PROGRAM DETAILS

The Golden Age of Broadway, Part IV: The Great Lyrics of Dorothy Fields and Sammy Cahn

Instructor
Harvey Granat
Category
Music / Storytelling
WPL02184

Course Description

Dorothy Fields is considered in a class with Mercer, Gershwin, and Hart; the first woman songwriter to win an Academy Award. Her songs are part of our vocabulary like, Pick Yourself Up, Sunny Side of the Street, Don’t Blame Me and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.  Sammy Cahn came from poverty on the Lower East Side and went on to win four Academy Awards: Three Coins In The Fountain, All The Way, High Hopes and Call Me Irresponsible and to be Sinatra’s “go to” songwriter. Granat produced Cahn on Broadway and has fabulous inside stories to tell about Cahn and Sinatra. This program will combine the live performances of many of their great songs along with stories behind the songs and their films and shows. In addition, the audience will see rare video clips of some of the greatest performers of our time. Granat will examine their contrasting styles, partnerships and work habits and how their personal lives affected their lyrics.  



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.