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Broadway & Hollywood Legends - The Songwriters Collection (Kander & Ebb / Alan Jay Lerner / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Sheldon Harnick / Burton Lane / Mitchell Parish / Arthur Schwartz / Charles Strouse)
Broadway Hollywood Legends - The Songwriters Collection
Kander & Ebb / Alan Jay Lerner / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Sheldon Harnick / Burton Lane / Mitchell Parish / Arthur Schwartz / Charles Strouse
Actors: John Kander, Fred Ebb, Alan Jay Lerner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     6hr 42min

Kander & Ebb / Alan Jay Lerner / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Sheldon Harnick / Burton Lane / Mitchell Parish / Arthur Schwartz / Charles Strouse

     
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Actors: John Kander, Fred Ebb, Alan Jay Lerner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, International, Musicals
Studio: Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE) / Lance Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 6hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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"In the 1980's Producer Sonny Fox started taping sessions with the great Broadway composers & lyricists based on a series of lectures that were held at New York's 92nd Street Y. Now, after more than 2 decades, these are finally being released on DVD, and what a treasure they are. In addition to being among the musical greats of the 20th century, the artists in this set are also consummate performers who know how to tell a story. They are also wise enough to know that most of their songs should be sung by trained Broadway professionals (although "Yip" Harburg's "Last Night When We Were Young" will tear your heart out!)The strongest set is, arguably, Burton Lane's, although I might be prejudiced as I think Lane is the most under-rated Broadway composer ever. The weakest, and most fascinating, is lyricist Mitchell Parish's wherein he REFUSES to make ANY mention of the composers who wrote the melodies to which he set the words. This includes Hoagy Carmichael who penned a little item called "Stardust" (lyrics: Parrish). But I quibble. EVERY set is a masterful rememberance of a time when music & lyrics were meant to MEAN something. And we're there with the folks who made it all happen. It's Nirvana (and I don't mean the band!)"
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(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an amazing, emotional, entertaining and touching journey through a popular music songbook-and an era that will never exist again-in the company of these marvelous Music Men (and with fond memories of their talented collaborators)who, among them, created some of the best-loved and most-often sung American standards of all-time. Their carefully-crafted melodies and thoughtful, expressive lyrics both reflected and affected the times in which they were written, and this is a faithful-and irreplaceable-narrative of those times and tunes by men who have achieved musical immortality with their ability to touch our hearts and souls through their timeless songs. There are reminiscences, anecdotes, and engaging singing performances by the songwriters themselves, along with other able and personable interpretive soloists and backing musicians. It's all done on-stage in front of delighted and appreciative audiences, and it's almost like being in the front row yourself. For anyone who's interested in popular music or Broadway show tunes of the 20th century, this lively set is a truly outstanding collection, a one-of-a-kind treasure!"
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A brilliant notion to interview some of america's songwriters before they shuffled off their mortal coils. Filmed in the early 1980's, this is a great record of the guys who brought wit and literacy to the craft of songwriting - something extinct in the music of today.
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