The Man Who Invented The Broadway Sound

Robert Russell Bennett didn't write the tunes - Gershwin and Kern and Rogers and Porter did that - but for 40 years and 300 Broadway shows, he arranged those tunes for the theatre and in doing so created the sound of the Golden Age of the Musical.

Jeremy Sams presents a profile of the man who believed the whole of the musical world wasn't worth 27 bars of Beethoven's Op 84, and yet worked all his life to make it one of the great American Treasures.

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Robert Russell Bennett didn't write the tunes - Gershwin and Kern and Rogers and Porter did that - but for 40 years and 300 Broadway shows, he arranged those tunes for the theatre and in doing so created the sound of the Golden Age of the Musical.

Jeremy Sams presents a profile of the man who believed the whole of the musical world wasn't worth 27 bars of Beethoven's Op 84, and yet worked all his life to make it one of the great American Treasures.