The second of a two-part tribute to composer Richard Rodgers will be broadcast on WNET/Thirteen on Aug. 1.
Part of the Boston Pops Orchestra's acclaimed "Evening at Pops" series, the hour-long program will include performances from such Broadway personalities as Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Mary Testa, Lillias White, Douglas Sills and Ron Raines as well as the world premiere of new choreography to On Your Toes' "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" by Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group. The work was originally choreographed by the late George Balanchine. Keith Lockhart conducts.
The complete program for the evening, which spotlights Rodgers' collaborations with Lorenz Hart, follows:
Richard Rodgers Waltzes (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
"Sing for Your Supper" (Rebecca Luker, Audra McDonald, Mary Testa)
"I Married an Angel" (Douglas Sills)
"Manhattan" (Lillias White)
"Thou Swell" (Rebecca Luker and Douglas Sills)
"Johnny One Note" (Mary Testa)
"Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (The Mark Morris Dance Troupe)
"I Wish I Were in Love Again" (Audra McDonald, Keith Lockhart, David Krane)
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (Ron Raines)
"Blue Moon" (Lillias White)
"To Keep My Love Alive" (Mary Testa)
"I'll Tell the Man in the Street" (Rebecca Luker)
"Isn't It Romantic?" (Ron Raines)
"Spring is Here" (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
"With a Song in My Heart" (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
During his lifetime, Richard Rodgers penned over 900 songs. His partnerships with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. His works with Hart included On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, and the Rodgers-Hammerstein collaboration spawned Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. The hit revival of Oklahoma! currently plays Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, and Flower Drum Song returns to The Great White Way this fall. "Evening at Pops" will air in the New York area on WNET/Thirteen at 8 PM. Check local listings.
—By Andrew Gans