NPR Broadcast: The Music of Jerome Kern
May 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Jerome Kern might be best remembered for Showboat, his epoch-launching 1927 musical, or for “almost” writing the music for Porgy and Bess and Annie Get Your Gun. The irascible Dorothy Parker (“And, oh how I do like Jerome Kern’s music!”) knew him as an enlightened Jazz Age tunesmith and fourteen-year-old Richard Rodgers queued at the Standard Theatre on upper Broadway over a dozen times to be enchanted by Kern’s Very Good Eddie.
Kern’s career spanned sixty years that produced over 700 songs in more than 100 works for stage and film. Delight in some of his immortal tunes—”A Fine Romance,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “All the Things You Are,” “The Way You Look Tonight”. Jerome Kern was a musical giant who laid the cornerstone for American musical theatre.