PROGRAM DETAILS

The Golden Age of Broadway, Part III: Marvin Hamlisch and Harold Arlen

Instructor
Harvey Granat
Category
Music / Storytelling
WPL01273

Course Description

In this program, Granat will explore the musical genius of Marvin Hamlisch and Harold Arlen through live performances of great songs, stories about the songs and their films and shows, together with rare video clips of some of the greatest performers of our time.  Hamlisch, accepted at Julliard at the age of six, went on to be one of the few achieving EGOT status (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony) plus a Pulitzer Prize for A Chorus Line. He composed for over 50 films including Sophie’s Choice and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Arlen, the son of a cantor, took his liturgical training and translated it into a catalog of some of our greatest songs from Blues in the Night to Over The Rainbow and many more. Granat will contrast the two and see how each created an important part of our musical culture.



About the Instructor

  • Harvey Granat leads an exciting life as a performer and music historian. He performs at various supper clubs, resorts and other cultural venues including Lincoln Center, Norton Museum, Feinstein's at the Regency, Metropolitan Room, Birdland and Canyon Ranch, where he has performed more than 250 shows. He presents a very popular series on The American Songbook at The 92nd St Y in NYC, now in its 4th year. His shows are unique in that they focus on a composer or lyricist, combining performance of their songs with fascinating inside stories from their lives. Granat produced four-time Academy Award winner Sammy Cahn on Broadway in the very successful Words and Music. His friendship with Cahn led to his serving on the Board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame with Cahn.

    Musical Director: Gary Lawrence.