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The Life and Music of Johnny Mercer –
“And the Angels Sing”*

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Today Harvey Granat’s entertaining 92St Y series focuses on Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). The prolific lyricist had 230 collaborators which both Granat and his guest, Robert

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Jane Monheit Channels Garland

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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Blues Alley holds a special place in Jane Monheit’s heart. “I got started here; I met my first manager here; I met my first record

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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Goes to the Movies,
With Billy Stritch – Style Lives!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch have become standard bearers for the kind of intimate panache found more often in the boites and supper clubs of

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Oz the Great and Powerful: Back to Where It All Began

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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“You don’t know much about witches do you?” Theodora There are very few things in this world as iconic as Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series

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Woman Around Town: Carole J. Bufford –
Happiest On Stage

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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In Lincolnton, the one-stoplight Georgia town where everyone knew everyone else, Carole J. Bufford was the four year-old who spontaneously stood on a church pew

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I May Be a Twin, But I’m One of a Kind—
Meet Will and Anthony Nunziata

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
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Will Nunziata wore glasses so I might easily distinguish between him and his identical twin, Anthony. As children, their mother often dressed one in red

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Paula West: She Doesn’t Vocalize?!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
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Paula West is a natural. That’s easy to write, but difficult to write truthfully. She may have had a total of a year’s vocal training

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Liza’s at the Palace at the Paley Center

Monday, November 30th, 2009
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Liza’s at the Palace wowed audiences when it played on Broadway last year and won Minelli a 2009 Tony Award. The performance, filmed at the

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