The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 3 Episode 12

Much Ado About Music

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 17, 1961 on NBC
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Hosted by Dr. Frank Baxter the program presents everything from operas to musical comedies based on Shakespeare's plays and this show consists largely of such Bard-inspired music. Performers include, Sir John Gielgud, who recites from "As You Like It", "The Merchant of Venice" and "The Tempest". Singers Patrice Munsel, Alfred Drake, Joan Sutherland and Anita Darian, dancers Violette Verdy and Jacques d'Amboise and actors Alessandro Giannini, Freda Holloway, Polly Rowles and Thomas Andrew. The actors and Miss Darian contrast several scenes in "Romeo and Juliet" with parallel scenes in Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" Dr. Frank Baxter, an authority on Shakespeare, is host of the live hour long show. Donald Vorhees directs the orchestra and chorus. Donald Saddler choreographed the "Dream" ballet.

Highlights
Jacques d'Amboise and Violette Verdy perform "Midsummer Night's Dream" Ballet.
Joan Sutherland sings "Willow Song".
Patrice Munsel and Alfred Drake do "Boys From Syracuse".
Violette Verdy and Jacques d'Amboise perform "Juliette" Ballet.
Joan Sutherland does "Mad Scene from "Hamlet".
Alfred Drake and Patrice Munsel do excerpts from "Kiss Me Kate".
The Chorus does "Wind and the Rain".
Joan Sutherland does "Hark, Hark, the Lark".
The Chorus performs "Who Is Sylvia?" and "Come Unto These Yellow Sands".
Patrice Munsel sings "Women Are So Simple".
The Chorus performs "Lover and His Lass".

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