The Music of Jerome Kern
May 18, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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.
You will be guided through Kern’s life in New York and California, 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”—and enjoy samplings of live piano performance, personal correspondence, film clips and recordings of the masterworks which established Jerome Kern as the musical giant who laid the cornerstone for American musical theatre.