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Birdman: Or, (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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A black comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
DVD
2015; 2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Smash: Season One

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Story of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and a rivalry between two very different women for the lead role.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Me & Orson Welles

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After a chance encounter, theater-loving teen Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when famous director Orson Welles (Christian McKay) gives him a small role in his 1937 production of "Julius Caesar." Unexpectedly thrust into the heady world of the stage, Richard finds himself surrounded by ambition, clashing egos and sheer brillance.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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42nd Street

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A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.
DVD
2009; 1933
Clemons (Stacks)
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Three Sailors and a Girl

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"A Navy submarine docks in New York, and three sailors (a singer, a dancer and a funny guy) go ashore. They meet a musically talented actress named Powell who deserves to be a star, and they pool their efforts to make her the star of a hit Broadway musical (as sailors do)"--IMDb.
DVD
2009; 1953
Clemons (Stacks)
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Charlie Chan on Broadway

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A New York nightclub gal is turning from singer to canary-- with a tell-all diary about her mobster ex-boyfriend. But when she winds up breaking more than a leg and Chan's Number One Son is accused of the murder, Charlie is determined to unmask the culprit-- even if it brings down the house.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Babes on Broadway

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One of the famous old musicals that combines captivating music and lavish production numbers by the master, Busby Berkeley. The story is the standard tale of two struggling Broadway hopefuls, and is filled with 16 song and dance numbers.
DVD
2007; 1941
Clemons (Stacks)
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Presenting Lily Mars

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Broadway producer John Thornway thinks he's seen it all, but preparing his next show in his hometown he meets his match in Lily Mars, a small town girl with a big dream: to star on Broadway. When Lily follows John to New York, a surprise awaits them along with love and fame.
DVD
2006; 1943
Clemons (Stacks)
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Stage Door

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The film depicts the fears, setbacks and daily struggles of aspiring young performers, and, for the very few, stardom and success.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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America: Broadway and Dramatic Realism

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Theater director Sir Richard Eyre discusses dramatic realism on Broadway. Through interviews and archival footage, he explores playwrights who looked at the dark side of the American Dream, then studies musicals and their early innovators.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Stage Door

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The film depicts the fears, setbacks and daily struggles of aspiring young performers, and, for the very few, stardom and success.
DVD
2005
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 2 Syncopated City (1919-1933) [electronic resource]

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Gossip columnist Walter Winchell gave Broadway a nickname that becomes synonymous with all of New York: "It is the Big Apple, the goal of all ambitions, the pot of gold at the end of a drab and somewhat colorless rainbow." With the advent of Prohibition and the Jazz Age, America convulsed with energy and change, and nowhere was the riotous mix of classes and cultures more dramatically on display than Broadway. "There was this period in which everybody was leaping across borders and boundaries," says director/producer George C. Wolfe. "There was this incredible cross-fertilization, cultural appropriation." While brash American women flapped their way to newfound freedoms, heroines of Broadway like Marilyn Miller became a testament to pluck and luck. It was the age of "Whoopee" and the [...]
Online
2005; 2004
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 1 Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927) [electronic resource]

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When Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. first hit New York in 1893, the intersection of Broadway and 42nd was nobody's idea of "the crossroads of the world." But by 1913, "'The Ziegfeld Follies' really were an amalgamation of everything that was happening in America, in New York, at that time," says writer Philip Furia. "Flo Ziegfeld was like the Broadway equivalent of the melting pot itself." Ziegfeld's story introduces many of the era's key figures: Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant who became the voice of assimilated America; entertainers like Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice and African American Bert Williams, who became America's first "crossover" artists; and the brash Irish American George M. Cohan, whose song-and-dance routines embodied the energy of Broadway. This is also the story of the o [...]
Online
2005; 2004
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 3 I Got Plenty of Nuttin' (1929-1942) [electronic resource]

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The Great Depression proved to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theater emerged. Productions like Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" offered glamour and high times as an escape, while others -- such as "Of Thee I Sing," which satirized the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of "The Cradle Will Rock," about a steel strike -- dealt directly with the era's social and political concerns. When Bing Crosby recorded "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," the doleful Broadway ballad took the hit parade by surprise.
Online
2005; 2004
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 5 Tradition (1957-1979) [electronic resource]

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West Side Story" not only brought untraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushered in a new breed of director/choreographer who insisted on performers who could dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins' last original musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," closed after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway had changed forever. Rock 'n' roll, civil rights, and the Vietnam War ushered in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theater in daring new directions with innovative productions like "Hair," the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music.
Online
2005; 2004
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 4 Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' (1943-1960) [electronic resource]

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The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changed the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking "Oklahoma!" in 1943, featuring a landmark ballet by Agnes de Mille. "Carousel" and "South Pacific" then set the standard for decades to come by pioneering a musical where story is all-important. For challenging the country to confront its deep-seated racial bigotry, "South Pacific" won the Pulitzer Prize. In "On the Town," an exuberant team of novices -- Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins -- captured the energy, humor, and pathos of New York City during World War II. Irving Berlin triumphed again with "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring Ethel Merman and the unofficial anthem of the American musical theater, "There's No Bus [...]
Online
2005; 2004
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Broadway, the American Musical: Part 6 Putting It Together (1980-Present) [electronic resource]

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Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick reconquered Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical "42nd Street." But soon the biggest hits were arriving from an unexpected source -- London. Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefined the business of show business as "Cats," "Les Misřables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon" became international blockbusters.
Online
2005; 2004
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Lullaby of Broadway

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The steps of the studio set towered before her like a pyramid. All Doris Day had to do was dance up and down those steps while wearing a flowing gold lame dress. "You've got to be out of your minds," Day exclaimed in a voice heard across the soundstage. But dance and sing she did. Day plays a singer who arrives in New York never dreaming it will begin an alternately funny and heartfelt shot at stardom on the Great White Way.
DVD
2005; 1950
Clemons (Stacks)
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Legends of Broadway: Portraits of Creativity

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Features profiles of American musical theater's most influential composers and songwriters.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

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A look at the history of professional theater in New York City, featuring over 100 Broadway and Hollywood stars.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)