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About Michael Kantor


Michael Kantor’s 25 years’ experience in historical documentary filmmaking includes the six-part Emmy nominated series, MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF AMERICA (hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris), GIVE ME THE BANJO (narrated by Steve Martin), THE THOMASHEFSKYS: MUSIC AND MEMORIES OF A LIFE IN THE YIDDISH THEATER, and QUINCY JONES: IN THE POCKET for the American Masters series. He has also created profiles of Arthur Miller and David Mamet for Thirteen’s series EGG: THE ARTS SHOW, and co-directed CORNERSTONE: AN INTERSTATE ADVENTURE for HBO. Kantor’s other credits include work on THE WEST, a film by Stephen Ives (Executive Producer Ken Burns), LINDBERGH, CONEY ISLAND, THE DONNER PARTY, MARGARET SANGER, OUT OF THE PAST, THE IMPRESSIONISTS, and Ric Burns’ NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY series. Mr. Kantor wrote LULLABYE OF BROADWAY: OPENING NIGHT ON 42ND STREET, which was produced by Metropolitan Entertainment in association with Ghost Light Films. With Laurence Maslon, Mr. Kantor is the co-author of the companion books to MAKE ‘EM LAUGH and BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, and has published numerous essays and articles.

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  1. Re: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy: Great documentary. Really well done! One small but important quibble. Irving Berlin was NOT from “a Russian village.” He and his family were from Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire. In fact, he couldn’t have been from “a Russian village” because the Tsarist government prohibited Jews from living in Russia itself, relegating them to the Pale of Settlement located largely on the territories of present-day Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. (Therefore, the suggestion by some that he was from the Siberian town of Tyumen is suspect to say the least.) In other wrods, Russia and the Russian Empire are not the same. Saying that the Berlins (the Baylins) were from Russia would not be all that dissimilar from stating that a Jew born in Budapest during the Hapsburg period was from an Austrian city. Thank you for your consideration and, again, well done!