In when broadway went to hollywood writer and celebrated steward of musical theatre ethan mordden directs his unmistakable wit and whimsy to these challenging questions and more charting the volatile and galvanizing influence of broadway on hollywood and vice versa throughout the twentieth century. When broadway went to hollywood is an excellent book about the musical pieces that accompanied the movies that were once on broadway it gives you plenty of historical facts and notes about them i for one was one of those who were uncomfortable about the bursting into song. Sold out with host sean hartley featuring ethan mordden author of when broadway went to hollywood plus a cast of broadway stars tba as talkies replaced silent films in the 1920s some of broadways greatest talents headed west to hollywood enticed by the promise of national exposure and financial success. Ironically the only other broadway songwriter who had a similar experience in hollywood was oscar hammerstein ii who went about his dreary studio assignments without much enthusiasm
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