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More Stories from the American Songbook

Kander and Ebb

Afternoon Course

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0406
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US vinyl release of "Theme from New York, New York" by Liza Minnelli

Explore more wonderful songs from the golden age of the Great American Songbook, and the stories behind their long and unexpected lives. This season, each session takes up the work of a famous songwriting team and some of their forever-familiar songs, where daydreams and romance, razzle-dazzle, and all our “where and whens” still live.

Combining a lively lecture with a wide variety of film clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how these favorite songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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Kander and Ebb

These two enjoyed one of the longest professional partnerships in Broadway history. One was quiet, the other loved to sing at parties, and together they produced indelible new kinds of songs for the musical that were bold, brassy, provocative, and moving: “All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” “A Quiet Thing,” “But the World Goes Round.”

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