Following the successful "A Walk Down 42nd Street," David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis are taking "A Walk Up Broadway" -- indulging in some theatre lore along the way -- in a Thirteen/WNET special airing 8 PM March 10 on Channel 13 in the New York City area. The "video walking tour" traces the famed 17-mile street in Manhattan from the southernmost tip of the island through Times Square to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and up to the northern tip, to the Harlem River.
The special describes how the theatre district inched north over the years, and includes a visit to the palatial Loews Wonder Theatre at 175th Street, a movie palace that's now United Church of Reverend Ike.
The 75-minute "A Walk Up Broadway" will be rebroadcast 1:30 PM March 11 and 8 PM March 21. Although PBS affiliates around the country have access to the program, it is not being broadcast nationally.
The previous "A Walk Down 42nd Street" with onetime "Good Morning America" host Hartman, explored the revitalized (and still-seedy in pockets) 42nd Street, from the east side of Manhattan to the west.
A home video version of "A Walk Down 42nd Street" is available through WNET Video for $19.95. Call (800) 336-1917.
-- By Kenneth Jones