Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered.
While 'Showboat' was a harbinger of things to come on the Broadway stage, the form of the musical was in flux until Rodgers collaborated with Hammerstein, and 'Oklahoma' rang in the 1940s.
Lynne Warfel continues the celebration of movie musicals, staring with 'Carousel' and then looking at the music from 'Fiddler on the Roof' and others. Also, a tribute to a superstar of many musicals, Judy Garland.
In 1984, I took a grad school student's holiday to London to stay the summer with a friend, trying to see all the West End plays I could from the cheap seats. Before returning home, I went to Normandy to see where my Dad, Norman "Bud" Warfel, served during WWII. It was then the 40th anniversary of D-Day.
Rodgers and Hammerstein were inspired by a Hungarian play about a con artist carousel barker who falls in love with a sweet, innocent local girl. The idea became 'Carousel', a Broadway and cinematic hit.
Lynne Warfel takes a look back at the early days of Broadway, including the start of it all in 1904, up through the Great Depression.
As we stand at the cusp of the month of June, Lynne Warfel celebrates movie musicals. Plus, a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins. It's all on this week's Saturday Cinema.
So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.
A very young Paul Anka, who had a part in this big-budget movie, wrote the theme song.
The late Audrey Hepburn was the paragon of youth, beauty, elegance and romance. We pay tribute to her with music from the comedy-mystery-romance in which Audrey was paired with Cary Grant: <em>Charade</em>.
Nothing hits a sentimental chord in movies like a good mother-child relationship, or even a not-quite-so-good one. This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel features scores from 'Steel Magnolias', 'Forrest Gump', 'Little Women', 'Gypsy' and 'Hamlet'.
In the run-up to Mother's Day, Lynne Warfel offers this heartstring-tugging gem: 'Baby Mine' from the Walt Disney animated classic, 'Dumbo'. Bring your own tissues.
Lynne Warfel's two big loves converge today: horses and films. It's Kentucky Derby Day today, so on Saturday Cinema, Lynne celebrates the music from films featuring cast members of the equine sort.
Based on a play which was based on Michael Morpurgo's children's book, the film 'War Horse' featured original music composed and conducted by John Williams. Lynne Warfel features 'War Horse' on this week's Flicks in Five.
From Sean Connery to Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Peter O'Toole, Robert Redford, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner (who turned 84 on April 7), a sampling of some of their best films and film music is on Saturday Cinema.