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Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music — In the Spotlight

You’ve probably seen the movie The Sound of Music, on television if not in the movie theater. Did you know that the movie version of The Sound of Music is fifty years old this year? It premiered in New York on March 2, 1965 and in Los Angeles on March 10, 1965. Before The Sound…

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Musicals: Part 3, Singing a Sadder Song

Before the holidays, I dipped into the large, photo-filled, information-packed book Broadway: The American Musical, as I wrote the first two parts of this series. Now I’m watching the PBS series from 2004 — the book was published as a companion to the series. I highly recommend watching the series. The six episodes take you…

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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza — Book Recommendation

Title: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite Author: Anna Harwell Celenza Illustrator: Don Tate Publisher: Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2011 Genre: Picture book, fictionalized true story Audience Age: 6 to 12 Themes/Topics: jazz, classical music, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite Opening Sentences: In 1960 Las Vegas was the land of opportunity—a new frontier in the world of entertainment. All the stars…

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Musicals: Part 2, Follies, Revues, and Jazz

For the next few months, the first Wednesday of the month will be dedicated to musical theatre and how it got to be what it is today — and what that means for kids, and for those of us who are interested in getting kids involved in the performing arts. Last month, we looked at…

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Musicals: Part 1, Starting at the Very Beginning

Musicals are often a highlight of school life for the musically and/or dramatically inclined middle schooler and teen. They provide a chance to find out what it’s like to be on stage, to learn lines and songs and dances, to have others depending on you — and to depend on them, in turn. The first…