1) Give My Regards To Broadway
Tuesday at 9 p.m
The first episode looks at the beginnings of Broadway, including the Ziegfeld Follies and the contributions of immigrants and first-generation Americans such as Irving Berlin, Bert Williams, Fanny Brice and George M. Cohan.
Also covered are the patriotic tunes of World War I, strikes by performers, and the triumph of "Show Boat."
2) Syncopated City
Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Prohibition, the Roaring Twenties and new freedoms for women brought an energy and social change to Broadway. Marilyn Miller, the Marx Brothers, Al Jolson and Eubie Blake were among the stars.
Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and George and Ira Gershwin were emerging talents. Columnist Walter Winchell popularized Broadway slang, including "the Big Apple."
But "talking pictures" and the stock market crash brought an end to Broadway's feverish expansion.
3) I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
Wednesday at 9 p.m.
During the Great Depression, Broadway offered audiences an escape and glamour through Cole Porter's works while it also featured social and political concerns through such songs as "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"
These years also included the launching of such performers as Ethel Merman and Ethel Waters; George Gershwin's folk opera "Porgy and Bess"; Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Pal Joey"; Irving Berlin's "This Is the Army"; and the Federal Theater's "The Cradle Will Rock," created through the government's Works Progress Administration.
4) Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'
Wednesday at 10 p.m.
A strong story became central in what many consider to be the Golden Age of the Broadway musical.
The partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II introduced "Oklahoma!" in 1943, followed by "Carousel," "South Pacific" and "The King and I."
Irving Berlin wrote "There's No Business Like Show Business" for "Annie Get Your Gun." These also were the years of "Guys and Dolls," "The Sound of Music," and Julie Andrews in "My Fair Lady."
Thursday at 9 p.m.
New traditions and themes emerged in the 1960s and '70s, beginning with "West Side Story."
On stage were: "Hello Dolly," "Fiddler on the Roof" "Cabaret" and the counterculture's "Hair." Other big shows included
"A Chorus Line," "Chicago" and "Sweeney Todd."
Creative talent included choreographer Jerome Robbins, songwriter Stephen Sondheim, and directors Hal Prince, Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett.
6) Putting It Together
Thursday at 10 p.m.
The series wraps up with the business of show business and how it has changed.
There are looks at David Merrick, an independent American producer, and British imports such as "Cats" from Cameron Mackintosh.
Other featured shows include "La Cage aux Folles," "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Lion King," "The Producers" and "Wicked."
Also discussed are the impact of AIDS and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the growing corporate dominance of Broadway productions.