Program Details

Rodgers and Hart A Celebration of Brilliant Words and Wonderful Music

Harvey Granat
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart painted the landscape of the Broadway musical. Their 20 year partnership brought us great shows like "Pal Joey", "Jumbo", "Babes in Arms" and "Connecticut Yankee"; and songs from their shows including "My Funny Valentine, "My Romance" ,"Falling in Love With Love", "Isn't it Romantic", "Dancing on the Ceiling", "I Didn't Know What Time it Was", "My Heart Stood Still", "With a Song in My Heart" AND "Manhattan". We will look at this unlikely pair; the handsome, confident Rodgers and the troubled Hart whose demons challenged the later years of their work, but who created poetry in words and unforgettable music. Through a combination of live performance,, lecture and rare videos of some of our greatest entertainers, we'll try to capture this unusual partnership which was the forerunner of Rodger's second major pairing with Hammerstein which resulted in an entirely different contribution to Broadway.

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 300 shows. He presents a very popular series on “The American Songbook” at The 92nd St Y in NYC, now in its 9th year. His shows are unique in that they focus on a composer or lyricist, combining the 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. He is a major collector of original letters and manuscripts of some of the greats and there is a "Harvey Granat George and Ira Gershwin Collection" at The Library of Congress