Join host Liev Schreiber to trace the development of comic book heroes and their powerful legacy.
Broadway: The American Musical tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life. Broadway: The American Musical airs Sunday, October 7, 2012.
A web-only bonus clip from Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, airing in October on PBS. Check local listings for more information.
Preview for Episode 2 of Broadway: The American Musical, Syncopated City.
Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry whose products are an influential part of our national identity.
Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim... Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? The documentary combines interviews with performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for a century.
From PBS - During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation. When the thrilling “Adventures of Superman” is broadcast on the new medium of television, America’s first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength.
From PBS - Track the enthusiasm for superheroes as they're embraced in all media and by all demographics.
From PBS - See how superheroes affect and reflect relevant social mores.
From PBS - Follow the fortunes of superheroes, from the Depression through Superman's television debut.
Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today's insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics.
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