988 Fall 2019 Salvaged Songs: Tunes from Broadway Musical Flops
Friday, 1:00–2:30, Oct. 25
Instructor: Daniel B. Moskowitz
Coordinator: Marianne Metz
George Gershwin, Frank Loesser, and Hoagy Carmichael were among the skilled tunesmiths who had Broadway-bound shows that were so far off the mark that they closed out of town—and others that limped to their Manhattan openings and closed within a few days. Yet some shows had songs that survived the wreckage and were added to the repertoires of discriminating performers. We will hear songs from flops by these three composers as well as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Stephen Sondheim, as recorded or included in live appearances by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Harry Belafonte, Benny Goodman, Bobby Short, Renee Fleming, and others. We’ll share our reactions to these songs and discuss why the shows they were in failed.
Prize-winning journalist Daniel B. Moskowitz calls on a lifetime of interest in American musicals to present occasional courses at OLLI.