“This is my favorite Broadway DVD.” Jeff Mattsey
An oral history of the Broadway community and culture from the 1940s – 1960s told through a collection of interviews with the legends of the era. Their stories are classic and moving depictions of cast parties at Sardi’s, Second Acting (sneaking into a theater after intermission), and the stand out performances that defined American Theater in the century. The featured artists include: Jerry Orbach, Robert Goulet, John Raitt, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Stephen Sondheim, and Angela Lansbury. There’s even a special appearance from Merwin Foard, co-creator of Baritones Unbound in the Mame segment.
Perhaps the most expansive Broadway documentary ever created, PBS’s Broadway: The American Musical spans from the days of the vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies to the opening night of Wicked. The comprehensive history highlights the performers, composers, librettists, lyricists, and producers that progressed, shifted, and re-imagined musical theater. Hosted by Julie Andrews from the stage of the New Amsterdam Theater, the photographs, interviews, and samples of recordings capture the breadth of the Great White Way.
The Standbys is a rare look at the unnoticed, talented, and prepared performers who are often left waiting in the Broadway theater wings every night. However, with only a moments notice these men and women are prepared to jump into a role and perform for the audience. Baritones… co-creator Merwin Foard is featured as one of the performers the documentary follows. “It is probably the hardest job in the theater, and this touching documentary reveals the ups and downs of three gifted performers.” – Nathan Lane.