"American Musical Theatre: Beverly Sills and Douglas Moore"
A long-lost 1962 WCBS television program featuring Douglas Moore (1893-1969), composer of the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Sills, who played Baby Doe Tabor in the legendary 1958 New York City Opera production of the work. Highlights include Sills' rendition of the "Willow Song" from Baby Doe and "When All is Still and Fair" from another Moore opera, Wings of the Dove. The host of the program is Earl Wrightson. (1962; 45 minutes)
Screening from July 5-15.
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 3 PM; Thursday at 6 PM "Sills and Burnett at the Met"
The much-heralded musical special, taped at New York's Metropolitan Opera House and featuring Sills and her good friend, comedienne Carol Burnett. The program opens with a dialogue between Burnett and Sills, who then sing "Only an Octave Apart." Other highlights include Burnett and Sills in an audition sketch, Sills performing "O luce di quest'anima" from Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix, and the two women singing a medley of torch songs paired with arias that also express the blues. Directed by Dave Powers. (1976, 60 minutes)
Screening from July 17-29.
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 3 PM; Thursday at 6 PM
These programs are being screened only at the Paley Center's New York branch (25 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, between 5th and 6th Avenues). The suggested donation is $10 ($8 for students and seniors, $5 for children under 14). Patrons of the Center's Los Angeles branch may view the programs at any time in the center's library.
More information is available at www.paleycenter.org.