American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein

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Salute to Broadway Composers - Full Episode

Michael Feinstein hosts an all-star salute to great Broadway composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Billy Porter, Christine Ebersole, Tom Wopat, Marc Shaiman, Catherine Russell, Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana, Marin Mazzie, Annie Golden and Brian Stokes Mitchell and more!

AIRED: March 01, 2017 | 0:57:00
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>> ♪ I got rhythm

♪ I got music

>> This special edition of

"American Songbook at NJPAC

Hosted by Michael Feinstein" is

devoted to the great composers,

who wrote beautiful songs for

the Broadway stage and have gone

on to become beloved American

standards.

>> ♪...I love you

>> ♪ So, tell me why

>> The "American Songbook at

NJPAC series is presented in

part through the generous

support of...

Support for this broadcast

is provided by...

>> ♪ I will match them in

renown ♪

>> And now, from the New Jersey

Performing Arts Center

in the Victoria Theater,

your host, the ambassador of the

Great American Songbook,

Michael Feinstein.

>> ♪ I'm just a Broadway baby

♪ Walking off my tired feet

♪ Poundin' 42nd Street

to be in a show ♪

You certainly know that song,

don't you?

Much of the music in the

Great American Songbook was

originally written for the

Broadway stage.

So, on this episode of the

"American Songbook at NJPAC,"

we're going to celebrate the

great composers and lyricists

that wrote some of the most

memorable songs for the Broadway

stage that continue to touch us

long after their shows have

become legend.

In the 1920s, two remarkable

composers and lyricists began to

set the standard for

American Songbook standards for

decades to come.

And their music is as beloved

now as it was back then.

I'm speaking, of course, about

two musical giants who both

wrote music and lyrics and were

also good friends --

Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

[ Applause ]

>> ♪ The butcher, the baker,

the grocer, the clerk ♪

♪ Are secretly unhappy men,

because ♪

♪ The butcher, the baker,

the grocer, the clerk ♪

♪ Get paid for what they do

but no applause ♪

♪ They'd gladly bid their dreary

jobs goodbye ♪

♪ For anything theatrical

and why? ♪

♪ There's no business like show

business like no business I

know ♪

♪ Everything about it is

appealing ♪

♪ Everything the traffic will

allow ♪

♪ Nowhere could you get that

happy feeling while you are

stealing that extra bow ♪

♪ There's no people like

show people ♪

♪ They smile when they are low

♪ Even with a turkey

that you know will fold ♪

♪ You may be stranded out

in the cold ♪

♪ Still, you wouldn't change it

for a sack of gold ♪

♪ Let's go on with the show

♪ The costumes, the makeup,

the scenery, the props ♪

♪ The audience that lifts you

when you're down ♪

♪ The headaches, the heartaches,

the backaches, the flops ♪

♪ The sheriff who escorts you

out of town ♪

♪ The opening when your heart

beats like a drum ♪

♪ The closing when the customers

won't come ♪

♪ There's no business like show

business like no business I

know ♪

♪ You get word before the show

has started ♪

♪ That your favorite uncle died

at dawn ♪

♪ Top of that, your pa and ma

have parted ♪

♪ You're brokenhearted,

but you go on ♪

♪ There's no people like show

people ♪

♪ They don't run out of dough

♪ Angels come from everywhere

with lots of jack ♪

♪ And when you lose it,

there's no attack ♪

♪ Where would you get money

that you don't give back? ♪

♪ Let's go on with the show

♪ There's no business like show

business like no business I

know ♪

♪ Traveling through the country

is so thrilling ♪

♪ Standing out in front

on opening nights ♪

♪ Smiling as you watch the

theater filling ♪

♪ And there's your billing up

there in lights ♪

♪ There's no people like show

people ♪

♪ They smile when they are low

♪ Yesterday, they told you

you would not go far ♪

♪ That night you opened

and there you are ♪

♪ Next day on your dressing room

they hung a star ♪

♪ Let's go on with the show

♪ Let's go

♪ On with the show

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> ♪ My story is much too sad to

be told ♪

♪ But practically everything

leaves me totally cold ♪

♪ The only exception I know is

the case ♪

♪ When I'm out on a quiet

spree ♪

♪ Fighting vainly the old

ennui ♪

♪ And I suddenly turn and see

♪ Your fabulous face

♪ I get no kick from champagne

♪ Mere alcohol doesn't thrill

me at all ♪

♪ So tell me why should it be

true ♪

♪ That I get a kick

♪ Out of you?

♪ Some get a kick from cocaine

♪ I'm sure that if I took even

one sniff ♪

♪ That would bore me

terrifically, too ♪

♪ Yet, I get a kick

♪ Out of you

♪ I get a kick every time I see

you standing there before me ♪

♪ I get a kick, though its clear

to me ♪

♪ You obviously don't adore me

♪ I get no kick in a plane

♪ Flying too high

♪ With some guy in the sky

♪ Is my idea of nothing to do

♪ Yet, I get a kick

♪ Out of you

[ Applause ]

Thank you.

>> Beautiful.

>> ♪ S'wonderful

♪ S'marvelous

♪ You should care for me

♪ S'elegant

♪ S'what I want

♪ S'what I love to see

♪ My dear, I feel so tingleish

♪ I'll even overlook

your English ♪

♪ S'wonderful

♪ S'marvelous

♪ That you should care for me

"S'Wonderful."

That, of course, was written by

George and Ira Gershwin.

It also was the very first song

on my very first album,

"Pure Gershwin," which I

recorded over 30 years ago.

Hard to believe, right?

I also had the privilege of

working for Ira Gershwin for

six years, cataloging his work.

Although George Gershwin died in

1937, at the age of 38, he still

managed to write 14 full-fledged

musicals and hundreds and

hundreds of songs.

He said that he wrote 12 songs a

day to get the bad ones out of

his system.

The Gershwins will always be

some of the most important

contributors to the

American Songbook, as well as my

personal favorites.

[ Applause ]

>> ♪ Old Man Sunshine,

listen, you ♪

♪ Don't you tell me

dreams come true ♪

♪ Just try it

♪ I'll start a riot

♪ Ann Landers,

don't you dare

ever tell me she still cares ♪

♪ I'm certain

this is the final curtain ♪

♪ I don't want an earful

from you cheerful Pollyannas ♪

♪ Who say that fate

provides a mate ♪

♪ That's bananas!

Wow.

[ Singing scat ]

♪ They're writing songs of love,

but not for me ♪

♪ A starry sky's above,

but not for me ♪

♪ With love to lead the way

♪ I find more clouds of gray

♪ Than any Russian play

could guarantee ♪

♪ I was a fool to fall

and get that way ♪

♪ Heigh-ho, alas,

and lackaday! ♪

♪ Although I can't dismiss

the mem'ry of her kiss ♪

♪ I guess she's not

♪ No, she's not for me

♪ I might as well come clean

♪ Whenever I'm about to find

romance ♪

♪ It seems to vanish

into thin air ♪

♪ Well, I guess

I'll never see the light ♪

♪ It's such a puzzle

and I'm really in a muddle ♪

♪ 'Cause love

has got me going 'round and

'round in circles ♪

♪ I feel so confused

♪ Without that girl

to share my world ♪

♪ I'm all at sea

♪ A ship without a sail

or without a rudder ♪

♪ Somebody, hear my plea

♪ Rescue me

♪ It's a tragedy

♪ Every time I hear a melody

♪ People always seem to sing

the songs about the joys

of love and romance ♪

♪ And how it'll last for me

♪ That's baloney

[ Singing scat ]

How about a hand

for the band?

[ Applause ]

♪ They're writing songs

of love ♪

♪ Not for me

♪ A starry sky's above,

but not for me ♪

♪ With love to lead the way

♪ I find more clouds of gray

♪ Than any Russian play

could guarantee ♪

♪ I was a fool to fall

and get that way ♪

♪ Heigh-ho, alas,

lackaday! ♪

♪ Although I can't dismiss

the mem'ry of her kiss ♪

♪ I guess she's not

for me ♪

♪ Whoa, no, she's not

♪ She never, ever was

♪ For

♪ I still love everything

that she does ♪

♪ But she's not for me

♪ Yeah!

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> ♪ I got rhythm

♪ I got music

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ I got daisies

♪ In green pastures

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Old Man Trouble

♪ I don't mind him

♪ You won't find him

♪ 'Round my door

♪ I got starlight

♪ I got sweet dreams

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ I got rhythm

♪ I got music

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ I got daisies

♪ In green pastures

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Old man trouble

♪ I don't mind him

♪ You're not gonna find him

♪ Hanging 'round my door

♪ I got starlight

♪ I got sweet dreams

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

[ Piano solo ]

Yeah!

[ Guitar solo ]

♪ I got rhythm

♪ I got music

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ I got daisies

♪ In green pastures

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Old Man Trouble

♪ I don't mind him

♪ You won't find him

♪ Hanging 'round my door

♪ I got starlight

♪ I got sweet dreams

♪ I got my man

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

♪ Who could ask for anything

more? ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Many people say that

Richard Rodgers and

Oscar Hammerstein II created the

modern American musical.

But long before that, both

worked with other partners, who

were also trailblazers.

Richard Rodgers made, certainly,

beautiful music with

Lorenz Hart, and

Oscar Hammerstein II wrote

classic lyrics for Jerome Kern's

melodies, among a number of

others.

But, collectively, all of those

works hold an honored place in

the Great American Songbook

canon.

>> ♪ The chimney's smokin'

♪ The roof is leakin' in

♪ But he don't seem to care

♪ He can be happy

with just a sip of gin ♪

♪ I even love him

when his kisses got gin ♪

♪ Fish got to swim

and birds got to fly ♪

♪ I got to love one man

till I die ♪

♪ Can't help lovin'

that man of mine ♪

♪ Tell me he's lazy

♪ Tell me he's slow

♪ Tell me I'm crazy

♪ Maybe I know

♪ Can't help lovin'

that man of mine ♪

♪ When he goes away,

that's a rainy day ♪

♪ And when he comes back,

that day is fine ♪

♪ The sun will shine

♪ He can come home

as late as can be ♪

♪ Home without him

ain't no home to me ♪

♪ Can't help lovin'

that man of mine ♪

♪ When he goes away,

that's a rainy day ♪

♪ And when he comes back,

that day is fine ♪

♪ The sun will shine

♪ He can come home

as late as can be ♪

♪ Home without him

ain't no home to me ♪

♪ Can't help lovin'

that man of mine ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

>> ♪ He's a fool,

and don't I know it? ♪

♪ But a fool can have his

charms ♪

♪ I'm in love

and don't I show it? ♪

♪ Like a babe in arms

♪ Love's the same old sad

sensation ♪

♪ Lately, I've not slept a

wink ♪

♪ Since this half-pint

imitation ♪

♪ Put me on the blink

[ Laughs ]

♪ I'm wild again

♪ Beguiled again

♪ A simpering, whimpering child

again ♪

♪ Bewitched, bothered, and

bewildered am I ♪

♪ Couldn't sleep

and wouldn't sleep ♪

♪ Until I could sleep where I

shouldn't sleep ♪

♪ Bewitched, bothered, and

bewildered am I ♪

♪ When he talks, he is seeking

♪ Words to get off his chest

♪ Horizontally speaking

♪ He's at his very best

[ Laughs ]

♪ Vexed again

♪ Perplexed again

♪ Thank God I can be over-sexed

again ♪

♪ Bewitched, bothered, and

bewildered am I ♪

♪ Sweet again

♪ Petite again

♪ And on my proverbial seat

again ♪

♪ Bewitched, bothered, and

bewildered am I ♪

♪ What am I?

♪ Half shot am I

♪ To think that he loves me,

so hot am I ♪

♪ Bewitched, bothered, and

bewildered am I ♪

♪ Lost my heart, but what of

it? ♪

♪ My mistake, I agree

♪ He's a laugh, but I love it

♪ Because the laugh's on me

♪ I'm numb again

♪ And dumb again

♪ A rich, ready, ripe little

plum again ♪

♪ Bewitched

♪ Bothered

♪ And bewildered

♪ Am I

♪ Bewitched

♪ Bothered

♪ And bewildered

♪ Am I

[ Applause ]

>> As we just saw,

Richard Rodgers and

Oscar Hammerstein were

incredibly successful long

before they formed the theater's

greatest songwriting team.

Ironically, though, they started

collaborating together because

neither of their previous

partners wanted to work on

adapting a play called

"Green Grow the Lilacs," which

would eventually become a

musical called "Oklahoma!"

Over the next two decades, they

would write a string of shows

and songs that would become

known as the golden age of both

the Broadway musical and the

American Songbook.

>> ♪ Don't throw

bouquets at me ♪

♪ Don't please

my folks too much ♪

♪ Don't laugh

at my jokes too much ♪

♪ People will say we're in

love ♪

>> ♪ If I loved you

♪ Off you would go in the mist

of day ♪

♪ Never, never to know

how I loved you ♪

♪ If...

>> ♪ I'm as trite and as gay as

a daisy in May ♪

♪ A cliché comin' true

♪ I'm bromidic and bright as a

moon-happy night ♪

♪ Pourin' light on the dew

>> ♪ Do I love you because

you're beautiful? ♪

♪ Or are you beautiful because I

love you? ♪

>> ♪ Do I want you because

you're wonderful? ♪

♪ Or are you wonderful

because...♪

>> ♪ I have dreamed

♪ That your arms are lovely

♪ I have dreamed

♪ What a joy you'll be

♪ I have dreamed

♪ Every word you'll whisper

♪ When you're close

♪ Close to me

>> ♪ How you look

♪ In the glow of evening

♪ I have dreamed

♪ And enjoyed the view

>> ♪ In these dreams, I've loved

you so ♪

♪ That by now I think I know

♪ What it's like to be loved by

you ♪

♪ Loved by you

♪ I will love being loved by

you ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> ♪ Blossom of snow

♪ May you bloom and grow

♪ Bloom and grow forever

♪ Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

♪ Mmmmm-mm-mmm

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Bless our homeland

As Michael just explained, this

was the last song that

Oscar Hammerstein wrote before

he passed away.

And it was written for a musical

called "The Sound of Music."

And in the space of that musical

and this time, the song is

presented as a song of love and

a song of hope and a song of

peace for a country that is in

crisis.

I offer this as a prayer to you

this evening, because we need it

now more than ever.

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Every morning, you greet me

♪ Oh

♪ Small and white

♪ Clean and bright

♪ You look happy to meet me

♪ Oh, oh

♪ Blossom of snow

♪ May you bloom and grow

♪ Bloom and grow forever

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Oh, oh

♪ Blossom of snow

♪ May you bloom and grow

♪ Bloom and grow forever

♪ Forever

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Edelweiss

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Bless our homeland forever

♪ Bless our homeland

♪ Bless our homeland

♪ Edelweiss

[ Applause ]

>> Beautiful.

>> This series has been

privileged to have dozens of

amazing performers grace our

stage.

On two occasions, though, we

hosted the cream of today's

finest theatrical songwriters.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

took us on a wonderful

journey that began their

Tony Award-winning musical

"Hairspray."

And Stephen Schwartz showed us a

wicked good time and proved that

he still has plenty of magic to

give.

[ Applause ]

>> Oh, oh, oh, woke up today ♪

♪ Feeling the way I always do

♪ Oh, oh, oh, hungry for

something that I can't eat ♪

♪ Then I hear the beat

♪ The rhythm of town keeps

calling me down ♪

♪ It's like a message from high

above ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to

the smiles and the streets that

I love ♪

♪ Good morning, Baltimore

♪ Every day's like an open

door ♪

♪ Every night's like a fantasy

♪ Every sound's like a

symphony ♪

♪ Good morning, Baltimore

♪ And someday, when I take to

the floor ♪

♪ The world's gonna wake up and

see ♪

♪ Baltimore and me

♪ Oh, oh, oh, look at my hair

♪ What do can compare to mine

today? ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, I've got my

hairspray and radio ♪

♪ I'm ready to go

♪ The rats on the street all

dance 'round my feet ♪

♪ They seem to say, "Tracy, it's

up to you" ♪

♪ So, oh, oh, don't hold me

back, 'cause today, all my

dreams will come true ♪

♪ Good morning, Baltimore

♪ There's the flasher who lives

next door ♪

♪ There's the bum on his barroom

stool ♪

♪ They wish me luck on my way to

school ♪

♪ Good morning, Baltimore

♪ And someday, when I take to

the floor ♪

♪ The world's gonna wake up and

see ♪

♪ Baltimore and me

♪ I know every step

♪ I know every song

♪ I know there's a place where I

belong ♪

♪ I see all those party lights

shining ahead ♪

♪ So someone invite me before I

drop dead ♪

♪ So, oh, oh, give me a chance

♪ 'Cause when I start to dance,

I'm a movie star ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, something inside

of me makes me move ♪

♪ When I hear that groove

♪ My mom tells me "no,"

but my feet tell me "go!" ♪

♪ It's like a drummer inside my

heart ♪

♪ So, oh, oh, don't make me

wait one more moment for my life

to start ♪

♪ I love you, Baltimore

♪ Every day's like an open

door ♪

♪ Every night is a fantasy

♪ Every sound's like a

symphony ♪

♪ And I promise, Baltimore

♪ That someday, when I take to

the floor ♪

♪ The world's gonna wake up and

see ♪

♪ Gonna wake up and see

♪ Baltimore and me

♪ Baltimore and me

♪ Baltimore and me

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> ♪ Once upon a time, girl,

I was just like you ♪

♪ Never let my extra-large

largesse shine through ♪

♪ Hair was brown and nappy,

never had no fun ♪

♪ I hid under a bushel, which is

easier said than done ♪

♪ Then, one day, my grandma, who

was big and stout ♪

♪ She said, "You gotta love

yourself from inside out ♪

♪ And just as soon as I learned

how to strut my funky stuff ♪

♪ I found out that the world at

large can't get enough, so... ♪

♪ Bring on that pecan pie

♪ Pour some sugar on it,

Sugar, don't be shy ♪

♪ Scoop me up a mess of that

chocolate swirl ♪

♪ Don't be stingy,

I'm a growing girl ♪

♪ I offer big love with no

apology ♪

♪ How could I deny the world the

most of me? ♪

♪ I am not afraid to throw my

weight around ♪

♪ Pound by pound by pound

♪ Because I'm

big, blond, and beautiful ♪

♪ There is nothin' about me

that's unsuitable ♪

♪ No one wants a meal that only

offers the least ♪

♪ When baby's servin' up the

whole damn feast ♪

♪ Slice off a piece of that

hoghead cheese ♪

♪ Then take a look inside my

book of recipes ♪

♪ Now, don't you sniff around

for something fluffy and light ♪

♪ I need a man who brings a

man-sized appetite ♪

♪ I'll use a pinch of sugar and

a dash of spice ♪

♪ I'll let ya lick the spoon

because it tastes so nice ♪

♪ I'll put it in the oven till

it's good... ♪

Oh, I feel like Ellen DeGeneres.

♪ Till I hit the spot

♪ Because I'm

big, blond, and beautiful ♪

♪ It's time to face the fact,

it's irrefutable ♪

♪ No one wants some skinny girl,

twiggy as can be ♪

♪ When, baby, you can climb the

whole tree ♪

♪ So look no further,

Mr. Chapin ♪

♪ Try to get your arms around

me ♪

♪ Oh-oh-oh, oh

♪ Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa

♪ Oh, yeah

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

♪ Oh, yeah

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> ♪ A painter needs no reason

♪ To make a thing of art

♪ Yes, there's no switch to stop

and start the flow ♪

♪ A gardener has a season

♪ His green thumb and his

heart ♪

♪ Don't ask the man, "Why does

your garden grow?" ♪

♪ A poet sits for hours

♪ With words upon his tongue

♪ He can not help but rhyme his

doom and gloom ♪

♪ So, if you taste my flowers

♪ You'll see that I'm among

♪ That certain group

♪ That lucky troupe

♪ For whom

it's simply second nature ♪

♪ To wish away the gray

♪ To take a licorice stick

and make a tree ♪

♪ Yes, there's no rhyme or

reason ♪

♪ I was simply made this way

♪ What's strange to you is

natural to me ♪

♪ It's simply second nature

♪ To paint outside the lines

♪ It merely is the way that I

was born ♪

♪ You see, I've been selected

♪ To create the unexpected

♪ And make each day feel just

like Christmas morn ♪

♪ Picasso took a torso and

turned it on it's head ♪

♪ It wasn't right or wrong,

it's what he felt ♪

♪ And Dalí, even more so, would

positively dread ♪

♪ Explaining why his

Hands of Time should melt ♪

♪ And me, I take sweet honey

♪ And make a tasteful rose

♪ What can I say?

♪ It's simply what I do

♪ Some men make pots of money

♪ They're happy, I suppose

♪ But be grateful that for just

a lucky few ♪

♪ It's simply second nature

♪ To see what isn't there

♪ The mind is such a wonder to

explore ♪

♪ And though some nights, I

dread ♪

♪ All the voices in my head

♪ I'd rather be this way than be

a bore ♪

♪ It's simply second nature

♪ To dream of something new

♪ Then wake on fire and try to

sculpt each day ♪

♪ It's no blessing

♪ It's a curse

♪ Wait

♪ No, strike that

♪ And reverse

♪ We wouldn't have it any

another way ♪

[ Applause ]

>> Thank you.

>> ♪ Day by day

♪ Day by day

♪ Oh, dear Lord

♪ Three things I pray

♪ To see thee more clearly

♪ Love thee more dearly

♪ Follow thee more nearly

♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Day by day

♪ Oh, dear Lord

♪ Three things I pray

>> ♪ Three things I pray

>> ♪ To see thee more clearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Love thee more dearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Oh, oh, see thee more

clearly ♪

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Love thee more nearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ See thee more clearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Love thee more nearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Oh, oh, see thee

more clearly ♪

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Love thee more dearly

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Follow thee more nearly

♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Day by day

>> ♪ Day by day by day by day

by day ♪♪

>> ♪ When you feel sad

♪ Or under a curse

♪ Your life is bad

♪ Your prospects are worse

♪ Your wife is sighing, crying

♪ And your olive tree is dying

♪ Temples are graying

and teeth are decaying

and creditors

weighing your purse ♪

♪ Your mood and your robe

are both a deep blue ♪

♪ You'd bet that Job

had nothing on you ♪

♪ Don't forget that when you

get to heaven,

you'll be blessed ♪

♪ Yes, it's all for the best

>> ♪ Some men are born to live

at ease, doing what they please,

richer than the bees are

in honey ♪

♪ Never growing old,

never feeling cold,

pulling pots of gold

from thin air ♪

♪ The best in every town,

best at shaking down,

best at making mountains

of money ♪

♪ They can't take it with them,

but what do they care? ♪

♪ They get the center

of the meat, cushions on the

seat, houses on the street

where it's sunny ♪

♪ Summers by the sea,

winters warm and free,

all of this

and we get the rest ♪

♪ But who is the land for?

The sun and the sand for? ♪

♪ You guessed,

it's all for the ♪

>> ♪ You must never

be distressed ♪

>> ♪ Yes, it's all for the

>> ♪ You'll get blessings,

you'll get blessed ♪

>> ♪ Yes, it's all for the

>> ♪ Someone's got to be

oppressed ♪

>> ♪ Yes, it's all for

the best ♪♪

>> ♪ So, if you care

to find me ♪

♪ Look to the Western sky

♪ As someone told me lately,

everyone deserves

the chance to fly ♪

♪ And if I'm flying solo

♪ At least I'm flying free

♪ To those who'd ground me

♪ Take a message back from me

♪ Tell them how I

am defying gravity ♪

♪ I'm flying high

♪ Defying gravity

♪ I will match them in renown ♪

>> ♪ Popular

♪ You're gonna be popular

♪ I'll teach you the proper

poise ♪

♪ When you talk to boys

♪ Little ways

to flirt and flounce ♪

♪ Oh, I'll show you what shoes

to wear ♪

♪ How to fix your hair

♪ Everything that really counts

to be popular ♪

♪ I know about popular

♪ And with an assist from me

to be who you'll be ♪

♪ Instead of dreary

who you were -- well, are ♪

♪ Nothing that can stop you

♪ From becoming popu-ler

>> ♪ Lar

>> ♪ La La La La

♪ You'll be popular

♪ Just not quite as popular

as me ♪♪

>> ♪ Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo

>> ♪ Join us

♪ Leave your field to flower

♪ Join us

♪ Leave your cheese to sour

♪ Join us

♪ Come and waste

an hour or two ♪

>> ♪ Doodly-doo

>> ♪ Journey

♪ Journey to a spot

exciting ♪

♪ Mystic and exotic

♪ Journey through

our anecdotic revue ♪

>> ♪ We've got magic to do

just for you ♪

♪ We've got miracle plays

to play ♪

♪ We've got parts to perform,

hearts to warm ♪

♪ Kings and things

to take by storm ♪

♪ As we go along our way

>> ♪ We've got magic to do

>> ♪ Magic to do

>> ♪ Magic to do

>> ♪ Magic to do

>> ♪ Magic to do

>> ♪ Magic to play

♪ We got foibles and fables

to portray ♪

♪ As we go along

>> ♪ Our way ♪

>> It's hard to believe that

it's been 60 years since

"West Side Story" first opened

on Broadway, with lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim.

If Sondheim's mentor,

Oscar Hammerstein II, helped

revolutionize the Broadway

theater, Sondheim helped to

redefine it.

No composer or lyricist has

tackled more diverse or

controversial topics than

Stephen Sondheim, from

"Assassins" and

"A Little Night Music" to

"Sweeney Todd" and "Sunday in

the Park with George," he has

won eight Tony Awards, which is

more than any other composer.

And his music will always have a

preeminent place as part of the

Great American Songbook.

[ Applause ]

>> ♪ Sometimes, people leave

you ♪

♪ Halfway through the wood

♪ Others may deceive you

♪ You decide what's good

♪ You decide alone

♪ But no one is alone

>> ♪ People make mistakes

♪ Fathers, mothers,

people make mistakes ♪

♪ Holding to their own

♪ Thinking they're alone

>> ♪ Honor their mistakes

♪ Everybody makes

♪ One another's

terrible mistakes ♪

♪ Witches can be right

>> ♪ Giants can be good

>> ♪ You decide what's right

>> ♪ You decide what's good

>> ♪ Just remember

>> ♪ Just remember

>> ♪ Someone is on your side

>> ♪ Someone is on your side

>> ♪ Someone else is not

>> ♪ Someone else is not

>> ♪ While you're seeing

your side ♪

>> ♪ Our side

♪ Maybe you forgot

♪ They are not alone

♪ No one is alone

>> ♪ Hard to see the light now

>> ♪ Hard to see the light now

>> ♪ Just don't let it go

>> ♪ Just don't let it go

>> ♪ Things will turn out

right now ♪

>> ♪ We can make it so

♪ Someone is on your side

>> ♪ No one is alone ♪

>> ♪ Isn't it rich?

♪ Are we a pair?

♪ Me here at last on the

ground ♪

♪ You in mid-air

♪ Send in the clowns

♪ Isn't it bliss?

♪ Don't you approve?

♪ One who keeps tearing 'round

♪ One who can't move

♪ And where are the clowns?

♪ Send in the clowns

♪ Just when I stopped opening

doors ♪

♪ Finally knowing the one that I

wanted was yours ♪

♪ Making my entrance again with

my usual flair ♪

♪ Sure of my lines

♪ No one is there

♪ Don't you love farce?

♪ My fault, I fear

♪ I thought that you'd want what

I want ♪

♪ Sorry, my dear

♪ And where are the clowns?

♪ Quick, send in the clowns

♪ Don't bother, they're here

♪ Isn't it rich?

♪ Isn't it queer?

♪ Losing my timing this late

♪ In my career

♪ And where are the clowns?

♪ There ought to be clowns

♪ Well, maybe next year

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

>> The "American Songbook at

NJPAC series is presented in

part through the generous

support of...

Support for this broadcast is

provided by...

>> ♪ What a joy you'll be

♪ I have dreamed

♪ Every word you'll whisper

♪ When you're close

♪ Close to me

>> ♪ How you look

♪ In the glow of evening

♪ I have dreamed

♪ And enjoyed the view

>> ♪ In these dreams, I've loved

you so ♪

♪ That by now I think I know

♪ What it's like to be loved by

you ♪

♪ Loved by you

♪ I will love being loved by

you ♪

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