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The hows, whys and wherefores of putting on some of America’s greatest plays and musicals, from those in the know: the creators themselves.

‘Riverdance: The Ten Years’: Even if you’ve never seen Riverdance live, you’ve definitely heard of this Irish step dancing phenomenon that blossomed from a performance at the 1994 Eurovision competition. The documentary shows the evolution of Riverdance and its lasting cultural impact as well as the company’s performance at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Dublin.

‘Living Shakespeare - A Year with the Royal Shakespeare Company’: The BBC documentary captures a year of rehearsals and performances with the acclaimed Stratford-upon-Avon theater. When it’s over, switch to any of the BBC Shakespeare productions available on BroadwayHD.

‘Falsettos in 1992’ (then watch the 2016 production on BroadwayHD): Featuring interviews with four of the leads from the 2016 revival, Falsettos in 1992 gives you a glimpse into the lives of the stars as they tell you where they were the year the musical first debuted on Broadway.

‘My Fair Lady’: Premiering on Broadway in 1956, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is a fixture of the American musical canon. This BBC documentary features interviews, rehearsal footage and scenes from the film starring Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison and more.

‘Memphis Pre-Show Feature’: Winning the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, Memphis tells the story of the birth of rock’n’roll. This short featurette explains what it took to bring the show to life. If you’re intrigued to see more, continue the experience by watching the full musical on BroadwayHD.

‘Face to Face: Stephen Sondheim’: Stephen Sondheim is a contemporary Broadway legend and responsible for so many of the Great White Way’s greatest hits. Face to Face captures an intimate interview with the lyricist and composer behind shows like Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music. Following the interview, you can watch two versions of Company, Follies in concert, Sweeney Todd and behind the scenes features about Sondheim’s work.

‘Holiday Inn Cast Album—A Special Sneak Peek!’: Take a quick glimpse into the studio during the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Holiday Inn cast album recording sessions. The musical features Irving Berlin standards like "White Christmas," "Steppin’ Out With My Baby" and "Blue Skies." The complete musical is available on BroadwayHD along with another quick behind the scenes video from the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production photo shoot.  

‘Condola Rashad on Romeo and Juliet’: When the 2013 revival of Romeo and Juliet starring Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom hit Broadway, critics and audiences were buzzing about the decision to make the famous star-crossed lovers an interracial couple. This informal interview with Rashad is best watched after the full performance which, along with an interview with Bloom, is also available on BroadwayHD.

‘Follies, the Rehearsals’: Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the reunion of a group of showgirls at a soon-to-be-demolished Broadway theater debuted in 1971 and has since gone on to see multiple international and national revivals. This brief documentary features rehearsal footage from the 1985 New York Philharmonic concert version of the play which can also be streamed on BroadwayHD.

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