George Gershwin

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Full Episode

Find out why the Broadway musical has proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

About the Film

From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand, the film explores the phenomenon of how Jewish-American songwriters created a uniquely American art form

Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin

About the Concert

Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock launched the LA Phil’s 2011/12 season with a sparkling George Gershwin gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall in September. “This is the first time as a professional musician that I’ll be playing a piece that’s essentially classical music with jazz overtones […]

The Great American Songbook

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The Great American Songbook

Creating “Porgy and Bess”

Not many people may know that for a short, precarious time, “Porgy,” the opera by Gershwin, nearly became “Porgy,” the musical comedy by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. This renowned Broadway team was eager to convert the play, adapted by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward from his book, as a musical for Al Jolson. As […]

The Great American Songbook

Mr. Music and Mr. Words

In 1938, TIME magazine wrote these prophetic words: “As Rodgers and Hart see it, what was killing music comedy was its sameness, its tameness, its eternal rhyming of June with moon. They decided it was not enough to be just good at the job; they had to be constantly different also. The one possible formula […]

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 […]