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We take a listen to 18 performers as they become instant stars on the big screen … and the sensational debuts include Streisand, Astaire, Garland, and even Elvis Presley.
One of those themes that touches us all sooner or later, in musicals ranging from “Babes in Arms” to “Spring Awakening.”
|9/21||“Anything You Can Do”
If you are competitive by nature, this hour’s for you! Thirteen “challenge duets,” in which two characters try to top each other as we cheer them on.
|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.
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