Albert M. Tapper presents

Written, directed and produced by Michael Kantor
Narrated by Joel Grey
Co-Producers Jan Gura, Patty Baker, Sylvia Cahill
Edited by Kris Liem Music Supervisor Andy Einhorn
For Thirteen: Supervising Producer Bill O’Donnell, Executive Producer David Horn
A Production of B’WAY Films LLC, Ghost Light Films, Albert M. Tapper and Thirteen for WNET
Executive Producer Barbara Brilliant

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy premieres nationally on PBS on Great Performances,
January 1, 2013, at 9:30pm (check local listings).

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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy is the first documentary film to explore the phenomenon that, over the fifty-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. These are the popular songs that our nation took to war, sang to their children at bedtime, and whistled while waiting for the bus – taken in total they comprise the vast majority of what is now commonly referred to as “The American Songbook.”

Narrated by Joel Grey, the film features interviews with Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz, Phyllis Newman, Charles Strouse, Harold Prince, Maury Yeston, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Ernie Harburg, Marc Shaiman, David Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Mel Brooks, Stephen Schwartz and many others.
Dynamic footage includes performances by stars such as David Hyde Pierce, Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, Zero Mostel, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Nathan Lane, Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, Dick Van Dyke, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy is a production of Albert M. Tapper, with funding provided by the Patty and Jay Baker Foundation, Stuart Weitzman and Family, Judith B. Resnick, The Blavatnik Family Foundation, Barbara and Buddy Freitag Family Fund, The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Philanthropic Fund, The National Museum of American Jewish History, Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation, Raymond Tye and Family Charitable Trust and The Shubert Organization.