American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein

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Andrea McArdle, Jared Grimes, Rachel York, and Julia Goodwin

Michael Feinstein entertains and converses with Andrea McArdle (the original "Annie"), tap dancer Jared Grimes, Rachel York and Songbook Youth Ambassador Julia Goodwin. Highlights include memorable renditions of “Tomorrow”, “Being Alive”, “Without a Song” and “I Get a Kick Out of You”.

AIRED: February 22, 2017 | 0:58:00
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>> Announcer: Coming up on this

episode of "American Songbook at

NJPAC Hosted by

Michael Feinstein"...

>> ♪ Broadway rhythm,

it's got me ♪

♪ Everybody, dance

>> Announcer: ...joining Michael

in song and dynamic dialogue is

the Tony-nominated star who

originated the role of Annie in

the Broadway musical --

Andrea McArdle...

>> ♪ Tomorrow, tomorrow

♪ I love ya, tomorrow

>> Announcer: ...a young and

vibrant entertainer who has

performed alongside legends like

Wynton Marsalis and

Gregory Hines while making his

own mark in tap, hip-hop, and

street jazz -- Jared Grimes...

>> ♪ Mere alcohol

doesn't thrill me at all ♪

>> Announcer: ...and the

Drama Desk Award winner for her

role in the Broadway production

of "Victor/Victoria", the

multitalented Rachel York.

>> ♪ That I get a kick

out of you ♪

>> ♪ It's best to leave...

>> Announcer: The

"American Songbook at NJPAC"

series is presented in part

through the generous support

of...

Support for this broadcast is

provided by...

And now from the New Jersey

Performing Arts Center in the

Victoria Theater, your host,

the ambassador of

the Great American Songbook,

Michael Feinstein.

[ "Without a Song" plays ]

>> ♪ Without a song,

the day would never end ♪

♪ Without a song,

the road would never bend ♪

♪ When things go wrong,

a man ain't got a friend ♪

♪ Without a song

♪ That field of corn

would never see a plow ♪

♪ That field of corn

would be deserted now ♪

♪ A man is born,

but he's no good no how ♪

♪ Without a song

♪ I've got my trouble and woe

♪ But sure as I know,

the Jordan will roll ♪

♪ I'll get along as long as a

song is strong in my soul ♪

♪ I'll never know

what makes the rain to fall ♪

♪ I'll never know

what makes that grass so tall ♪

♪ I only know

there ain't no love at all ♪

♪ Without a song

♪ Without a song,

the day would never end ♪

♪ Without a song,

the road would never bend ♪

♪ When things go wrong,

a man ain't got a friend ♪

♪ Without a song

♪ That field of corn

would never see a plow ♪

♪ That field of corn

would be deserted now ♪

♪ A man is born,

but he's no good no how ♪

♪ Without a song

♪ I've got my trouble and woe

♪ But sure as I know,

the Jordan will roll ♪

♪ I'll get along as long as a

song is strong in my soul ♪

♪ I'll never know

what makes the rain to fall ♪

♪ I'll never know

what makes that grass so tall ♪

♪ I only know

the grass will grow ♪

♪ And time will show

there ain't no love at all ♪

♪ Without a so-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng

[ Cheers and applause ]

Good evening, ladies and

gentlemen.

Welcome to NJPAC, the New Jersey

Performing Arts Center.

I am Michael Feinstein.

I am so honored to be with you

tonight to host this

"American Songbook" series.

Tonight's show is entitled,

"Broadway Broads and

Classy Crooners."

I'll leave it to you to decide

which one of those that I am.

Uh, we do have an incredible

lineup of wonderful artists for

you tonight.

They are incredible music

makers, and we hope that you

will discover a little bit more

about them with our conversation

in addition to their incredible

art.

We've added some extra elements

to bring out the unexpected from

our guests.

Please say hello to our guests.

[ Applause ]

♪♪

Mwah!

Hello, everybody. How are you?

>> Hello. Good. Thank you.

>> It's so great to be with you.

Thank you for being part of our

"American Songbook" series.

Now, what we do on this program,

we have this little bowl over

here, which is called

the bowl of truth.

>> Let's start off with that

one, right off the bat.

[ Laughs ]

>> That's right.

Well, you see what -- what we do

is this gives us questions that

I don't know about.

It's something that's completely

spontaneous, so you pick and

then I read it and then you

answer mellifluously,

brilliantly.

No pressure, no pressure.

>> No pressure.

>> No pressure.

>> Got it.

>> Sound like Paula,

"No pressure."

>> Oh, Paula.

>> All right.

So, Rachel, would you be the

first since you are in closest

proximity?

>> Oh, sure.

Eh...

I want a short one.

[ Laughs ] Here I go.

>> The three of you got me.

I'm pretty short.

>> I know, right?

>> Ah, don't look, don't look.

>> Oh, I don't look at it?

Okay, sorry, sorry.

>> I read it to you because the

tension mounts that way.

>> Okay. Okay.

>> So, when working on a project

with someone whose artist vision

does not align with yours, what

tactics would you use to

generate the best result?

Other than calling your agent.

[ Laughter ]

"Get me out of here."

>> I would probably -- I would

kill them with kindness.

>> Hmm.

Yeah, that's good.

Have you been in that situation?

>> Um, I don't think so too

much.

I mean, I tend to get along

with -- with most of the people

that I work with.

And if for some reason there is

some weird energy, I usually try

to skirt around it.

>> So, you are about to embark

on a 10-city tour.

>> Yes!

>> H-How do you -- Do you like

touring, I should ask?

Because everyone has different

emotions about it.

>> Well, it's a different kind

of tour.

I've done Broadway national

tours.

I did the Broadway national tour

of "Kiss Me, Kate" and

"Anything Goes" and I also did

"101 Dalmatians."

This is a differ-- This is a

symphony tour.

Some of the symphonies are

Broadway songs, and then there's

a couple of James Bond themed

concerts that I do.

>> Rachel, I'd love to ask you

to grace us with your dulcet

tones.

Would you sing something for us?

>> I would. I would.

It's a song that's a Cole Porter

song I --

>> I've heard of him.

>> Yes.

He's one of my favorites.

So, yes, I'd love to.

>> If you please, ladies and

gentlemen, Rachel York.

>> Thank you.

[ Applause ]

[ "I Get A Kick Out Of You"

plays ]

♪ 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 it's 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 yo-o-o-u ♪

[ Applause ]

>> Thank you.

>> Beautiful.

>> Thank you so much.

>> That was really great,

really great.

>> Thank you.

>> I-I loved hearing a fresh

interpretation of that song.

Now, do you do an impression of

Ethel Merman?

'Cause I hear you do many

impressions.

>> You know, I never tried her.

I could try her right now.

I have no idea what would

happen, but, no, I do a lot of

impressions --

vocal impressions.

I grew up -- they were like my

vocal teachers these types of --

these inspirations to me were my

vocal teachers.

Julie Andrews I had the pleasure

of performing with twice, in

a show called

"Putting it Together."

Sondheim -- Stephen Sondheim's

"Putting it Together."

>> I saw it and loved it.

>> Yes!

And that was her -- that was her

stage -- her comeback to the

stage at the time.

And we shared a dressing room,

and it was amazing.

She's exactly the way you would

hope she would be.

She's so gracious and lovely.

>> So do an impression of her in

the dressing room.

Or whatever.

>> Well, you know, sometimes --

I was -- she called me cheeky.

And there were times when she

would come to work and she would

say [As Julie Andrews]

"Oh, Rachel, I don't know if I

can go on today.

I'm just exhausted."

[ Laughter ]

[ Normal voice ] And I would

say, "Julie, am I gonna have to

sing the song?"

[ As Julie Andrews ] "Oh, no,

Rachel, please.

Oh, please."

[ Normal voice ] And so it would

be [As Julie]

♪ Oh, It's a jolly holiday with

Julie ♪

♪ Julie makes your heart

so light ♪

>> Whoo!

[ Applause ]

Please, would you -- would you

do some more musical lines?

>> [ Normal voice ] Sure, sure,

sure.

So...

So this next number is a sort of

tribute to one of my

inspirations.

One of my -- these vocal

impressions have kind of come in

handy in my career, and in fact,

when I auditioned for

"City of Angels," which was my

first Broadway show,

it really helped me, because

they said that they were looking

for a Marilyn Monroe type.

[ As Marilyn Monroe] So I did my

best to give them what they

wanted.

And what do you know?

I got the part.

[ Laughter ]

[ Normal voice ] So I thought I

would sing a song that sort of

honors Marilyn.

And along with another song that

was made famous by one of my

very favorite divas --

Shirley Bassey.

[ "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best

Friend" plays ]

♪ The French are glad to

die for love ♪

♪ They delight

in fighting duels ♪

♪ But I prefer a man who lives

♪ And gives expensive jewels

♪ A kiss on the hand

♪ May be quite continental

♪ But diamonds are

a girl's best friend ♪

♪ A kiss may be grand

♪ But it won't pay the rental

on your humble flat ♪

♪ Or help you

feed your pussycat ♪

♪ Men grow cold

as girls grow old ♪

♪ And we all lose our charms

in the end ♪

♪ But square-cut

or pear-shaped ♪

♪ These rocks won't lose

their shape ♪

♪ Diamonds are

a girl's best friend ♪

[ "Diamonds Are Forever" plays ]

♪ Diamonds are forever

♪ They are all I need

to please me ♪

♪ They can stimulate

and tease me ♪

They won't leave in the night,

I've so fear that they might

desert me ♪

♪ Diamonds are forever

♪ Hold one up

and then caress it ♪

♪ Touch it, stroke it,

and undress it ♪

♪ I can see every part,

nothing hides in the heart

to hurt me ♪

♪ I don't need love

♪ For what good

will love do me? ♪

♪ Diamonds never lie to me

♪ For when love's gone,

they are lasting on ♪

♪ Diamonds are forever,

forever, forever ♪

♪ Diamonds are forever,

forever, forever ♪

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Rachel York!

>> Fun, guys. Thank you.

I love those guys. [ Laughs ]

>> I hope someday you'll learn

enthusiasm.

[ Laughs ]

That was great.

>> Thank you.

>> Well, Andrea, are you ready

for our "Bowl of Truth"?

>> Let's go, let's go.

>> ♪ Life is just a bowl

of cherries ♪

[ Wind chimes jingle ]

>> There you go.

>> This is another long one.

>> I'm frightened.

>> Oh, don't be frightened.

>> Okay.

>> When you feel the urge to be

healthy and have to choose

between a salad and

Chinese food, what thought

crosses your mind before you

inevitably reach for

General Tso's chicken?

>> Well, I would almost always,

quite frankly, pick

the Chinese food.

But what goes through my mind?

Maybe I would try to have some

steamed broccoli with it or the

saladand have the Chinese food.

>> To make it...

>> So I'm just a hedonist

by nature.

>> Well, I'm a vegan, so I

haven't had animal like in 14-15

years.

>> Good for you.

>> Wow.

>> Good for you.

>> I'd love to ask you to sing

something for us now.

And we'll continue with some

conversation.

Andrea McArdle, ladies and

gentlemen.

Yay!

[ "Tomorrow" plays ]

>> ♪ The sun'll come out

tomorrow ♪

♪ Bet your bottom dollar

that tomorrow ♪

♪ There'll be sun

♪ Just thinkin' about tomorrow

♪ Clears away the cobwebs

and the sorrow ♪

♪ Till there's none

♪ When I'm stuck with a day

that's grey and lonely ♪

♪ I just stick up my chin

and grin and say ♪

♪ Oh

♪ Oh, the sun'll come out

tomorrow ♪

♪ So you gotta hang on

till tomorrow come what may ♪

♪ Tomorrow, tomorrow,

I love ya, tomorrow ♪

♪ You're only a day away

♪ When I'm stuck with a day

that's grey and lonely ♪

♪ I just stick up my chin

and grin and say ♪

♪ Oh

♪ Oh, the sun'll come out

tomorrow ♪

♪ So you got to hang on

till tomorrow, come what may ♪

♪ Tomorrow, tomorrow,

I love ya, tomorrow ♪

♪ You're only a day away

♪ Tomorrow, tomorrow,

I love ya, tomorrow ♪

♪ You're only a day

awa-a-a-y ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Andrea McArdle, ladies and

gentlemen.

>> That woke me up.

>> I have to say it is such a

seminal thrill hearing you sing

that because it's something

that's so part of our collective

hearts.

So thank you for giving us the

gift of doing that.

>> You're very welcome.

>> It's really something.

>> I didn't realize what a gift

it was to have a signature song,

especially your first show out

before you're voting.

It'll be 40 years this

April 21st.

>> Wow, that's fantastic.

>> Wow.

>> Yeah.

>> So it'll be the 45th year in

show business as a professional.

>> Your 45th year in show

business?

>> 45th year.

>> Now, Jared, what age did you

start in show business?

I guess your first

professional job.

>> Ooh, uh.

I started tap dancing when I was

three, and I guess my first...

Hmm. Okay, cool.

When I was nine years old, I

performed on

"Showtime at the Apollo."

And I was like eight going on

nine, but I guess it was more of

a competition to me so I didn't

consider it like a professional

job, although we did get paid

for it.

>> Did you win?

>> I did not. I did not win.

I remember a young girl --

usually when you go in the

Apollo and you sing a gospel

song, you're gonna win.

[ Laughter ]

And so sure enough, I did

"Sweet Georgia Brown" with some

red Converse on and some taps

under them, and I was like,

"This is gonna be so good."

And she came out and she hit the

gospel and it got me, it got me.

>> Did she do "Sweet Georgia

Brown" gospel?

>> She did not. She did not.

She sang really well, too.

That was like one of the first

times that I actually lost

something, and I think the rush

of winning an audience over, the

rush of winning yourself over,

living up to your standards,

living up to your mom's, your

stage mom's -- my mom was

definitely a dance mom.

>> [ Laughs ]

>> Living up to her standards

and even my dad.

Anything that I would do, my dad

would just love.

I could fall over and start

crying on stage, and he would be

like, "But he was crying in

rhythm -- he was crying in

rhythm."

[ Laughter ]

So... [ Laughs ]

>> Would you please indulge in

some terpsichore right now?

>> Yes, sir. Love to.

>> Mr. Jared Grimes.

[ Tap shoes clicking ]

[ Up-tempo music plays ]

>> Hey.

Yeah, hey, y'all.

Hey!

Huh.

Yeah.

Ah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Huh.

Yup.

Hey.

[ Tempo slows ]

I hear you.

♪ Won't you take this advice?

♪ I hand you like a brother

♪ Or are you not seeing

things too clear ♪

♪ Are you too much

in love to hear ♪

♪ Is it all going in one ear

and out the other? ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Jared Grimes.

>> Yay!

>> No wonder why you were

talking so fast.

>> That was thrilling.

>> Completely.

>> Do you know who the first tap

dancer was to invent the modern

style of tapping on the heel and

toe?

'Cause Bill Robinson just did

this, you know, who invent--

>> Yeah Bill Robinson kind of

pioneered dancing on the balls

of his feet, which is a very

upright style.

Dat-do-do dat-do-do.

La-la-la-la la-la-la-la...

>> Right.

>> All that stuff.

And John Bubbles was who they

say pioneered dropping to the

heels.

>> He was my dear friend.

>> Oh, my goodness, that's

crazy!

That's amazing.

>> And he told me, he said,

"I invented modern tap dancing."

And he did, he absolutely did.

>> Syncopation with the heels

really took tap dancing to the

threshold.

>> Well, I've discovered a new

axiom in show business -- never

follow dogs, children, or

Jared Grimes.

[ Chuckling ]

>> That's true.

>> However, Rachel --

>> Great.

[ Laughter ]

>> We discovered that we

have a love for a particular

song that I would enjoy singing

with you.

So shall we move to the...

and sing?

>> Let's do that.

[ Applause ]

[ "I'd Rather Leave While I'm

in Love" plays ]

>> ♪ I'd rather leave

while I'm in love ♪

♪ While I still believe

the meaning of the word ♪

♪ I'll keep my dreams

and just pretend ♪

♪ That you and I

were never meant to end ♪

>> ♪ Too many times I've seen

the rose die on the vine ♪

♪ Somebody's heart gets broken

♪ Usually it's mine

♪ I don't want to take the

chance of being hurt again ♪

>> ♪ And you and I

can't say good-bye ♪

♪ So if you wake

and find me gone ♪

♪ Hey, babe, just carry on

♪ You see, I need my fantasy

♪ I still believe

it's best to leave

while I'm in love ♪

♪ Too many times I've seen

the rose die on the vine ♪

♪ Somebody's heart gets broken

♪ Usually it's mine

♪ I don't want to take

the chance of being hurt again ♪

♪ And you and I

can't say good-bye ♪

♪ So if you wake

and find me gone ♪

♪ Hey, babe, just carry on

♪ You see I need my fantasy

♪ I still believe

it's best to leave

while I'm in love ♪

♪ I'd rather leave

while I'm in

lo-o-o-o-ve ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Rachel York, ladies and

gentlemen.

[ Applause continues ]

>> Great job.

>> Thank you, gentlemen.

>> Andrea, as a performer who

started so young, is there

something that you would tell

young performers that you wished

someone had told you when you

were beginning?

>> I think that everybody's

journey -- you just have to

follow your own journey.

And I always tell kids that

there's nothing like, to me,

there's nothing like theater as

a foundation.

Because it teaches you to be

self-sufficient, it teaches you

to take care of yourself.

And everything about that just

really was attractive to me.

>> That's great.

Would you do some more songs for

us?

Andrea McArdle, ladies and

gentlemen. Yay.

[ Applause ]

[ "Fallin'" plays ]

>> ♪ I'm afraid to fly

and I don't know why ♪

♪ I'm jealous of the people who

are not afraid to die ♪

♪ It's just that I recall

♪ Back when I was small

♪ Someone promised

that they'd catch me ♪

♪ Then they'd let me fall

♪ And now I'm fallin',

fallin' fast again ♪

♪ Why do I always take a fall

when I fall in love? ♪

♪ You'd think by now I'd learn

♪ Play with fire,

you get burned ♪

♪ But fire can be oh, so warm

♪ That's why I return

♪ Turn and walk away

♪ That's what I should do

♪ My head says go

and find the door ♪

♪ My heart says I've found you

♪ And now I'm fallin',

fallin' fast again ♪

♪ Why do I always take a fall

when I fall in love? ♪

♪ It always turns out the same

♪ Lovin' someone,

losin' myself ♪

♪ Only got me to blame

♪ Help me I'm fallin'

♪ Fallin'

♪ Catch me if you can

♪ Maybe this time

I'll have it all ♪

♪ Maybe I'll make it

after all ♪

♪ Maybe this time I won't fall

♪ When I fall in love

[ "Being Alive" plays ]

♪ Somebody hold me too close

♪ Somebody hurt me too deep

♪ Somebody sit in my chair

and ruin my sleep

and make me aware

of being alive ♪

♪ Being alive

♪ Somebody need me too much

♪ Somebody know me too well

♪ Somebody pull me up short

and put me through hell ♪

♪ And give me support

for being alive ♪

♪ Make me alive

♪ Make me alive

♪ Make me confused

♪ Mock me with praise

♪ Let me be used

♪ Vary my days

♪ But alone is alone,

not alive ♪

♪ Somebody crowd me with love

♪ Somebody force me to care

♪ Somebody help me

come through ♪

♪ I'll always be there,

as frightened as you ♪

♪ To help us survive

being alive ♪

♪ Being alive

♪ Being alive

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Andrea McArdle.

[ Applause fades ]

>> I love hearing Sondheim.

He is just extraordinary.

One of the things that interests

me about Stephen Sondheim is

that it took a while for him to

become iconic in the general

world of music.

Certainly he has been revered

for many years and there are a

number of his contemporaries

who are still with us --

John Kander, of course.

And the great Jerry Herman.

And Jerry is a friend of mine

who I consider to be such a

great, amazing talent who also

writes words and music.

This is a song from

"Mack & Mabel," which is my

favorite Jerry Herman show and

score.

When I told Jerry that this was

my favorite song of all those

that he had written he said,

"What a coincidence."

He said, "It's also mine."

[ Applause ]

[ "I Won't Send Roses" plays ]

♪ I won't send roses

♪ Or hold the door

♪ I won't remember

♪ Which dress you wore

♪ My heart is too much

in control ♪

♪ The lack of romance in my soul

will turn you grey, kid ♪

♪ So stay away, kid

♪ Forget my shoulder

when you're in need ♪

♪ Forgetting birthdays

is guaranteed ♪

♪ And should I love you,

you would be the last to know ♪

♪ I won't send roses

♪ And roses suit you so

♪ My pace is frantic,

my temper, cross ♪

♪ With words romantic

I'm at a loss ♪

♪ I'd be the first one to agree

that I'm preoccupied with me ♪

♪ And it's inbred, kid

♪ So keep your head, kid

♪ In me you'll find things

like guts and nerve ♪

♪ But not the kind things

that you deserve ♪

♪ And so while there's

a fighting chance ♪

♪ Just turn and go

♪ I won't send roses

and roses suit you

so-o-o ♪

[ Applause ]

Thank you very much.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am very

proud to be part of an

organization called the Great

American Songbook Foundation.

As you might suspect from the

title, our purpose is to keep

alive that incredible body of

work that started in the 20th

century and continues through

the present day and on and on

because it continues to find

songs that become part of that

canon.

And one of the things that we do

as part of the

Songbook Foundation is discover

new talent.

And we are helping to build the

next generation of artists who

will keep this music alive.

Throughout the series, we will

be featuring one Songbook

Ambassador in every performance.

And tonight it is a great joy to

introduce a young lady who was

our Songbook Youth Ambassador

in 2013.

I'm very excited to be with her

tonight.

Please welcome Julia Goodwin!

[ Applause ]

>> ♪ Birds flyin' high,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ Sun in the sky,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ Breeze driftin' on by,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ It's a new dawn,

it's a new day, it's a new life

for me ♪

♪ And I'm feelin' good

♪ Fish in the sea,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ River runnin' free,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ Blossom on the tree, yeah,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ It's a new dawn,

it's a new day, it's a new life

for me ♪

♪ And I'm feelin' good

♪ Dragonfly out in the sun,

you know what I mean,

don't you know? ♪

♪ Butterflies all havin' fun,

you know what I mean ♪

♪ Sleep in peace

till day is done.

that's what I mean ♪

♪ And this old world is a new

world and a bold world for me ♪

♪ For me

♪ Stars when you shine,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ Scent of the pine,

you know how I feel ♪

♪ Oh, freedom is mine,

and I know how I feel ♪

♪ It's a new dawn, it's a new

day, it's a new life ♪

♪ It's a new dawn, it's a new

day, it's a new life ♪

♪ It's a new dawn, it's a new

day, it's a new life ♪

♪ It's a new life for me-e

♪ And I'm feelin'

good ♪

♪ I feel so good

♪ And I'm feeling good

♪ Go-o-od

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Wow.

Speaking of incredible, let's

give it up for our

Songbook Trio, Mr. Tedd Firth on

the piano.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Mark McLean on the drums.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Phil Palombi on bass.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you, gentlemen, for your

stellar, stellar accompaniment.

You make these songs truly

shine.

And it's a joy to share the

experience with all of our

guests, celebrating this

material.

I'm going to close out this

episode with a medley of songs

connected to Broadway.

Some of you may know that I have

a club here on Broadway.

It's called

Feinstein's/54 Below.

And it's a club that I'm happy

to be associated with because it

is right in the heart of

Broadway.

And apropos of that, I put

together a little medley of

songs that celebrate Broadway

through the decades.

This medley shows that Broadway

has gone through many different

phases through the years.

The first song that you're gonna

hear in this compendium is over

100 years old.

And so it show that even though

Broadway has changed in many

ways through the decades, in

other ways it hasn't changed at

all.

[ Woody Allen's "There's a

Broken Heart for every Light on

Broadway" plays ]

♪ There's a broken heart

for every light on Broadway ♪

♪ A million tears

for every gleam they say ♪

♪ Those lights above you

think nothing of you ♪

♪ It's those who love you

that have to pay ♪

♪ There's a sorrow lurking

in each gloomy shadow ♪

♪ And sorrow comes

to everyone someday ♪

♪ There's music and laughter,

but tears may come after ♪

♪ Two broken hearts

for each light on Broadway ♪

[ "On Broadway" plays ]

♪ They say the neon lights

are bright on Broadway ♪

♪ They say there's always

magic in the air ♪

♪ But when you're walkin'

down that street ♪

♪ And you ain't had

enough to eat ♪

♪ The glitter rubs right off

and you're nowhere ♪

[ "The Broadway Melody" plays ]

♪ Don't bring a frown

to old Broadway ♪

♪ You've got to clown

on Broadway ♪

♪ Your troubles there

are out of style ♪

♪' Cause Broadway always

wears a smile ♪

♪ A million hearts

beat quicker there ♪

♪ A million lights,

they flicker there ♪

♪ No skies of grey

on the Great White Way ♪

♪ That's the Broadway Melody

[ "New York, New York" plays ]

Really?

>> Yeah.

>> ♪ I'm ready to scream

♪ It's like a bad dream

♪ Don't make me

sing that song again ♪

♪ "New York, New York"

♪ Now, now, don't get me wrong

♪ I mean, it's not a bad song

No, no, I mean...

♪ The first 10,000 times

I liked, "New York, New York" ♪

♪ I'd rather tie a yellow ribbon

'round the old oak tree ♪

♪ Or do it my way with feelings

where I got to be me ♪

♪ Both Liza and Frank

put cash in the bank ♪

♪ But I'd pay cash to never sing

"New York, New York" ♪

♪ I've simply gotta quit

singing that piece of

sheet music ♪

♪ Don't make me sing

"New York, New York!"♪

♪ I hear that intro

and I'm ready to take a nap ♪

♪ The tune is catchy I know,

but so is the clap ♪

♪ I try to relax

in the men's room at Saks ♪

♪ The Muzak piped

into the stall ♪

♪ New York, New York

♪ If they can play it there,

they'll play it anywhere ♪

♪ It's in the loo!

♪ New York, New York

[ "Broadway Rhythm" plays ]

♪ Broadway rhythm, it's got me

♪ Everybody dance

♪ Broadway rhythm, it's got me

♪ Everybody dance

♪ Out on the gay white way

in each merry cafe,

orchestras play,

taking your breath away ♪

♪ With a Broadway rhythm,

it's got me ♪

♪ Everybody sing and dance

[ "The Lullaby of Broadway"

plays ]

♪ Good night, baby

♪ Sleep tight, baby

♪ Come on along and listen to

the lullaby of Broadway ♪

♪ The hip-hooray and ballyhoo

♪ The lullaby of Broadway

♪ The rumble of a subway train

♪ The rattle of the taxis

♪ The daffydils who entertain

at Angelo's and Maxi's ♪

♪ When a Broadway baby

says good night ♪

♪ It's early in the morning

♪ Manhattan babies

don't sleep tight ♪

♪ Until the dawn

♪ Good night, baby

♪ Good night,

milkman's on his way ♪

♪ Sleep tight, ba-a-aby

♪ Sleep tight,

let's call it a day ♪

Okay, guys!

[ Tempo quickens ]

♪ Come on along and listen to

the lullaby of Broadway ♪

♪ The hi-dee-hi and boo-boo-doo

♪ the lullaby of Broadway

♪ The band begins to

go to town ♪

♪ And everyone goes crazy

♪ You rock-a-bye a baby round

till everything gets hazy ♪

♪ Hush-a-bye I'll buy you this

and that ♪

♪ You'll hear a daddy saying

♪ And baby goes home

to her flat ♪

♪ To sleep all day

♪ Good night, baby

♪ Good night,

milkman's on his way ♪

♪ Sleep tight, baby

♪ Sleep tight,

let's call it a day ♪

♪ Hear that beat

of dancing feet ♪

♪ Dancing down

that famous street ♪

♪ Mornin's a glowin'

lights all aglisten ♪

♪ Listen to the lullaby of old

Broadwa-a-y! ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much, ladies and

gentlemen.

I would like to thank these

amazing artists who joined us

tonight.

Andrea McArdle!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jared Grimes!

[ Cheers and applause ]

And Rachel York!

[ Cheers and applause ]

And the wonderful Julia Goodwin!

Come on out, Julia.

Please keep watching our

"American Songbook" series at

NJAPC.

We've got more shows that

are great planned for you.

Thank you for being here.

We love you!

Good night, everybody!

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