Picks and Pans Review: Musical Comedy Tonight
PBS (check local listings)
Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Van, Richard Chamberlain, John Davidson, Rock Hudson and Agnes DeMille sing and chat in producer-writer-host Sylvia Fine Kaye's tribute to the American musical theater. (See page 39.) The show recreates the original Broadway settings, costumes and orchestrations of 1927's Good News; 1934's Anything Goes, Cole Porter's first smash; 1943's Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, and 1970's Company, the work of Stephen Sondheim. Though tape can't capture the exuberance of a live performance, the show has its pleasant surprises (Chamberlain and Peters singing a Sondheim duet), plus a few real flopperoos (Merman and Hudson massacring You're the Top).
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
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