More than a dozen great stars of the MGM musicals of yesteryear will appear at NYC's Carnegie Hall, July 15-16, in a celebration concert sponsored by Turner Entertainment and Turner Classic Movies. Titled "Carnegie Hall Celebrates The Glorious MGM Musicals," the evening will feature film clips, along with songs and anecdotes. Hosted by Michael Feinstein and Roddy McDowall, the event will feature appearances by Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden & Adolph Green (The Will Rogers Follies, On The Town), Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Grayson, Skitch Henderson, Celeste Holm, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Ann Miller (Sugar Babies), Donald O'Connor (Show Boat), Mickey Rooney and cabaret legend Julie Wilson. Larry Blank serves as musical director.
Garrett will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra; Charisse will present a salute to MGM dancers; Rooney will tell of his days with Judy Garland, Miller will talk about the making of On The Town, and DeHaven will sing "Who's Sorry Now." Also singing will be Holm, Grayson, Martin and Feinstein. Guest vocalists will include Stan Chandler, David Engel, Steven Freeman and Larry Raben.
Murray Horwitz directs the event (part of Carnegie Hall's "American Popular Song Celebration" series), which is scripted by John L. Miller.
For tickets ($18-$100) and information on the show, which is produced by John Schreiber and Allen Sviridoff, call (212) 247-7800. The event coincides with screenings of classic musicals on Turner Network Television on the same dates, including Lili (with Caron), High Society (with Holm), and Kiss Me Kate (with Grayson and Miller).
--By David Lefkowitz