Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Some Enchanted Evening - reprise"

From General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein. The special featured lots of performers from the R&H hits, including Yul Brynner, Jan Clayton, John Raitt, Patricia Morison, Florence Henderson and Gordon MacRae. Hosted by Groucho Marx. This was at the height of their popularity - a sign of just how popular: this special aired on all four networks, CBS, NBC, ABC and the long forgotten DuMont channel. And you didn't have PBS in the '50s to turn to, so your viewing options were limited. They've included excerpts on the recent 2-disc editions of Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and Carousel. Though it would be fascinating if VAI or Kultur could release the entire evening on DVD. Or perhaps PBS could jump on the wagon and show it.

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