In a six-month period in 1964-65, three movie musicals premiered: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music. Each film swept across American movie theaters and the Billboard charts, and collectively they were nominated for 35 Academy Awards -- going on to win 18.
And they effectively killed the movie musical, says Matthew Kennedy, author of the new book Roadshow: The Fall Of Film Musicals In The 1960's. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Kennedy explains how the these much-loved blockbuster musicals led to bigger expenses, even bigger expectations, and Hollywood putting commercial success over artistic decisions.
This segment originally aired on Feb. 11, 2014.