Paley Center to Screen Musicals on TV, Featuring Merman and Kert, Sept. 29-30

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The Paley Center for Media – formerly the Museum of Television & Radio — will offer "Musicals on Television" Sept. 29-30. The two-day event is presented in conjunction with the New York Theatre Festival.

The sampling of musicals adapted for television includes salutes to Ethel Merman, whose centenary will be recognized in 2008; and West Side Story, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

The line-up of screenings follows:

Sept. 29
12:30 PM: "West Side Story at 50"
Includes the "Balcony Scene" with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert as seen on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; a 1958 episode of "Look Up and Live," with director/choreographer Jerome Robbins and cast members; and a 1961 episode of "American Musical Theatre" with Stephen Sondheim. (90 minutes)

2 PM: "The Best of Broadway: Panama Hattie"
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva (television adaptation by Herbert Baker and supervised by Jule Styne). With Ethel Merman, Art Carney, Ray Middleton, Jack E. Leonard, Janis Carter, Neil Hamilton and Karin Wolfe. (1954; 60 minutes)

3 PM: Applause
Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. With Lauren Bacall, Larry Hagman, Penny Fuller, Sarah Marshall, Robert Mandan, Harvey Evans and Rod McLennan. (1973; 105 minutes) Sept. 30
3 PM: "Hallmark Hall of Fame: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Music, lyrics, and book by Clark Gesner, based on the Charles Schulz comic strip. With Barry Livingston, Wendell Burton, Ruby Persson, Mark Montgomery, Noelle Matlovsky and Bill Hinnant. (1973; 80 minutes)

4:45 PM: "Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Fantasticks"
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. With Ricardo Montalban, Stanley Holloway, Bert Lahr, Susan Watson and John Davidson (1964; 50 minutes)

The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Film tickets free with Paley Center admission; suggested donation is $10; seniors and students $8; children under 14, $5.

Ethel Merman in <i>Panama Hattie</i>.
Ethel Merman in Panama Hattie.
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