A tribute to Sheldon Harnick and more nostalgic finds from Broadway Babe.
June 24, 2023: Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller pays tribute to Songwriter, Sheldon Harnick, who died yesterday, June 23 at the age of 99. He was working on his next project, at the time of his death. She’s posted a concert with Sheldon and his wife Margery, from 1981. In addition, she’s found a hilarious Joan Rivers concert, as well as a delightful documentary about legendary talk show host, Mike Douglas. Also included is the musical, “Song & Dance” starring Bernadette Peters.
The Songwriters: An Evening with Sheldon Harnick
In memory of Sheldon Harnick (1924-2023)…”The Songwriters: An Evening with Sheldon Harnick.” From 1981, a wonderful concert of his work, with Sheldon hosting and sharing stories about his life as a lyricist, and his working with 20 composers, most notably, Jerry Bock. Also featured in the concert is his wife (since 1965), Margery Gray. He and Jerry Bock won the Pulitzer Prize for “Fiorello”. His most notable work, of course, is “Fiddler On The Roof” which he wrote with Bock, and Joseph Stein, author of the book (who died at age 98 in 2010). When he died, he was working on a new show, with music, book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick! Enjoy this concert! RIP, dear Sheldon. May his memory be for a blessing.
Joan Rivers Standup
Joan Rivers was a comedic genius— which is the general consensus of so many of us. Or, as she’d like to say, “The best comic in her price range!” She was politically incorrect, and got away with it, although shortly before she died, she saw that comedy was changing, and felt that it might die with everyone seemingly becoming “politically correct” and overly sensitive. This show is from 2006 and is totally hilarious. Her comedy stands up today, as it’s still totally relevant. There was no one like Joan Rivers. You might want to wear a “Depends” for this one!! Enjoy!
The Mike Douglas Show: Moments & Memories
This documentary from 2007, is a fabulous find, especially for baby boomers who remember the “Mike Douglas Show.” The popular daily syndicated talk and variety show ran for 20 years. It featured music, comedy, politics and information. It was one of the most successful programs in daytime TV history. Mike came across as “a regular guy” and had the reputation of being a wonderful human being. He was a singer and there was lots of music on his show. He truly related to his guests and his audience. His show was never controversial and attracted some of the biggest stars in show business. Mike died in 2006… This is a documentary about his life and times in television and serves as a magnificent tribute to the legendary Mike Douglas!
Song and Dance
Bernadette Peters won the 1986 Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League awards for her unforgettable leading performance in this musical. Also, in Song and Dance were Charlotte and Christopher D’amboise, incredible dancers and the children of the late and extraordinary Jacques D’amboise. This was an unconventional musical. The first act was told in song. The second act was told in dance.