiley Hausam
    The executive Director of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, Associate Producer on the Tony Award winning Broadway show Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and Editor of The New American Musical: An Anthology from the End of the Century.

Originally Aired: 5/17/2007

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