Thursday, 11:50–1:15, May 3
Instructor: Michelle Blandburg
The family ritual of gathering around the television set to watch The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday evenings was an American cultural staple from 1948 to 1971. The musical, vaudeville, and variety show included a wide spectrum of popular entertainment. In this class we will celebrate unforgettable Broadway musical performances from that show by such classic stars as Richard Kiley (The Man of La Mancha), Pearl Bailey (Hello Dolly), Carol Channing (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Gwen Verdon (Sweet Charity), and many others. We will also enjoy behind-the-scenes interviews with songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as Lerner and Lowe. This rare DVD, narrated by legendary Broadway star John Raitt, is a time capsule of TV’s golden age.
Michelle Blandburg is an OLLI Board member and officer, a music and movie lover, and a repeat instructor. She enjoys all things theatrical.