Highlights of the screenings include the 1956 telecast of the musical Bloomer Girl, featuring Tony winner Barbara Cook, and the 1970 television adaptation of the musical George M!, which features Joel Grey and a young Bernadette Peters.
Cook, who is currently playing Feinstein's at Loews Regency, will attend the Oct. 9 at 3 PM screening of the musical and will be interviewed by Bill Rudman. Also in attendance will be Betty Low, who danced the role of the Civil War Widow in both the original Broadway production of Bloomer Girl and the television broadcast.
Details of the "Musicals on Television" series, according to the Paley Center, follow:
Oct. 2 at 1 PM
"Max Liebman Presents: Dearest Enemy"
Television adaptation of the 1925 Rodgers & Hart musical (which includes the hit song "Here in My Arms") about a band of patriotic female colonists who are instrumental in helping to win the American Revolution. Starring Cyril Ritchard, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Anne Jeffreys, and Robert Sterling. (1955; 90 minutes)
Oct. 2 at 3 PM
Television adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical about song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, starring Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Jack Cassidy, Nanette Fabray, Anita Gillette, Blythe Danner, Red Buttons, Lewis J. Stadlen, and Jesse White. (1970; 90 minutes) Oct. 9 at 1 PM
"Max Liebman Presents: Best Foot Forward"
Television adaptation of the 1941 Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane "college musical," set on the campus of Old Winsocki, where the boys prepare for the senior prom and a publicity seeking movie star accepts a student’s proposal to attend the prom as his date. Starring Robert Cummings Marilyn Maxwell, Jeannie Carson, Charlie Applewhite, and Pat Carroll. (1954; 90 minutes)
Oct. 9 at 3 PM
"Producers' Showcase: Bloomer Girl"
Television adaptation of the 1944 Broadway show, set on the eve of the Civil War, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg, book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy, choreography by Agnes de Mille, and starring Barbara Cook, Keith Andes, Carmen Mathews, Rawn Spearman, and Paul Ford (1956; 90 minutes)
The Paley Center for Media is located in Manhattan at 25 West 52nd Street. Tickets are included with General Admission to the Paley Center: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors; $5 for children under 14; free for Paley Center Members.
For reservations for the Oct. 9 Bloomer Girl screening and discussion, go to paleycenter.org or call (212) 621-6800.