Broadway: The American Musical

PBS's 'Broadway'

Musicals blow the dust off the soul,” Mel Brooks remarks in the first moments of Broadway: The American Musical, tossing out an exuberant metaphor well suited to this terrific PBS documentary, which blasts the dust off priceless show-biz anecdotes and bits of historical footage chronicling the quintessential American art form. Premiering October 19­-21 (check local listings), this handsome and well-informed six-part film traces the...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.