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News York's Free Musical Conversations Series Will Continue in March; Champion Guests
The Golden Age of screen musicals at MGM will be the topic of the upcoming Musical Conversations series, hosted by John Kenrick, the musical theatre lover who created Musicals101.com.

The three evenings, which all begin at 7:30 PM, follow:

March 4: MGM's Freed Unit: The Musical Makers. "MGM Studio was the undisputed artistic and commercial leader of Hollywood's so-called 'Golden Age,' and when it came to musicals, no one could beat the unit headed by songwriter Arthur Freed. This will be a revealing look at the studio that boasted 'more stars than there are in heaven.'"

March 18: The Wizard of Oz: Production #1060. "This now-beloved screen classic was not exactly a blockbuster when it premiered in 1939! But 'Oz' eventually found its audience, and it marked the birth of the Freed Unit, which would create many of the best screen musicals of all time."

April 1: In Person With Marge Champion. "Gifted dancer Marge Champion appeared in such screen musicals as 'Show Boat' and 'Lovely to Look At,' but did you know that she was Walt Disney's model for Walt Disney's 'Snow White' — and the hippo in 'Fantasia'? This legendary talent shares her memories of MGM, the Freed Unit and her life with the late Gower Champion."

All Conversations will take place at the Saint Peter's Theatre, located in Manhattan at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Admission is free; call (212) 935-5824, ext. 21 to make a reservation or e-mail jlandsman@yorktheatre.org.

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