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Episode 1

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 01 December 2012

In the first of two programmes for a Saturday afternoon, conductor John Wilson presents a personal selection of classics from the golden age of the Broadway musical. HIs main focus is on the "book musical" in which composers and lyricists sought to create an intergrated structure of music, words, dance and drama in the presentation of a story. John begins his journey wiht Jerome Kern's "Showboat" and ends with Stephen Sondheim's self-reflective Broadway show, "Follies", taking in musicals by George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein and Jule Stein on the way.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for George M. Cohan

    George M. Cohan Give My Regards To Broadway

    Performer: Judy Garland - Singer

    BEST BSTCD9110

  • Image for Oscar Hammerstein II

    Oscar Hammerstein II SHOWBOAT - Musical: Overture

    Conductor: John Mcglinn Performer: London Sinfonietta Performer: Ambrosian Chorus

    EMI CDC 749109/11

  • Image for Jerome Kern

    Jerome Kern SHOWBOAT - Musical: Can't Help Loving Dat Man

    Conductor: JOHN MCGLINN - Singer Performer: FREDERICA VON STADE - Singer Performer: Karla BURNS - Contralto Performer: Teresa STRATAS - Soprano Performer: Ambrosian Chorus Performer: London Sinfonietta

    EMI CDC 749109/11

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Lady Be Good - Musical: Fascinating Rhythm

    Conductor: Eric STERN Performer: Ann MORRISON - Singer Performer: JOHN PIZZARELLI - Singer Performer: Lara TEETER - Singer

    ELEKTRA NONESUCH 7559793082

  • Image for Richard Rodgers

    Richard Rodgers On Your Toes - Musical: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

    Conductor: John MAUCERI Performer: 1983 Broadway Cast


  • Image for L Rogers/ L Hart

    L Rogers/ L Hart Pal Joey - Musical: Bewitched

    Performer: 1952 Broadway Production Performer: Jane Froman - Singer

    ANGEL ZDM7646962

  • Image for Irving Berlin

    Irving Berlin Annie Get Your Gun - Musical: I Can Do Anything; I Got The Sun; Finale Act II

    Conductor: John MCGLINN Performer: Kim CRISWELL - Soprano Performer: Thomas HAMPSON - Baritone Performer: Ambrosian Chorus Performer: London Sinfonietta

    EMI CDC 7542062

  • Image for Cole Porter

    Cole Porter Kiss Me, Kate - Musical: So In Love

    Performer: 1948 Broadway Production Performer: Patricia MORISON - Singer

    Columbia CK4140

  • Image for Frederick Loewe

    Frederick Loewe My Fair Lady - Musical/film [1956]: Why Can't the English?; Wouldn't It Be Loverly

    Performer: Julie ANDREWS - Singer Performer: Rex Harrison - Singer

    COLUMBIA SM60539

  • Image for Frederick Loewe

    Frederick Loewe My Fair Lady - Musical/film [1956]: Ascot Gavotte

    Performer: 1959 Production

    COLUMBIA SM60539

  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein West Side Story - Musical in 2 acts: Cool

    Performer: Original Broadway Production


  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein West Side Story - Symphonic Dances

    Conductor: Leonard BERNSTEIN Performer: New York Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Image for Jule Styne

    Jule Styne Gypsy - Musical/film: You Gotta Get A Gimmick; Let Me Entertain You

    Performer: Chotzi Foley - Singer Performer: Faith DANE - Singer Performer: Maria Karnilova - Singer Performer: Sandra CHURCH - Singer


  • Image for Stephen Sondheim

    Stephen Sondheim Follies - Musical: Ah Paree; Broadway Baby

    Performer: Ethel Shutta - Singer Performer: Fifi D'orsay - Singer

    ANGEL ZDM7646662



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