Regarding Broadway: Part One - The Early Days

Regarding Broadway, Pt. 1


June 03, 2014
Broadway in the 1900s
Photograph of the early Broadway Theater district.
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The history of musical theater predates George M. Cohan, but for a beginning, we start on November 7, 1904, when Little Johnny Jones appeared on Broadway.

We look at how the Great Depression affected musicals, and how Showboat forever changed what they would eventually become.


Cohan: "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
James Cagney and Studio Orchestra

Tierney/McCarthy: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Rivera Rage", and "An Irish Girl" from Irene
Debbie Reynolds and Cast (Original Broadway Cast - 1973 Revival)

Youmans/Harbach and Caesar: "I Want to Be Happy" from No, No, Nanette
Jack Gilford, Susan Watson and the tap dancing of Ruby Keeler (Original Broadway Cast - 1971 Revival)

Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy
London Sinfonietta/John McGlinn

Kern/Hammerstein: Overture, "You Are Love" and "Old Man River" from Showboat
John Raitt, Barbara Cook and William Warfield

Porter: "You're the Top", from Anything Goes
Ethel Merman

Rodgers: "Slaughter on 10th Avenue", from On Your Toes
Boston Pops/Lockhart