The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 3 Episode 11

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: "Midsummer Night's Dream" Ballet ..... D'Amboise, Verdy "Willow Song" ..... Sutherland "Boys From Syracuse" ..... Munsel, Drake "Juliette" Ballet ..... Verdy, D'Amboise "Mad Scene from "Hamlet" ..... Sutherland "Kiss Me Kate" excerpts ...... Munsel, Drake "Wind and the Rain" ..... Chorus "Hark, Hark, the Lark" ...... Sutherland "Who Is Sylvia?" ..... Chorus "Come Unto These Yellow Sands" ..... Chorus "Women Are So Simple" ..... Munsel "Lover and His Lass" ..... Chorusmoreless

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