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Web site: http://www.pbs.org/broadway/

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Episode description: David Merrick has a smash with an adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street, and Cameron Mackintosh redefines the business of show business with Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon. Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George defies categorization, while Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles has two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on Broadway—a breakthrough soon overshadowed by the decimation of the AIDS crisis. Julie Taymor brings Disney to Broadway with a triumphant re-imagining of The Lion King, composer Jonathan Larson scores a bittersweet victory with the rock-flavored Rent, and the old-style musical is reborn in Mel Brooks' The Producers. Growing corporate dominance is evidenced by shows like Wicked. [cc]

Rating: [TV-PG] (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Series Information: Broadway: The American Musical

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First aired: Thursday, October 21, 2004 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)

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Official web site: http://www.pbs.org/broadway/

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