A look at the magic of musical Hollywood, the program "begins with the Busby Berkeley films that lifted the spirits of audiences during the Great Depression, continuing through the patriotic musicals of the 1940s and the collapse of the studio system in the 1950s."
TV watchers can expect to see song and dance numbers from "The Wizard of Oz," "Gigi," "The King and I," "Damn Yankees," "Chicago" and "Singin' in the Rain," among others.
A host of screen legends — including Liza Minnelli, Leslie Caron, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell, Rita Moreno, Pat Boone, Rob Marshall, Bill Condon, Shirley MacLaine, Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, Smokey Robinson, Patti Page, Tab Hunter, George Chakiris, Rhonda Fleming, Betty Garrett, Marge Champion, Joan Leslie, Robert Osborne, Stella Stevens and Gloria Stuart — offer their thoughts about the various films.
The 90-minute "Hollywood Singing and Dancing" will be rebroadcast on WLIW, Channel 21, March 5 at 1 PM.
For more information visit www.wliw.org.