Broadway: The American Musical

Broadway: The American Musical

Tradition - 1957 to 1979
Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  STUDIO  |  August 8, 2013

West Side Story not only brings untraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushers in a new breed of director/choreographer who insists on performers who can dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins' last original musical, Fiddler on the Roof, closes after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway has changed forever. Rock 'n' roll, civil rights and Vietnam usher in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theatre in daring new directions with innovative productions like Hair, the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music.

West Side Story not only brings untraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushers in a new breed of director/choreographer who insists on performers who can dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins' last original musical, Fiddler on the Roof, closes after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway has changed forever. Rock 'n' roll, civil rights and Vietnam usher in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theatre in daring new directions with innovative productions like Hair, the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music.

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