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Stuart Hecht Recalls PBS “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Oct 6, 2022


JLive Presents Stuart Hecht

(9 min) In this clip, Theatre Historian Stuart Hecht answers an audience question about participating in the 90-minute PBS documentary about the influence of Jewish composers and lyricists on the modern American musical. 


About JLive: 

JLive, an ongoing project from the Jewish Arts Collaborative, is a series of virtual cultural experiences that bring us together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression. The professionals featured in the series span a wide range of creative mediums, from animation to klezmer to papercutting, all with connections to the Greater Boston Area. 


JArts’ mission is to curate, celebrate, and build community around the diverse world of Jewish arts, culture, and creative expression. Our vision is of a more connected, engaged, and tolerant world inspired by Jewish arts and culture.


Rich Material 

In this clip, Stuart Hecht recalls a concern at the documentary’s inception: “don’t let it be just another ‘...and then we did this’ kind of show”. What does he mean? Can you think of any films you’ve seen that follow that structure? What do you think about this type of documentary filmmaking? 

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