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The Dress Circle: Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

We looked at music of George Gershwin last week on The Dress Circle, and this week (7/15 7:00 p.m.) we’ll concentrate on lyrics by his brother Ira but with composers other than George.  Those composers supplying the music for Ira include Kurt Weill, who got Ira to begin writing again after George’s death, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, and Burton Lane.  

We’ll sample songs from stage and screen from vehicles like “Cover Girl,” “Lady in the Dark,” “A Star is Born,” and “Give a Girl a Break.”  We’ll also be featuring songs from “The Barkleys of Broadway,” “The Firebrand of Florence,” and “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936” with performances by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ann Sothern, Julie Andrews, Maria Friedman, Danny Kaye, Maria Ewing, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Christine Ebersole, Peter Scolari and more.  This week it’s another hour of great lyrics, great songs, and great performances and a celebration of a truly gifted man.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.
Ted Otten is co-host of The Dress Circle