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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook (Pbs)

Show Tunes (#301)

Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury appear and the classic "Lullaby of Broadway" is performed. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This series is a documentary-style road trip and cultural primer with Michael Feinstein as the leader of an expedition through the history of American popular song. Viewers follow him both on stage and backstage, hear personal stories about the songwriters and entertainers he has known over a 30-year career, travel to flea markets, dig through dusty storage units, and swap treasures with fellow collectors. Rare archival audio and film footage combine to reveal the social and historical forces behind the music that helped shape the style, attitude, and self-image of America for more than a century. Filled with generous portions of live performance, this series offers both an intimate portrait of a unique entertainer, and a history of 20th century pop culture.

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  • Putting on the Tail Fins (1 of 3) (#101)

    Focuses on the 1950s and 1960s as Feinstein performs with big bands, orchestras and jazz combos. [56 minutes]

  • Best Band in the Land (#102)

    Examines how popular songs provided emotional solace and patriotic inspiration during World War II. [56 minutes]

  • A New Step Every Day (#103)

    Explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot and booze flowed in speakeasies. [56 minutes]

  • Time Machines (1 of 3) (#201)

    The performer/historian journeys across the country examining 20th-century American popular music. [56 minutes]

  • Lost and Found (2 of 3) (#202)

    Feinstein attempts to verify the authenticity of an undocumented, unknown song by a pop music star. [56 minutes]

  • Saloon Singer (3 of 3) (#203)

    The allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints to the neon of Las Vegas is examined. [56 minutes]

  • Let's Dance (#302)

    The marriage of music and choreography is explored and "Singin' in the Rain" is performed. [56 minutes]

  • On the Air (#303)

    Feinstein explores the Golden Age of Radio with clips of Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway and Kate Smith. [56 minutes]

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