The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 8 Episode 12

The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 27, 1966 on NBC
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The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
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Hosted by Cyril Ritchard with performances by Florence Henderson, Barbara Harris, Stanley Holloway, John Cullum, Patricia McBride and Edward Villella.

Cyril Ritchard hosts this tribute to lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner whom he describes as a romantic with an "indestructible belief in the existence of an ideal place, an ideal time, and an ideal love."
Stanley Holloway, the original Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady, Florence Henderson, Barbara Harris, John Cullum, and New York City Ballet principals Edward Villella and Patricia McBride perform songs from the Lerner and Loewe musicals "Brigadoon," "My Fair Lady," "Gigi," "Camelot" and from Lerner and Burton Lane's 1951 film "Royal Wedding" and current Broadway musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."

Highlights:
From the musical "Brigadoon," Florence Henderson sings "Heather on the Hill".
Barbara Harris sings the satirical "When We're 65" from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever".
Stanley Holloway sings "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" ("My Fair Lady").
Cyril Ritchard performs the title song from "Camelot" and "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man" ("My Fair Lady).
Stanley Holloway joins Barbara Harris in "I Remember It Well" ("Gigi").
Florence Henderson sings "Without You" ("My Fair Lady").
John Cullum sings the title song from "Gigi".
Stanley Holloway performs "Get Me to the Church on Time".
Barbara Harris and John Cullum -- re-creating the Broadway roles that earned them each 1966 Tony nominations -- perform scenes and medley of songs from their current Broadway show "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" including "Hurry It's Lovely Up Here," "Melinda" "S.S. Bernard Cohen," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" and the title song.
Cyril Ritchard sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" ("My Fair Lady").
Patricia McBride and Edward Villella dance a pas de deux to "Come to Me, Bend to Me" from "Brigadoon".
Florence Henderson sings "Almost Like Being in Love" ("Brigadoon").
Stanley Holloway sings "I'll Go Home with Bonny Jean" ("Brigadoon").
Cyril Ritchard sings "I Left My Hat in Haiti" ("Royal Wedding").
Florence Henderson "I Could Have Danced All Night" ("My Fair Lady").
Stanley Holloway "With a Little Bit of Luck."
The program concludes with an all-star medley and a reprise of "Camelot."

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