Paley Center Celebrates Hammerstein, Welcomes Sondheim In January
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
Marshall McLuhan hailed Jean Shepherd as the “first radio novelist,” but Shep was much more, notably a jazz soloist improvising irreverently on his life and times. Broadcasting on WOR from 1956 to '77, Shepherd enthralled late-night listeners on the east coast his Scheherazade-like tales with tales, all recited with exquisite detail without a script. His intimate and hilarious remembrances were also adapted into stories for Playboy, shows for public television, and the iconic A Christmas Story. One master comedian who follows in his observational tradition, Jerry Seinfeld, will talk about how Shepherd influenced his work with Keith Olbermann. Friends and colleagues will also discuss how Shepherd practically invented talk radio.
Oscar Hammerstein II—Out of My Dreams
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
IN PERSON- Stephen Sondheim, Composer and Lyricist
Ted Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
JoAnn Young, Filmmaker
This compelling and extremely informative documentary profiles the man who changed American musical theater forever, Oscar Hammerstein II, legendary lyricist for over 1,000 songs and librettist for forty-five works. Writer/director/producer JoAnn Young has selected the most exemplary clips from Hammerstein’s iconic musicals, including two film versions of Show Boat; the rarely seen film Lady Be Good; and archival footage of the two original stars of Carousel, Jan Clayton and John Raitt. Young also has conducted new interviews with Stephen Sondheim, who considers Hammerstein as a musical and surrogate father; director/producer Harold Prince; two stars of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Shirley Jones and Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others. This PBS film also considers Hammerstein’s work as a humanitarian and political activist.
After the screening Ted Chapin will examine the legacy of the master lyricist with his master protégé, Stephen Sondheim.
Project Runway All Stars: The Dresses!
On Display in the New York Paley Center for 10 Days Only
January 20 to February 2, 2012
Courtesy of Lifetime, the actual, fabulous creations from eleven of the designers will be on display for fans to see the artistry of the designs for themselves. The designers represented are Kenley Collins, Michael Costello, Gordana Gehlausen, Mondo Guerra, Mila Hermanovski, Kara Janx, April Johnston, Rami Kashou, Austin Scarlett, Jerell Scott, and Anthony Williams.
FREE for Paley Center Members
Included with General Admission.
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