The Rodgers & Hart story: thou swell, thou witty

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Additional title: Thou swell, thou witty
Additional title: Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979
Hart, Lorenz, 1895-1943
Thompson, David (Producer)
Thompson, David (Director)
Horn, David (Producer)
Horn, David (Director)
Carrafa, John (Choreographer)
Fisher, Rob, 1952- (Conductor)
Anania, Michael (Set designer)
Pakledinaz, Martin (Costume designer)
Adelman, Alan (Lighting designer)
Bornstein, Daryl
Bradley, Gary (Film editor)
Singer, Eric (Film editor)
Armstrong, Miguel
Gutierrez, Manny
Kosmaczewski, John. (Cinematographer)
Onesto, Alain
McKenna, Mark. (Production personnel)
Pryce, Jonathan (Narrator)
Luker, Rebecca (Performer)
Mathis, Stanley Wayne (Performer)
James, Brian D'Arcy. (Performer)
Egan, Susan, 1970- (Performer)
Ebersole, Christine (Performer)
Haran, Mary Cleere (Performer)
Gravitte, Debbie Shapiro (Performer)
Raines, Ron (Performer)
Krakowski, Jane (Performer)
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979 (Interviewee)
Rodgers, Mary, 1931- (Interviewee)
Nolan, Frederick W., 1931- (Interviewee)
Lunden, Jeffrey (Interviewee)
Hart, Dorothy (Interviewee)
Albert, Eddie (Interviewee)
Martin, Hugh, 1914-2011 (Interviewee)
Bracken, Eddie, 1915-2002 (Interviewee)
Adler, Larry (Interviewee)
Havoc, June (Interviewee)
Blair, Betsy, 1923-2009 (Interviewee)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Producer)
British Broadcasting Corporation (Producer)
Coffee Club Orchestra

Popular Balanchine

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1998
Place: New York
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: NCOX 1552
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7323
Balanchine, George
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979
Musical theater
Motion pictures
Filmed interviews
Documentaries and factual works.
Statement of responsibility: A production of Thirteen/WNET and BBC TV ; produced and directed by David Thompson ; songs in performance produced and directed by David Horn ; staged and choreographed by John Carrafa.
Performers: Performers (archival footage): Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jessie Matthews, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, George Balanchine, the Nicholas Brothers, Mitzi Green, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, and Vivienne Segal.
Creation/production credits: Scenic designer, Michael Anania ; costume designer, Martin Pakledinaz ; lighting designer, Alan Adelman ; audio, Daryl Bornstein ; editors, Gary Bradley and Eric Singer ; cameras, Miguel Armstrong, Manny Gutierrez, John Kosmaczewski, and Alain Onesto ; stage manager, Mark McKenna.
Performers: Narrator: Jonathan Pryce.
Performers: Interviews: Mary Rodgers, Frederick Nolan, Jeffrey Lunden, Dorothy Hart, Eddie Albert, Hugh Martin, Eddie Bracken, Larry Adler, June Havoc, and Betsy Blair.
Performers: Interview (archival footage): Richard Rodgers.
Performers: Performers: Rebecca Luker, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Brian D'Arcy James, Susan Egan, Christine Ebersole, Mary Cleere Haran, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Ron Raines, and Jane Krakowski.
Performers: Musicians: The Coffee Club Orchestra, conducted by Rob Fisher.
Venue: Originally broadcast on WNET-TV, Channel 13, New York, N.Y., Jan. 6, 1999.
Acquisition: Gift; Popular Balanchine Foundation (Dance Div. copy). NN-PD
Physical Description
Extent: 11 videocassette (VHS) (57 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
The professional partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart is examined through a combination of archival footage, interviews with colleagues and family members, and performances of several of their best-known songs in sequences staged for this program. The emphasis is on their work for the Broadway stage, but their contribution to Hollywood films is also examined.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15485886
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 60a5e450-f79b-0130-7894-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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  • 1902: Creator Born
  • 1979: Creator Died
  • 1998: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Rodgers & Hart story" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1998.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Rodgers & Hart story" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 16, 2019.

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The Rodgers & Hart story