As part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Paley Center pays tribute to Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler (who died last year at the age of 90), and screens a television special from 1968— Kiss Me, Kate with Robert Goulet—and the 1955 TV musical Our Town, with Frank Sinatra as the Stage Manager.
Saturday, July 13, 2pm
SHEAFFER’S SHOWCASE: LITTLE WOMEN (1958)
CBS; 60 minutes; black and white
A television musical based on the classic novel, with original songs by Richard Adler. With Jeannie Carson, Florence Henderson, Zina Bethune, Margaret O’Brien, Bill Hayes, Roland Winters, Joel Grey, and Risë Stevens. Directed by William Corrigan, with musical numbers staged by John Butler. Songs include “Love I Mean,” “My Little Women,” “Dance, Why Not?” and “The Four of Us.”
Saturday, July 13, 3pm
NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE: RICHARD ADLER (1992)
North Carolina Public Television; 25 minutes; color
Richard Adler is interviewed about his life and career by University of North Carolina President William Friday.
Saturday, July 13, 3:30pm
GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER: DAMN YANKEES (1967)
NBC; 120 minutes; color
This television adaptation of the Tony-winning 1955 Broadway hit with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross puts a Pop Art-inspired spin on the material. With Phil Silvers, Lee Remick, Jerry Lanning, Jim Backus, Fran Allison, Ray Middleton, Linda Lavin, and Bob Dishy. Directed by Kirk Browning, with choreography by Ernie Flatt.
Sunday, July 14, 2pm
ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE: KISS ME, KATE (1968)
ABC; 90 minutes; color
This adaptation of the Cole Porter classic—the final of four lavish Armstrong Circle Theater musical theater offerings (produced by Norman Rosemont and Robert Goulet)— stars Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, and features Jessica Walter, Michael Callan, Russell Nype, Jules Munshin, Marty Ingels, and Bob David Doyle. Directed by Paul Bogart and choreographed by Lee Theodore.
Sunday, July 14 at 3:30pm
PRODUCERS’ SHOWCASE: OUR TOWN (1955)
NBC; 80 minutes; black and white
Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn wrote the songs for this adaptation (book by David Shaw) of Thornton Wilder’s landmark play, first produced on Broadway 75 years ago. Starring Frank Sinatra, Eva Marie Saint, and Paul Newman; with Paul Hartman, Peg Hillias, Ernest Truex, Sylvia Field, and Shelley Fabares. Directed by Delbert Mann, with choreography by Valerie Bettis. Songs include “Love and Marriage” and “Look to Your Heart.
Screenings are free with Paley Center admission. Suggested donation: $10; $8 students and seniors; $5 children under 14
For more information, call (212) 621-6800 or go to www.paleycenter.org