Hollywood Party: Movie Songs 1928-1936
It’s been 90 years since Al Jolson warned us that “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!,” and then burst into song in The Jazz Singer, announcing that the Hollywood Party was on. The movie musical giddily made itself up as it went along giving us timeless tunes and stars amid the taps and two-strip technicolor. From Janet Gaynor charmingly strumming a zither and a bevy of writhing earth-scorching bathing beauties turning up the heat in 1929’s Sunny Side Up to an unmatched peak of sophisticated artistry from Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields in Swing Time, just seven years later, Hollywood Party remembers the first musical film stars and their songs, including beloved standards and long-forgotten tunes from songwriters De Sylva, Brown, & Henderson, Herman Hupfeld, Herb Nacio Brown, Richard Rodgers, Yip Harburg, Jay Gorney, Lorenz Hart, Richard Whiting and others writing for Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, and Bing Crosby at the beginning of their legendary film careers. First performed over twenty years ago, I'm thrilled to bring Hollywood Party back in 2017.