Paley Center Will Offer Screenings of Musical Versions of Our Town and Little Women

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12 Jul 2013

On July 13 and 14 the Paley Center will once again participate in the New York Musical Theatre Festival with a sampler of musicals, including two written specifically for television and a pair of Broadway classics adapted for television.

The July 13 screenings pay tribute to songwriter Richard Adler (1921-2012). The July 14 lineup includes a 1955 star-studded musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, with songs by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. (The Wilder drama Our Town had its world premiere 75 years ago; 2013 also marks the centenaries of both Van Heusen and Cahn.)

Details of the screenings, according to the Paley Center, follow:

July 13: Tribute to Richard Adler

SHEAFFER’S SHOWCASE: LITTLE WOMEN (1958)
CBS; 60 minutes; black-and-white
A television musical based on the classic novel, with original songs by Richard Adler. With Jeannie Carson, Florence Henderson, Zina Bethune, Margaret O’Brien, Bill Hayes, Roland Winters, Joel Grey and Risë Stevens. Directed by William Corrigan, with musical numbers staged by John Butler. Songs include “Love I Mean,” “My Little Women,” “Dance, Why Not?” and “The Four of Us.”
July 13 at 2 PM

NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE: RICHARD ADLER (1992)
North Carolina Public Television; 25 minutes; color
Richard Adler is interviewed about his life and career by University of North Carolina President William Friday.
July 13 at 3 PM

GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER: DAMN YANKEES (1967)
NBC; 120 minutes; color
This television adaptation of the Tony-winning 1955 Broadway hit with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross puts a Pop Art⎼inspired spin on the material. With Phil Silvers, Lee Remick, Jerry Lanning, Jim Backus, Fran Allison, Ray Middleton, Linda Lavin and Bob Dishy. Directed by Kirk Browning, with choreography by Ernie Flatt.
July 13 at 3:30 PM

July 14: Classic Cole Porter Plus a Musical Version of Our Town

ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE: KISS ME, KATE (1968)
ABC; 90 minutes; color
This adaptation of the Cole Porter classic—the final of four lavish Armstrong Circle Theater musical theater offerings (produced by Norman Rosemont and Robert Goulet)— stars Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, and features Jessica Walter, Michael Callan, Russell Nype, Jules Munshin, Marty Ingels, and Bob David Doyle. Directed by Paul Bogart and choreographed by Lee Theodore.
July 14 at 2 PM

PRODUCERS’ SHOWCASE: OUR TOWN (1955)
NBC 80 minutes; black-and-white
Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn wrote the songs for this adaptation (book by David Shaw) of Thornton Wilder’s landmark play, first produced on Broadway 75 years ago. Starring Frank Sinatra, Eva Marie Saint and Paul Newman; with Paul Hartman, Peg Hillias, Ernest Truex, Sylvia Field and Shelley Fabares. Directed by Delbert Mann, with choreography by Valerie Bettis. Songs include “Love and Marriage” and “Look to Your Heart.
July 14 at 3:30 PM

Screenings are free for members and for the general public free with Paley Center admission (suggested donation $10, $8 seniors and students, $5 children under 14). The Paley Center for Media is Located at 25 West 52 Street. For more information call (212) 621-6600 or go to www.paleycenter.org/2013-musicals-on-television.