By Adam Hetrick
05 Apr 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The three-episode series premieres with "Show Tunes" April 5 at 9 PM. Sondheim, Lansbury and Ebersole are featured in the episode about great American musicals.
According to PBS, "Sondheim reveals the composers he most admires and shows Feinstein some rare home movie footage of the original Broadway production of the classic Follies. Tony Award-winner Ebersole gives a tour de force performance of some of the greatest show tunes of all time, and Lansbury reflects on her Broadway career, from Mame to Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. (Feinstein has a surprise for Angela.) Feinstein discusses his personal relationship with Ira Gershwin (also the topic of his recent book) and performs the classic 'Lullaby of Broadway,' 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'No One Is Alone.'"
Later in the evening, at 10 PM PBS airs "Let's Dance," celebrating Fred Astaire, who was beloved by such writers as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. Minnelli will join Feinstein for the episode.
"On the Air," celebrating the golden age of radio, will be broadcast April 12 at 10 PM.
According to PBS, "Feinstein traces the phenomenon with archival clips of Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, Kate Smith and many others. He visits with TV and stage star Rose Marie (best known as Sally Rogers on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show') and learns about her career as a highly paid child radio star named 'Baby' Rose Marie. On his own syndicated public radio program, Feinstein showcases the virtuoso talents of classical superstars, including violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk, who perform together and discuss intersections of classical and popular music. This episode includes visits to collectors of vintage radios and radio programs. Finally, he discovers a lost radio program that featured Rosemary Clooney, and recalls his own memorable duet with her."
Check local PBS listings. The series is also available for purchase on DVD at PBS.org. The DVD packaging includes over 90 minutes of bonus material.