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WE REMEMBER HIM WELL! | Performing Arts Show 1
The Life & Songs of Alan Jay Lerner
Production Dates: October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2015
Few artists lead lives as colorful and dramatic as the works they create, but Alan Jay Lerner was an exception! A brilliant lyricist, he taught a Professor of Phonetics named Henry Higgins how to sing in MY FAIR LADY! He brought the Court of King Arthur back to life in CAMELOT. And he brought a modern psychiatrist face-to-face with a girl who had lived 300 years before in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER. In this Concert Tribute, we celebrate a career that spanned four decades, during which Lerner collaborated with some of America’s finest composers (including Kurt Weill, Frederick Loewe and Burton Lane), created vehicles for such stars as Fred Astaire (ROYAL WEDDING), Maurice Chevalier (GIGI) and Katharine Hepburn (COCO) and earned three Academy Awards (including one for writing the screenplay for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS).
SOMETHING WONDERFUL! | Performing Arts Show 2
The Songs of Oscar Hammerstein
Production Dates: December 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2015
In a career that spanned almost 40 years, no single writer did more to advance and define the American Musical than Oscar Hammerstein. Beginning as a lyricist for such Golden Age composers as Sigmund Romberg (THE DESERT SONG) and Rudolf Friml (ROSE-MARIE), he later teamed with Jerome Kern to write the first great Musical Drama: SHOWBOAT. And then in 1943, he teamed with Richard Rodgers to form the most successful songwriting team in Broadway history. Their musicals – from OKLAHOMA and CAROUSEL to SOUTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC – remain the crowning glories of the American Musical Theatre. His songs include, “The Indian Love Call,” “Old Man River,” “All the Things You Are,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I Have Dreamed,” and “Climb Every Mountain.”
WHAT I DID FOR LOVE! | Performing Arts Show 3
The Music of Marvin Hamlisch
Production Dates: Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2016
Most people know Marvin Hamlisch as the composer of such popular Hollywood film themes as the title song for THE WAY WE WERE, “The Entertainer” (from THE STING), “Through the Eyes of Love” (from ICE CASTLES) and “Nobody Does it Better” (from the James Bond film, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME). But when he wrote for Broadway, he succeeded spectacularly with his score for the 1975 record-breaking hit, A CHORUS LINE. Later, he joined forces twice with Neil Simon to write the musicals THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG and THE GOODBYE GIRL. It is notable that there are only two people who have won every major prize in the entertainment industry: the Emmy, the Grammy, the Tony Award, the Oscar, and the Pulitzer Prize. They are Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU! | Performing Arts Show 4
Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway!
Production Dates: April 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016
When we think of Broadway’s great Leading Ladies, we invariably think of Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. But every decade or so, a certain British star would light up The Great White Way and set a completely new standard for what female characters could do in a musical play. George and Ira Gershwin first saw Gertrude Lawrence in 1924 and immediately wrote a show for her called OH, KAY! in which she introduced the Gershwin masterpiece “Someone to Watch Over Me.” During the next four decades, the Gershwin’s, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Rodgers and Hammerstein all wrote significant scores for her (including LADY IN THE DARK and THE KING AND I) in which she introduced songs like “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “My Ship,” “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Someday I’ll Find You.”
I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE! | Performing Arts Show 5
Broadway’s Most Popular Jukebox Musicals
Production Dates: May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 2016
When a revue of Fats Waller songs called AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ opened on Broadway in 1978, some critics complained that it was deceptive to call such a show a “Broadway Musical” since it didn’t sport a book or any original songs. They complained that it was just an old-fashioned revue masquerading as a Broadway show and dismissed it as a “Jukebox Musical.” But audiences loved AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ and it was soon followed by a succession of revues featuring the songs of other songwriters, from Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer to rock-’n-roll legends like Leiber and Stoller. Today “Jukebox Musicals” are not only respected, they are among the most popular shows on Broadway, from THE JERSEY BOYS and MAMMA MIA! to BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL. In this program, Broadway celebrates the “Hit Parade!”