I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (1930 – 1942)
The video named ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (1930 – 1942) is about the time of the Great Depression, which was crucial for every business all over the world, but how it proved to be in favor of Broadway theatre in terms of creative growth. The video is distributed by the PBS distributions and is part of the Broadway: The American Musical series (I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'). The Great Depression had a severe impact on every aspect of society and theatres were no exception to it. The time was crucial to Broadway musical and needed new techniques to keep running. The video tells that how various plays were performed and how they got famous by trying new techniques. It can be observed by watching the video that the shows of Broadway musical were more about reality if compared with the escapism shows of 1920s (I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'). It contains everything which happened with the musical theatre and how political and social aspects of the era had an influence on performances, theatre, playwrights and actors alike. It also discusses famous plays which include ‘Anything Goes’ by Cole Porter, ‘The Cradle Will Rock’ produced by the Works Progress Association (WPA). The video also tells how WPA tried to stop the performance of ‘The Cradle Will Rock’ and how some prominent names of the 1930s, which includes Houseman and Welles found a way to keep it going with various restrictions imposed. It also contains original interviews of actors, directors and lyricists about the performances in those times. The video also contains highlights of some movies which include Gerwhin brothers from the year 1930 and singing performance from 1950s. in addition, the video shows and informs about performances of various artists of the 1930s and their success in the theatre.