Broadway Songbook® – The 70s Songbook
Journey through this formative decade in the history of the Broadway musical, and hear the stories behind songs by Elton John, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Carole King and more, whose music eventually became part of the Broadway canon.
The Broadway Songbook® series explores the history, meaning, and impact of Broadway on popular American culture. The shows are hosted by Broadway veteran, James A. Rocco, written by Jeffrey P. Scott and James A. Rocco, with musical direction by two-time Ivey Award-winner Raymond Berg. The series showcases the songs and shows that have become “standards” of the American Songbook as well as undiscovered musical gems that are lesser known but important and spectacular works, saluting the legacy of musical theater in a way that is accessible, educational and entertaining.
The Broadway Songbooks look at distinct periods of time and specific major influences on musical theater, including the early years (1890 – 1920), the developing years (1920 – 1940), the “golden age” (1950s and 1960s), and the intersection of Broadway and Rock and Roll (1960s – present). Previous songbooks have also explored the life and works of Broadway legends such as Rogers & Hammerstein & Hart, Stephen Sondheim, and Comden & Green.