Regarding Broadway: Part Three - Broadway Comes of Age

by Lynne Warfel
June 17, 2014

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Bob Fosse rehearsing with dancers. (Photofest and the New York Public Library)


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The preceeding generations of directors, choreographers, and producers paved the way for the new group of creative minds. Fosse, Sondheim, and Kander and Ebb brought an edgy realism to the plots and a virtuoso turn to the dancing in their musicals.

The current events of the day, including the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the restlessness of the younger generation all made themselves known on the musical stage. From Camelot, to Cabaret, and Hair the Broadway musical stage set the standard for the rest of the world.


Rodgers and Hammerstein: "No Way to Stop It" and "Processional" from Sound of Music

Theodore Bikel, Kurt Kasnzar and Marion Marlowe

Lerner and Lowe: "Overture", "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight?"/"If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot

Richard Burton/Robert Goulet

Strouse and Adams: "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye, Bye Birdie

Dick van Dyke

Sondheim: "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Zero Mostel and Cast

Herman: "Hello, Dolly!" from Hello,Dolly!

Carol Channing and Chorus Men

Herman: "If He Walked Into My Life" from Mame

Angela Lansbury

Styne: "Don't Rain On My Parade" from Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand

Darion and Leigh: "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha

Richard Kiley

Bock and Harnick: "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof

Zero Mostel and Cast

Coleman and Fields: "If They Could See Me Now" from Sweet Charity

Gwen Verdon

Kander and Ebb: "Wilkommen" from Cabaret

Joel Grey and Girls of the Kit Kat Club

Ragni and Rado: "Aquarius" from Hair

Original Cast

Edwards: "Is Anybody There?" from 1776

William Daniels