Watch Friday, October 16, 2015 at 9pm on WMHT TV
This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway. The musical’s impact remains unparalleled, addressing racial prejudice. It introduced a bi-racial cast to Broadway at its premiere, while pointing the way toward a new synthesis between music and spectacle. This New York Philharmonic production features an all-star cast led by Vanessa Williams and Julian Ovenden of “Downton Abbey,” as well as Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard and Lauren Worsham. The Philharmonic’s full sound highlights the lush musical score at the center of this epic show. This program is conducted and directed for the stage by Ted Sperling, and directed for television by Andrew C. Wilk.