Fanny Brice

In 1909, an 18-year-old comedienne named Fannie Borach came to Irving Berlin with a problem. Her career hadn’t been going so well — George M. Cohan had fired her from the chorus of one of his shows two years before, … Continue reading

Barbra Streisand

This multi-talented performer shot to fame when she conquered Broadway with her galvanizing stage presence in the musicals, “I Can Get It for You Wholesale” (1962) and “Funny Girl” (1964), in the latter as the gawky but gifted Fanny Brice. … Continue reading

Episode Descriptions

Episode One:Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927) When Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. arrives New York in 1893, the intersection of Broadway and 42nd is nobody’s idea of “the crossroads of the world.”  But by 1913, “The Ziegfeld Follies really were an … Continue reading

About the Series

Broadway: The American Musical tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life. The six-part series begins with the immigrant experience at the turn of the century, when a melting … Continue reading