Watch video from “Saloon Singers”
Copyright Hudson West Productions
Maya Angelou, who was known as Miss Calypso when she was a nightclub entertainer in the 1950s.
source: Dr Maya Angelou
“Saloon Singers” examines the allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints (where Michael dazzles the crowd with some impromptu boogie-woogie blues) to the neon of Las Vegas, where he gets a private tour of the now-closed Liberace Museum, and plays one of the rhinestone encrusted pianos. While keeping up his own busy schedule of live performances at his New York nightclub, and the brand new performing arts center in Carmel, IN, Michael delves into the history of nightclub entertainment, from the Cotton Club in Harlem to Sinatra’s Rat Pack. He goes through the archives of composer Jimmy McHugh—whose career spans Vaudeville to Vegas—and visits with nightclub pioneers Rose Marie (she literally “opened” Las Vegas in the 1940s) and the poet and author Maya Angelou, who used to make her living doing a calypso club act in San Francisco.
Liberace performing in Las Vegas in one of his trademark over-the-top costumes, circa 1970s.
source: Las Vegas News Bureau
Providing support for pbs.org. Learn more
Sara P. Carruthers, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation
Peter O. Hanson, Irwin Helford, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, The Ted Snowdon Foundation
The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, The Scherer Foundation, The Ruder Bever Family
Diane P. Kranz, Jamie deRoy Charitable Trust
Sara P. Carruthers, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and Lewis B. Cullman, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
Irwin Helford, The Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation
Peter O. Hanson, Hank and Susan Scherer
Sara P. Carruthers, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
The Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation
Hank and Susan Scherer, William E. Curran
Published 2013 | Copyright © 2015 HUDSON WEST PRODUCTIONS All rights reserved.