Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City
Produced by Michael Cantor (2004)
With the advent of Prohibition and the Jazz Age, America convulses with energy and change, and nowhere is the riotous mix of classes and cultures on Broadway. It’s the age of “Whoopee” and the “Charleston,” Runnin’ Wild and the George White Scandals. The Gershwin brothers, the minstrels of the Jazz Age, bring a “Fascinating Rhythm” to an entire nation. Innovative songwriting teams like Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ignite a new age of bright, clever lyrics with the massive hit “Manhattan.” But as the Roaring Twenties come to a close, Broadway’s Jazz Age suffers the one-two punch of the “talking picture” and the stock market crash, triggering a massive talent exodus to Hollywood and putting an end to Broadway’s feverish expansion.
Accolades for the film include:
Emmy – Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Emmy – Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Program
Golden Satellite Award – Best Documentary DVD
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