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Seeing stars ; [and] Today in New York

Seeing stars ; [and] Today in New York [videorecording]


Additional Authors
  • Astaire, Fred
  • Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996
  • Irwin, Bill, 1950-
  • Peters, Michael, 1948-
  • Sills, Beverly.
  • Levine, James, 1943-2021.
  • Arroyo, Martina.
  • Berini, Bianca.
  • McCracken, James, 1926-
  • MacNeil, Cornell, 1922-
  • Plishka, Paul, 1941-
  • Cheek, John, 1948-
  • Finnerty, Jim.
  • Pierce, Ponchitta Anne, 1942-
  • Luftig, Don.
  • American Symphony Orchestra.
  • Westminster Choir.
  • NBC Television Network.
1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences NTSC; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Compilation of four excerpts from television programs. The fourth segment, a concert performance of an opera excerpt, has no dance content.
Gift of Palmer Wald.
Alternative Title
  • Today in New York
  • Aida. Triumphal march
  • Dance.
  • Music.
  • Interviews.
  • Video.
  • Seeing stars. [Interview with Gene Kelly] (c1985 ; ca. 8 min.) / produced by Richard Edgar Productions in association with Foote Cone & Belding Telecom ; produced by Joe Tobin ; executive producer, Dick Crew ; host, Jim Finnerty. Interview with Gene Kelly, recorded upon the release of the motion picture That's dancing, in which he appears as performer and narrator. Kelly discusses aspects of his experience as a dancer, singer and choreographer in Hollywood, and assesses his two major films, An American in Paris and Singin' in the rain. The host also discusses Fred Astaire, who is seen in some of the film clips included in this segment.
  • Today in New York. [Interview with Bill Irwin] (c1984 ; ca. 11 min.) / a Public Affairs Presentation of WNBC-TV ; produced by Don Luftig and Ponchitta Pierce ; directed by Don Luftig ; producer, Gay Rosenthal ; executive producer, Karen Lee Copeland ; host, Ponchitta Pierce. After a brief dance/mime number recorded in the television studio, Bill Irwin discusses his work as actor, dancer and mime ; the audience's different expectations of a clown and an actor ; the differences between physical and verbal comedy ; receiving a MacArthur Foundation award ; performing for children ; his current performance in The accidental death of an anarchist, with Jonathan Pryce ; his reflections on the nature of laughter ; street performing.
  • Today in New York. Dancing with Michael Peters (c1984 ; ca. 11 min.) / another segment of the program above ; see credits above. Michael Peters, co-choreographer of Dreamgirls with Michael Bennett, discusses his collaboration with Bennett ; his choreography for Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie ; his working method, which he demonstrates with host Ponchitta Pierce ; his formative years in Brooklyn, where he studied dance with Bernice Johnson. He and Pierce are seen dancing under the closing credits.
  • Aida. Triumphal scene [excerpt] (ca. 21 min.) / recorded at Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y., date not identified. Music, Giuseppe Verdi. Introduced by Beverly Sills. Performed by singers Martina Arroyo (Aida), Bianca Berini (Amneris), James McCracken (Radames), Cornell MacNeil (Amonasro), Paul Plishka (Ramfis), John Cheek (king of Egypt), and the Westminster Choir ; American Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine. Concert performance.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-5283
Seeing stars ; [and] Today in New York [videorecording]
Country of Producing Entity
Local Subject
Motion pictures. That's dancing.
Local Subject
Motion pictures. Singin' in the rain.
Comedy in dance.
Added Author
Astaire, Fred, dancer.
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996, interviewee.
Irwin, Bill, 1950- interviewee.
Peters, Michael, 1948- Interviewee
Sills, Beverly. Speaker
Levine, James, 1943-2021. Conductor
Arroyo, Martina. voc
Berini, Bianca. voc
McCracken, James, 1926- voc
MacNeil, Cornell, 1922- voc
Plishka, Paul, 1941- voc
Cheek, John, 1948- voc
Finnerty, Jim. Interviewer. Host
Pierce, Ponchitta Anne, 1942- Interviewer. pro, dancer.
Luftig, Don. Producer. Director
American Symphony Orchestra.
Westminster Choir.
NBC Television Network.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-5283
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