The Golden Age of Broadway, Part II

Harvey Granat
Drama / Music

Course Description

This series takes an in-depth look at the careers of Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Yip Harburg through their songs, shows and inside stories about them. Rodgers had two extraordinary partnerships, each of which had a distinct voice. With Hart came Pal Joey, Babes in Arms and many more. With Hammerstein from Oklahoma! and Carousel  to The Sound Of Music. Sondheim challenged us to think about our lives in Company and Follies and Yip Harburg took us on trips of fancy from The Wizard Of Oz to Finian's Rainbow. Each program will feature live performances of many iconic songs along with rare videos of other performers. Together these composers changed our musical culture and left us with an unforgettable legacy.


1. Rodgers and Hart: Rodger's first partnership, the early struggles and the great successes.
2. Rodgers and Hammerstein: From Oklahoma! to The Sound Of Music, changing the musical landscape.
3. Stephen Sondheim guided by Hammerstein to a brilliant career.
4. Yip Harburg: From The Wizard Of Oz to Finian's Rainbow.

About the Instructor

  • Harvey Granat is a performer and historian of The American Songbook. He currently presents a very popular series on American popular music at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. He has taught History of the American Popular Song at several major universities. He appears regularly, since 2011, at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA. He has made multiple appearances at Feinstein's at the Regency, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room and a recent special show at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Sinatra Centennial. He produced four-time Academy Award winning songwriter, Sammy Cahn on Broadway and served with him on the board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has amassed and will make reference to a major collection of original letters and manuscripts of some of America's greatest composers.

    Gary Lawrence - Musical Director for the series.