"A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals," With Kim Criswell Singing Judy Garland Songs, to Premiere on PBS

News   "A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals," With Kim Criswell Singing Judy Garland Songs, to Premiere on PBS Kim Criswell will perform the songs of Judy Garland during "A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals," which will begin premiering on PBS stations nationwide Aug. 4.

Kim Criswell is the hostess-with-the-mostes' in Goodspeed's Call Me Madam
Kim Criswell is the hostess-with-the-mostes' in Goodspeed's Call Me Madam Photo by Diane Sobolewski

"A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals" was filmed live at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2009. It features Criswell (Nine, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Annie Get Your Gun) along with baritone Sir Thomas Allen, soprano Sarah Fox, jazz vocalist Curtis Stiegers and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

Accompanied by John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, the evening celebrates over 75 years of MGM film musicals including "The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "High Society," "An American in Paris," "Gigi" and "Singin' in the Rain."

The program for the concert follows:
"MGM Overture" (written for MGM's 30th anniversary)
"The Trolley Song" (from "Meet Me in St. Louis") - Criswell
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (from "The Wizard of Oz") - Criswell
"Steppin' Out With My Baby" (from "Easter Parade") - Stiegers
"Wonderful, Wonderful Day" (from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") – Fox
"Stranger in Paradise" (from "Kismet") – Allen/Fox
"Gigi" (from "Gigi") - Allen
"Get Happy" (from "Summer Stock") - Criswell
"Our Love is Here to Stay" (from "An American in Paris") - Stiegers
"You’re Sensational" (from "High Society") - MacFarlane
"Singin' in the Rain" (from "Singin' in the Rain") - MacFarlane
"That’s Entertainment" (from "The Band Wagon") – Ensemble

"A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals" will premiere on Southern Californa PBS stations Aug. 4, followed by New York area's WNET/Thirteen on Aug. 18. Check local listings.

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