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This is the last offering in
my series presenting
composers and lyricists
who’s works have become
standards in the great
‘AMERICAN SONGBOOK’.
VOLUME 5
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Part 1: (30 min.)
FRANK LOESSER
Gathered around the piano we find Frank’s
widow, Jo Loesser and singers Jack Jones and
Margaret Whiting reminiscing and discussing some
of the songs and Broadway Shows written by Loesser.
Personal anecdotes add greatly to the whole, especially
comments made by Whiting, since she was part of the
music scene and her intimate knowledge of many
Hollywood and Broadway music composers, are most
illuminating.
-What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve- Whiting
-I’ve Never Been In Love Before- Jones
-They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old- Whiting
-I’ll Know – Luck Be A Lady- Jones
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Part 2: (40 min)
JEROME KERN
In a same setting with GEORGE SHEARING at the
piano, we find Kern’s godson James Hammerstein, son of
Oscar Hammerstein, along with Margaret Whiting and
Jack Jones offer this
tribute to the musical giant.
-In Love In Vain / I’m Old Fashioned /
-The Folks Who Live On the Hill- Whiting
-I’ve Never Been In Love Before- Jones
-All the Things You are – Shearing.
Kerns classic ‘SHOWBOAT’ was revived in 1994 and joining
the program are REBECCA LUKER, MICHAEL BELL
and MARK JAKOBY from the Toronto pre-Broadway cast.
JEFFREY HUARD is on piano.
Their comments too, are most informative.
-Make Believe / Old Man River
-All join in for Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine
SPECIAL BONUS; Michael Bell from stage of the
Kennedy Center repeats OLD MAN RIVER.
(Forgive a few mini-tid-bit-seconds of commercials along the way).
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Part 3: (30 min)
RODGERS and HAMMERSTEIN
James Hammerstein contributes his observations.
GEORGE SHEARING, again at the piano first accompanies
FLORENCE HENDERSON. She sings:
-Something Wonderful / My Favorite Things
A later segment has Eric Stearn’s keyboard backing
stars of the 1994 Broadway revival of ‘CAROUSEL’
They include AUDRA McDONALD, EDDIE KORBIK.
FLORENCE HENDERSON also joins them.
Songs performed are:
-Mr Snow / When the Children Are Asleep /
-June Is Bustin’ Out All Over / If I Loved You /
-People Will Say We’re In Love /..Never Walk Alone
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Track 4 (50 min.)
‘A RICHARD RODGERS GALA’
From The Kennedy Center – 2002- (50 min)
This extraordinary celebration features luminaries
from the Broadway and Operatic stages . The host (and
performer) for the evening is SHIRLEY JONES. She recalls
her earlier meetings with Richard Rodgers and their long
musical association throughout her career. Many film clips from
original Broadway and Hollywood movie productions are
included to inform and illustrate past glories.
Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Programme highlights:
-If I Loved You- Shirley Jones/John Raitt *
-People Will Say We’re In Love- Shirley Jones
-This Nearly Was Mine- Rita Moreno
-Hello Young Lovers / We Kiss In A Shadow /
-Shall We Dance- Sylvia McNair
-My Funny Valentine- Kristin Chenoweth
with violin obligato by Joshua Bell
-‘Victory At Sea’ Suite- Orchestra
-I Have Confidence In Me- Audra McDonald
-Some Enchanted Evening- Samuel Ramey
-Oklahoma- Shirley Jones, Howard Keel and the
entire cast listed above.
(* sound but no picture first 40 seconds intro)
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(
Picture quality 8.5 to 9 of 10 )
Total DVD playing time is 150
minutes
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see other 'American Song Book Volumes below:
See VOL. 1 at
http://www.ioffer.com/i/158695331

(for
Sammy Cahn - Harry Warren and the Gershwins )
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