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Hollywood Legends
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Hollywood legends

Hollywood Legends

Hollywood Legends

Greatest Hollywood Legends of Song & Dance & Comedy

Hollywood Legends from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly – Busby Berkeley and beyond – this is a star-studded excursion into the glittery world of song and dance musicals from Hollywood’s  heyday of the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s.


Classic Crooners


Bing Crosby – “Swingin’ on a Star”

Even today, Bing Crosby remains one of the top vocalists of all time.  His meteoric rise to fame and popularity came about during the heyday of radio.  He was a ‘phonogenic crooner’ who possessed the pipes to swoon millions of enthralled listeners.  He suddenly found himself ‘swingin’ on a star’ through a lucky set of circumstances that catapulted him to stardom in Hollywood films, radio broadcasts, records, USO tours and television specials lasting for decades…all of which continue to bolster the legend that is Bing Crosby…

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Maurice Chevalier – The Beloved Boulevardier!

Maurice Chevalier – the beloved boulevardier, the international Frenchman, the troubadour who remains the symbol of all that is romantic, carefree, and debonair.  His life and career is a kaleidoscopic history of some 70 years in show business: the circus, the music halls, the theater, the silent screen, the great Hollywood musicals, television spectaculars, and of course, the one-man show, which he pioneered.

Dick Powell


“Shuffle Off to Buffalo” with the Legendary Dick Powell

“Shuffle Off to Buffalo” with Dick Powell

Frank Sinatra


Frank Sinatra – The Voice Forever

Frank Sinatra – The Voice Forever

Dean Martin


“That’s Amore”! – The Smooth Song Stylings of Dean Martin

“That’s Amore”! – The Smooth Song Stylings of Dean Martin

Gordon MacRae


“By the Light of the Silvery Moon” – The Shining Voice of Gordon MacRae

The Shining Voice of Gordon MacRae

Howard Keel


Howard Keel – Booming Baritone of the Silver Screen

Hollywood’s Booming Baritone – Howard Keel

Perry Como


“Till the End of Time” with Perry Como – America’s Singing Barber

Perry Como – America’s Singing Barber


Famous Comics of the 20th Century


Red Skelton

Red Skelton – America’s King of Laughter

From vaudeville and radio to Hollywood and television, red-haired Red Skelton was truly America’s “King of Laughter”.  This informative and highly-entertaining new program celebrates Red’s long-held reign in the “kingdom of laughter.”  It is at once a heartfelt and loving tribute in story and humor to a comedian and humanitarian of extraordinary talent, whose contribution to the world of laughter and love was, and remains, without equal.

 

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Lucille Ball – The Red-Headed Queen of Comedy & “I Love Lucy” Fame

Lucille Ball – Television’s most recognizable and beloved face – “The Red-Headed Queen of Comedy” – world-famous as the star of “I Love Lucy”

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“On the Road” with the Comic Banter & Singing of Bob Hope & Bing Crosby

Bob Hope & Bing Crosby – “On the Road”

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Danny Kaye – Court Jester of Comedy

Danny Kaye could ‘draw tears of laughter from a glass eye’, or so the legend goes.  Singer, actor, comedian, dancer, writer and all-around entertainer, he was known as the ‘Court Jester of Comedy’ with an inborn talent for mimicry and quick-fire patter second to none!

Abbott & Costello


The World of Abbott & Costello- “Who’s on First?”

“Who’s on First?” – Abbott & Costello

Carol Burnett


Carol Burnett – The Duchess of Prime Time TV Comedy

Carol Burnett – A Celebration of Life and Laughter

Jackie Gleason


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Jackie Gleason – “And Away We Go”…!

Jackie Gleason  ‘And Away We Go’…!

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Jerry Lewis – America’s Clown Prince

With the recent passing of this comic icon, America has lost yet another link to its comedic past.  Yet the legacy of Jerry Lewis lingers, from his hilarious forays into the ‘land of funny’, as the hapless, bungling bag-boy in “The Bellboy” – to his ultra-cool appearance as ‘Buddy Love’ in the original “Nutty Professor” – he could, and indeed he did do it all.  A genius of inspired nuttiness, he kept laughing despite controversy, feuds, and tragedy – and left a legacy as a humanitarian.


The Kings & Queens of Big Band Swing


Benny Goodman

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Benny Goodman – The King of Swing

Benny Goodman – The King of Swing

Dorsey Brothers


The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers – The Battling Brothers of Swing

The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers – The Battling Brothers of Swing

Glenn Miller


“In the Mood” – The Glenn Miller Story

“In the Mood” – The Glenn Miller Story

Andrews Sisters


“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” – A Salute to WWII Swing & The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters are best remembered for entertaining the troops during WWII, exuding the enthusiasm and positive national spirit that drew Americans together during the war.


Classic Song & Dance Performers


Astaire & Rogers

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Dancin’ on Air with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

The famous dancing duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers have come to define style, dance and romance for millions of fans the world over.  Experience a spectacular song and dance-filled celebration sure to make you smile and to set your ‘toes a-tappin’ to the classics that last’…!

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Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby – A Couple of Song & Dance Men

What could be better than Fred and Bing – a couple of song and dance men – especially when set against the backdrop of the music of Irving Berlin.  Bing could surely sing, and Fred could certainly dance, but rarely did they ever do so together, until now…  Based upon the lives of these great talents, this program takes us back to a time of ‘blue skies’ and beautiful melodies.  So shine up your tap shoes and start singing in the shower, and get ready to take the stage with two of the world’s most famous song and dance men.

Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald


America’s Singing Sweethearts – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

America’s Singing Sweethearts – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald – A Love Story in Song

Busby Berkeley


Busby Berkeley – King of the Classic Hollywood Choreographers & Dance Musicals

Busby Berkeley – King of the Classic Hollywood Choreographers & Dance Musicals

Donald O'Connor


Donald O’Connor – The Unsung Prince of Hollywood Song & Dance

Donald O’Connor – The Unsung Prince of Hollywood Song & Dance

Cole Porter


“You’re the Top” – The Cole Porter Story

The music of Cole Porter is synonymous with style, wit, and memorable melodies.  As a resident of Paris, New York, and Hollywood, he was blessed with talent and private means.  He never needed to make money, but he did have an insatiable need to make music – and make it he did!  Preferring to trust in his own powers of imagery, he began with a flair for words and lyrics – then combined them with melodies.  The result was absolutely de-lovely!

Irving Berlin


The Life & Music of Irving Berlin – An American Patriot in Song & Dance

The Life & Music of Irving Berlin –An American Patriot in Song & Dance

Gene Kelly


“Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly

“Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly

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Mario Lanza


The Magnificent Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza, the American operatic tenor and Hollywood movie star, was a success story whose voice was considered by many critics to rival that of the great Caruso. Learn more about his biographical background and operatic talents and achievements in both the world of opera and Hollywood, where he was among the first to bring opera to millions through the medium of film, before meeting his tragic and untimely end at the age of 38. The story of this South Philadelphia hero is indeed one of a meteoric rise in the rarified worlds of opera and Hollywood—a most unusual and unique accomplishment, one that still provides plenty of local color and personality even today.

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“Oklahoma” – The Liveliest Musical of Them All!

“Oklahoma” – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Musical Tale of Wide-Open Skies & Unforgettable Songs!

Rodgers & Hammerstein


“June is Bustin’ Out All Over” – The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”

“June is Bustin’ Out All Over” – The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”

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The Story Behind Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”

The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”

Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland


“Strike Up the Band” – The Musicals of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

“Strike Up the Band” – The Musicals of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

Shirley Temple


Sparkle! – The Story of Shirley Temple – America’s Favorite Child Star

Sparkle! – The Story of Shirley Temple – America’s Favorite Child Star

Doris Day


Doris Day – America’s Singing Sweetheart

As one of the biggest movie and musical recording stars of the post WWII era, Doris Day combined a highly successful career – singing, dancing, and acting her way into America’s hearts.  This program travels back to the end of Hollywood’s so-called ‘Golden Era’ when the stars were as memorable as the movies they made and the songs they sang.  Along the way, discover just what it was that made Doris Day and her time ~ ‘magic’!

Judy Garland


Judy Garland – “Over the Rainbow”

 Judy Garland once said: “I really mean every word of every song I sing.”  And indeed she did!  Hollywood’s very own archetype of the “little girl who grew up too soon” and the subsequent star of more than 40 feature films and singer of numerous songs on the Hit Parade, she remains a Hollywood Legend and the ‘stuff of which dreams are made.’

debbie reynolds


Debbie Reynolds – An All-American Titan of Talent!

Debbie Reynolds – An All-American Titan of Talent!

Shirley Jones


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Shirley Jones – Sweet Nostalgia

Shirley Jones – Sweet Nostalgia

Julie Andrews


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The Sound of Julie Andrews

The Sound of Julie Andrews

June Allyson


The Charming June Allyson

The Charming June Allyson

Rosemary Clooney


Rosemary Clooney – America’s Songbird

Rosemary Clooney – America’s Songbird

Alice Faye


Alice Faye – America’s Star Next Door

Alice Faye – America’s Star Next Door

Frances Langford


Frances Langford – Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts

Frances Langford – Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts

Vera Lynn


“We’ll Meet Again” – Vera Lynn – The Forces Sweetheart

“We’ll Meet Again” – Vera Lynn – The WWII Forces Sweetheart

Ann Miller


Ann ‘Machine-Gun’ Miller – America’s Queen of Tap

Ann ‘Machine-Gun’ Miller – America’s Queen of Tap

Eleanor Powell


Eleanor Powell – Icon of American Tap Dance

Eleanor Powell – Icon of American Tap Dance

Jane Powell


Jane Powell – America’s Bright-Eyed Victory Girl

Jane Powell – America’s Bright-Eyed Victory Girl


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