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This Week on Broadway for August 29, 2021: Dominic McHugh, Author and Professor in Musicology

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Dominic McHugh, Author and Professor in Musicology. Michael and Peter discuss Rick McKay’s Broadway Beyond The Golden Age.


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Peter Filichia | peter@broadwayradio.com | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | michael@broadwayradio.com | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of CastAlbumReviews.com. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.

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Guest: Dominic McHugh, Author and Professor in Musicology

The Big Parade, Meredith Willson’s Musicals from The Music Man to 1491 by Dominic McHugh

1491 (Musical)

Meredith Willson (Wikipedia)

The Big Parade – Dominic McHugh – Oxford University Press

Dominic McHugh is Professor of Musicology at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely on the Broadway and Hollywood musicals, including six previous books, and has collaborated with many of the world’s leading arts organisations, ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Library of Congress.

Professor Dominic McHugh
BMus (Hons), MMus, PhD, DipABRSM, FHEA

Department of Music

I am Professor in Musicology with a particular research interest in the Broadway, West End and Hollywood musical.

This is reflected in my books, including Loverly: The Life and Times of ‘My Fair Lady’ (OUP, 2012); Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist’s Letters (OUP, 2014); The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner (co-edited with Amy Asch; OUP, 2018); and The Letters of Cole Porter (with Cliff Eisen; Yale, 2019. I have also co-edited Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond (OUP, 2018) and edited The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations (OUP, 2019).

My work has also appeared in various edited collections and journals, including Journal of the American Musicological Society and The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. I am also Reviews Editor of Studies in Musical Theatre and am co-editor of a special issue of the journal, focusing on Stephen Sondheim (published 2019). I am Series Editor of Oxford’s Guides to Film Musicals and a member of the Advisory Board of OUP’s Broadway Legacies series.

Since 2013, I have curated a landmark series of concert productions of Broadway musicals, performed by students of the University of Sheffield. These have included UK and world premieres of songs and scores by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Bernstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jule Styne. I have brought my passion for the American musical to the public in a number of prestigious venues and settings, including appearances at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI and the Sydney Opera House. My TV and radio appearances include BBC TV and radio and I convened international conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

I am external examiner for undergraduate programmes at Kent (2016-19) and Chester (2018-22) and postgraduate programmes at Leeds (2017-2021) and have been an external examiner for research degrees at York and KCL.

Born in Lancashire, I was educated at King’s College London, where I took the BMus (winning the Purcell Prize), MMus and a PhD on My Fair Lady, the latter two programmes with AHRC funding. I also studied the piano at the Royal Academy of Music, and taught several modules at King’s before my appointment at Sheffield in 2011.

Anthony Janicki:
Meredith Willson in the early 1940’s composed the underscore for two highly praised motion pictures, THE GREAT DICTATOR and THE LITTLE FOXES. Both films were nominated for Best Picture. Willson received Oscar nominations for both of his scores. IMO Willson’s score for THE LITTLE FOXES is superb. Unfortunately the original musical elements, i.e., the soundtracks, were not preserved and (apparently) no longer exist.


Michael & Peter: Broadway Beyond The Golden Age, Written, directed and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age
Explore the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by the Broadway stars who lived through it. Written, directed and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, the new documentary is the long-awaited sequel to McKay’s award-winning 2003 film “Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There.”

Great Performances – Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age explores the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by a diverse cast of Broadway stars who lived through it, creating a first-hand archive of personal backstage stories and memories. Written, directed and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, the new documentary is the long-awaited sequel to McKay’s award-winning 2003 film Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There. This follow-up to McKay’s acclaimed oral history of Broadway continues the saga into the 60s and 70s, spotlighting beloved classic Broadway shows including “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Pippin,” “A Chorus Line,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Chicago” and “42nd Street.” Particular focus is placed on famed directors and choreographers Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, George Abbott and Michael Bennett with anecdotes from 1959’s “Once Upon A Mattress” through 1983 when “A Chorus Line” became the longest-running show in Broadway history. Featuring a galaxy of stars including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and many more, the film also includes rare archival photos and never-before-seen footage both onstage and off.

From PBS. Read more here
42nd STREET opening night announcement (1980, Broadway)

Michael: Michael Feinstein: Summertime Swing! @ Feinstein’s/54 Below, through September 6, 2021

Michael: Merry Wives @ The Delacorte Theater, through September 18, 2021


Peter’s Trivia Section


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Entr’Acte: Intermission is Over T-Shirt by Robb Johnston! (portion of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt be donated to BCEFA or The Actor’s Fund.)

On Monday, 8/30, in advance of six musicals reopening Broadway, we will be announcing the launch of THIS IS BROADWAY, a historic industry-wide campaign to welcome theater lovers back to Times Square following the industry’s 18-month shut down.

The centerpiece of this effort is a two and half minute anthem film with a voiceover by Oprah Winfrey that spotlights the excitement and vitality of Broadway. The film is comprised of 99 shows, 735 actors (and one dog!) and features stars including Hugh Jackman, Bruce Springsteen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Billy Porter, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman, James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington, to name a few. It’s the first time all of Broadway’s archival footage was made available to the industry through a joint commitment from the key Labor Unions.

https://thisisbroadway.org/

Coming Soon:

Explicit: No

Music:

Opening: MOLLY BROWN Overture

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Closing: My White Knight

Other Music: The Lounge from www.bensound.com

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