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Summer 2014 Program



FILM TUESDAYS @ 1 pm with Dr. Robert Spiegelman

113 West 60th Street, 12th Floor Lounge, Lincoln Center campus, 212-636-6372 at 1:00pm

$20 entrance fee per event

Timeless and Timely:  Great Musicals that Shape Our World

This summer’s exciting film program features 4 great musicals̶   ̶̶ as timely today as they are timeless. Set in Fordham’s comfortable 12th Floor Lounge, our screenings offer an enhanced sound system and engaging program notes.  And each is followed by an-hour-long vivid presentation and lively guided discussion.  Acclaimed as musical triumphs ̶   yet more than “just” musicals in their cultural relevance  ̶   the films are:

Tues. June 3

Cabaret.  Set in high-voltage Weimar Berlin of the pre-war 1930s.  Directed by Bob Fosse, starring the compelling duo of Liza Minelli and Joel Grey, with music and songbook by Kantor and Ebb, and choreographed by the great Bob Fosse.  Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, director Fosse and cohorts boldly redefine musical theatre.  As the world creeps to war, all affirm and deny that “Life is a Cabaret!”, old chum.

Tues. June 10

West Side Story.  Set in the teeming San Juan Hill neighborhood of the late 1950s – at today’s Fordham University/Lincoln Center complex! -Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, it stars Natalie Wood, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Steven Sondheim, and is choreographed by Jerome Robbins.  Based on, well, Billy Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it champions a forbidden love against New York’s odds.  After all, then, which will it be? Stick to Your Own Kind or Love Conquers All?

Tues. June 17

Oklahoma!  Set on the socially-divided Oklahoma frontier, in the run-up to Oklahoma’s statehood.  We’ll screen the 1999 London Stage Revival, directed by the acclaimed Trevor Nunn. It stars a first-rate Hugh Jackman, with memorable music and lyrics - including 4 all-time showstoppers - by the great Rogers & Hammerstein team.  The London renewal is innovative and darker than the original; duly authenticated by the Hammerstein Foundation.  Oklahoma!’s mythic stature, original meanings and troubled present are up for discussion.  Clips from Ken Burns’ The Dustbowl will also feature.  Come sing and weigh in!


Tues. June 24

Sweeney Todd.  Set in the lower depths of Victorian London, is Stephen Sondheim’s allegory of justice run amok and revenge gone wrong.  We’ll view a unique combination of the great stage production starring George Hearn and Angela Lansbury paired with the Sondheim-approved musical film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.  Staged by Harold Prince and directed by Terry Hughes (the play) and Tim Burton (the film). Yes, there’s no place like London. (“But Sweeney won’t want us to give it away.”) Come share the secret.


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