PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Once Upon a Time in New York City Songwriters Pick Songs that Define "City Livin'"

By Michael Gioia
19 Nov 2013

Sammy Buck: "On Broadway" (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller). This song, especially as the opening of the 1979 movie "All That Jazz," is the reason I wanted to go into theatre, which was what New York represented to me as a kid traveling from Houston, TX. This clip also happens to be the only part of the movie my mom let me watch when I was 11, given how "adult" the rest of it was. Luckily, it was 1981 and we had cable before there were parental controls, so I binge-watched and became obsessed with the movie and knew that this world would be in my future… Except the whole open-heart surgery and dying part.