PROGRAM DETAILS

Jule Styne: Make Someone Happy

Instructor
Sheryl Flatow
Category
Music / Movies
W243B

Course Description

In the course of a career that spanned more than six decades, composer Jule Styne wrote over 1,500 songs and had 200 hits. Most of them were written for musicals, first in Hollywood and then on Broadway. A short list includes I Don’t Want to Walk Without You, Time After Time, It’s Magic, I Fall in Love Too Easily, I’ll Walk  Alone, Three Coins in the Fountain, I’ve Heard That Song Before, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, Just in Time, Make Someone Happy, Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses and People. He called himself “the greatest collaborator there is” for two reasons. First, he worked with more than 20 lyricists - most notably Sammy Cahn, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, and Bob Merrill - and was easily adaptable. Second, he believed in the primacy of the vocalist.  “Without the rendition there is no song,” he said. He wrote melodies that made the stars shine that much brighter, including Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, Judy Holliday, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, and Barbra Streisand. Although he initially made a name for himself in motion pictures, he hated the film industry because he had no control over his music. However, his Hollywood success enabled him to get to Broadway, where he triumphed with such shows as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Gypsy, and Funny Girl, among many others. This series will explore Styne’s illustrious career and his colorful, Runyonesque life.

Lectures

  1. The Hollywood Years
  2. Broadway: 1947 - 1958, Including Peter Pan and Bells Are Ringing
  3. Broadway: 1959 - 1961, Focus on Gypsy
  4. Broadway: 1964 - 1993, Focus on Funny Girl

About the Instructor

  • Sheryl Flatow has written about theatre and dance for more than 30 years. She curated major exhibitions in San Francisco on Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, George Balanchine, and several others. She has also conducted public interviews with leading figures in the arts, including Patti LuPone, Sheldon Harnick, Natalia Makarova and Estelle Parsons. In addition, Flatow wrote the CD liner notes for Into the Woods and Jerome Robbins' Broadway.