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'.
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.
While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Bond. James Bond.
Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month.
What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.
This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The playlist includes works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.