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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Previous Broadcasts

Let's Dance (Episode #302H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 7:00 PM

Fred Astaire was the favorite singer of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Why was this dancer so beloved by these composers? That question launches Feinstein into an exploration of the marriage of music and choreography, unearthing rare home movies of Astaire rehearsing on set, and never-before-seen footage of Gene Kelly's Broadway debut in the original Pal Joey. Liza Minnelli, who knew both Astaire and Kelly, dispatches an amazing deconstruction of a dance number from the musical perspective. Feinstein explores the popularity of ballroom dance in America and performs "Singin' in the Rain" and "Let's Dance."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Show Tunes (Episode #301H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 7:00 PM

Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole appear in this episode about great American musicals. Sondheim reveals the composers he most admires and shows Feinstein some rare home movie footage of the original Broadway production of the classic Follies. Tony Award-winner Ebersole gives a tour de force performance of some of the greatest show tunes of all time, and Lansbury reflects on her Broadway career, from Mame to Sweeney Todd and more. (Michael also has a surprise for Angela.) Feinstein discusses his personal relationship with Ira Gershwin and performs the classic "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Let Me Entertain You."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 8, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
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