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|9/28||“Swing’s the Thing”
Put on your zoot suit and your reet pleat because the hour celebrates the huge impact of the Big Band Era on Broadway and Hollywood musicals.
From “Godspell” to “Fiddler on the Roof,” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” to “Purlie,” the musical theater has explored our spirituality with astonishing eloquence.
|10/12||“One Man’s Vision”
The 1947 musical comedy “Finian’s Rainbow” is synonymous with Yip Harburg, who conceived it, wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the script. Harburg’s son, Ernie, tells us what makes it a classic.
Twelve characters learn something important—whether it’s how to speak proper English, how to prepare for fatherhood, or how to face the end of a love affair.
That means Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Al Jolson and Liza Minnelli, among others … all of them letting loose with songs about the pure pleasure of vocalizing.
|11/2||“Singing a Rainbow”
Songs to attract both our ears and our eyes, and we’ll paint our canvas with everything from “Blue Skies” to “Color and Light” to “Pink Elephants on Parade.”
|11/9||“Spotlight on Sylvia McNair”
In the early 1990s, the great classically trained soprano decided what she loved most was not opera, but the Great American Songbook. Here’s the proof.
|11/16||“Happily Ever After”
Musical fairy tales from stage, screen and television, performed by stars ranging from Mary Martin to Carol Burnett, from Angela Lansbury to Liza Minnelli.
We have 11 of them waiting in the wings … three generations from Ed Wynn to Nathan Lane and including Phil Silvers, Bob Hope and Martin Short.
|11/30||“Prime Real Estate”
We’ll give our regards to Broadway, vacation on Bali H’ai, check out a little bungalow in Quogue … you get the picture.
|12/7||“A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 1)”
This three-part interview show spotlights a great Broadway and Hollywood songwriter; in part one we focus on his Broadway breakthrough with “Best Foot Forward” and the iconic songs for MGM’s “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
|12/14||“A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 2)”
In this episode Martin reflects on his Broadway musical “Make a Wish,” London’s “Love from Judy” and his work with Judy Garland at the Palace.
|12/21||“A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 3)”
The final installment of our salute to a master songwriter, featuring Tammy Grimes and Bea Lillie in “High Spirits,” the stage version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” and lots more.
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