The Great American Songbook
Introduction

the great american songbook

Throughout a long golden era, the American movie musical transformed Hollywood into a Mecca for the biggest singing stars and leading songwriters of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Hosted by Michael Feinstein, THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films ever made. With stars ranging from Al Jolson to Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, and sounds from the Gilded Age to New Orleans jazz to Broadway musicals, THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK tells the story of the first 50 years of American popular music. Whether it was from the vaudeville stage or Tin Pan Alley, on the radio or the record player, it all found its way to the silver screen. This treasure trove of musical clips overflows with the very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and many more artists.

Additional funding for this program was provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Many local PBS stations are offering THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK videocassette, DVD, and its companion CD, SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS, as Pledge gifts. To order these items, pledge now. Or you may purchase the VHS or DVD of the program from Shop Thirteen.

  • EILEEN PETERSON

    The Great American Songbook was a wonderful program and I would love to see it again. Why doesn’t PBS re-air this wonderful and entertaining program????

  • Christine Lantinen

    I do not have enough information to comment on this subject.

  • Martin Polston

    I would like to see the episodes with the great Irish man himself Dennis Morgan, his voice was great.

  • CINDY PFAFF

    i AM TRYING TO PURCHASE ONE DVD: GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK…CAN’T DO IT ONLINE…PLEASE ASSIST…530-581-0202

  • Marty

    Yes, what happened to the DVD? Was ‘coming soon’ now has totally disappeared from all catalogs. Bummer.

  • JEAN FORSTER

    I HAVE JUST VIEWED ON PBS THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK JULY 31, 2010 AT 8:00PM. AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS SHOW WITH SO MANY MEMORABLE MUSICALS…..

  • Alan Fox

    Can you tell me the time PDT of the airings on Oct 6, 13 & 20?

    Thank you!

  • Mary Ann Schreiner

    Please tell me the correct dates and times planned on what Milwaukee, WI channel is The Great American Songbook.
    Thank you.

  • Rosalie

    I live in the boonies of East Tenn and would love to see this.
    please tell me how I can find out when it will be on tv here?

    Thank you.

    Rosalie

    I love Micheal Feinstein and his music and The Great American Songbook will be wonderful!!!

  • Anne Moss

    When is the replay time for Feinstein’s show? I watch on Channel 13 in New York City.

  • Ellen Imbimbo

    Friends told me about Michael Feinstein’s program – probably on 10/6. Can I see it – and the others – or will you rebroadcast?

    Many thanks.

    P. S. I am a member of Channel 13.

  • Marilyn Singer

    I missed Pt. 1 of these series. When will it be rebroadcast?

  • Sam Payne

    I look forward to Sunday nights. You just brodcasted from Paradise Island. I live in Pompano Beach, FL &
    know the Colony Hotel well. I think Dick Robinson is GREAT, keep it up. Just to let you know I’m in my sixties.

  • Leon Abadie

    I missed the third episode of the Great American Songbook with Michare Feinstein and I tried to find out how I could purchase a copy of the third episode,but it seemed impossible when I tried the next day to find out how I could obtain the item. I gave up. Maybe you’ll broadcast it again. Is that a possibility?

  • Colleen Huber

    I only got a couple glimpses of the Great American Song book, but the little i saw of it was so great I hope they rebroacast it. I would love to see it all.

  • Colleen Kuber

    Wasn’t it Dennic Morgan that played in the movie “Christmas In Connecticut?”

  • James L. Kavanagh

    Can you kindly advise me if the DVD’s of Michael Feinstein’s “The Great American Song Book” is by now available to purchase I live in the Republic of Ireland.
    Many Thanks,
    James Kavanagh.

  • Val

    I have enjoyed this series and wonder if Michael has attempted to invterview Maria Cole, the singer and Nat King Cole’s widow?

  • Robert

    Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane
    Dennis Morgan as Jefferson Jones
    Sydney Greenstreet as Alexander Yardley
    Reginald Gardiner as John Sloan
    S.Z. Sakall as Felix Bassenak
    Robert Shayne as Dudley Beecham
    Una O’Connor as Norah
    Frank Jenks as Sinkewicz
    Joyce Compton as Mary Lee
    Dick Elliott as Judge Crothers[1]

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