Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli & More Set for FEINSTEIN'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK on PBS; Season Premiere 4/5
"On the Air" - Friday, April 12 at 10 pm - Today, "American Idol" is the country's biggest music star-maker, but decades ago, the Golden Age of Radio fulfilled the idol-making role in the U.S. Feinstein traces the phenomenon with archival clips of Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, Kate Smith and many others. He visits with TV and stage star Rose Marie (best known as "Sally Rogers" on "The Dick Van Dyke Show") and learns about her career as a highly paid child radio star named "Baby" Rose Marie. On his own syndicated public radio program, Feinstein showcases the virtuoso talents of classical superstars, including violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk, who perform together and discuss intersections of classical and popular music. This episode includes visits to collectors of vintage radios and radio programs. Finally, he discovers a lost radio program that featured Rosemary Clooney, and recalls his own memorable duet with her.
Michael Feinstein'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK is part of the ongoing, multi-platform "PBS Arts" initiative, which highlights PBS' commitment to the performing and visual arts, and gives millions of viewers a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the best music, theater, dance, art and cultural history programs on-air and online. For more information: www.pbs.org/arts.
The Season 3 DVD set of Michael Feinstein'S AMERICAN SONGBOOK is available at shopPBS.org or 1-800-Play-PBS. The set includes three one-hour episodes and more than 90 minutes of bonus material.
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