Michael Lasser w/Cindy Miller...
Venue Address (Get Directions)Center For The Arts of Homer
Date and Time
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Right after the movies learned to talk, they learned to sing. When sound arrived, the studios became ravenous; they devoured material. Suddenly musicals were all the rage. For the first time, movies were “All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking!” The changes reflected the differences between songs aimed at a sophisticated New York theater crowd and a much more diverse movie audience. As studios hired their own songwriters, they also found it advantageous (and profitable) to drop songs from the original Broadway scores and replace then with songs by their own composers and lyricists. Eventually, some outstanding songwriters chose to live and work in Hollywood, among them Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and E.Y. Harburg. Follow Michael Lasser, Cindy Mille, and Alan Jones on an evening of song from the very first time a movie sang all the way to the golden age of Hollywood musicals.
Raised in New Jersey in the shadow of Broadway, Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. Growing up “with Manhattan on my left and the Jersey Shore on my right,” he saw his first Broadway musical at the age of ten. “I can’t imagine my life without the theater and its songs,” he says.