Entitled "Boston Pops Classics," the concert is scheduled to air in the metropolitan area on July 29 (WLIW 21 at 8 PM ET) and Aug. 21 (WNET 13 at 8 PM ET); check local listings. The hour-long program will also include noted pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who will join conductor Keith Lockhart for Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G"; the program concludes with a spirited rendition of "Can-Can" from Offenbach's Orpheus Descending that was choreographed by Jonathan Cerullo, a former Broadway dancer who appeared in Cats, Legs Diamond and Sweet Charity. Cerullo, who will choreograph the upcoming Big Apple Circus show Carnivale, told Playbill On-Line, "I was asked by the producer Susie Dangle and William Cosell, both involved with the Jerry Herman ["Evening at Pops"] special, to choreograph Orpheus Descending by Offenbach, most recognizable and often referred to as the "Can-Can." As choreographer of the upcoming season for the Big Apple Circus, I added a twist to this classic dance by incorporating this circus's most beloved clown, Grandma.
"My take on all this was in keeping with the classic 'I Love Lucy' sketch where Lucy desperately wants to join in the show and, of course, things run amuck when she does. Both my dancers, Eileen Grace and Carol Schuberg; circus artist, Barry Lubin, a.k.a. Grandma; and I were honored to be part of this great institution." Both Grace and Schuberg have danced on Broadway; the former in The Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street and My One and Only and the latter in Meet Me in St. Louis.
For more information about "Evening at Pops," visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/pops.