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|6/13||“Tony Award Winners of the 1950s” They’re all here: South Pacific, Guys & Dolls and The King and I for starters, and that’s just the first three years! Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Rex Harrison and Gwen Verdon … Golden Age, here we come!||FP16:25|
|6/20||“The Testosterone Brigade”
A gallery of macho guys in musicals, and we’ll go all the way from The Vagabond King (1925) to Hamilton 90 years later.
|6/27||“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
A mini-travelogue! We’re on our way to Paris, London, Venice, Bangkok—even Siberia. All on the wings of songs from musicals.
Charlie Brown, Little Orphan Annie, Popeye, Li’l Abner, the Doonesbury gang and more jump out of the funny pages and into stage and screen musicals.
|7/11||“To Your Health!”
75 years of songs about health and fitness with Robert Preston, Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand and lots more.
We revisit the days when lots of Broadway and Hollywood songwriters actually became household names, such as Gershwin, Porter, Lerner, Rodgers and Hammerstein (and Hart).
Some very interesting characters who are meeting for the first time: Nellie Forbush and Emile DeBeque, Tony and Maria—even Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom!
|8/1||“Isn’t That Ironic?”
Songs that mean something quite different from what they seem to be saying, from “Cabaret” to “Always True to You in My Fashion.”
|8/8||“Playing with Words”
Some dazzling lyrics by the great Ira Gershwin and his equally brilliant boyhood chum Yip Harburg, with performers including Judy Garland, Bobby Short and Groucho Marx.
Some big moments for characters whose lives change before our eyes, including Eliza Doolittle, Dulcinea and Captain Von Trapp.
|8/22||“Martin Charnin’s 11 Best List”
A delightful session with the lyricist of Annie, and recorded with a live audience. We aimed for a “10 Best” list, but had to stretch it to 11!
Those last few minutes in a musical theater are designed to send us out into the street on a real high—ranging from Porgy and Bess to Rent.
Nearly 70 years worth of Broadway and Hollywood’s most dynamic young performers: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (naturally!), Shirley Temple, Ron Howard (when he was Ronnie), Marissa Jaret Winokur and more.
|“Making a Splash” Sensational performers in the shows that made Broadway take notice … lots of ’em, from Helen Morgan in Show Boat to Audra McDonald in Carousel.
“Down with Love” Have you, by any chance, recently gone through a breakup? If so, you’ll meet some kindred spirits in this hour. They’re all asking, “Who needs it?”
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