This program explores the contributions to Broadway musicals by Jewish artists, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway.
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, performs originals from his Blending Times album. He also pays tribute to the past with a version of “I’m Old Fashioned,” written by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.