Monday – On Stage Live, Life & Music of
12/6 Bobby Darin – Started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis, but after making his own hits, starting with “Splish Splash,” came to worldwide fame and success as a singer in his own right. His personal life was filled with events that pushed him into a length time of seclusion, but he made a comeback in the 1970s with great success. His bout with rheumatic fever as a child affected his adult health, and he lived his musical life as though every day might be his last.
12/13 Elmer Bernstein – Not related to Leonard Bernstein, but they were good friends, Elmer Bernstein is remembered as one of the most prolific American film composers of the 20thcentury. He is most remembered for movie music such as “The Ten Commandments,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He was nominated for 14 Oscars, winning one, and won two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.
12/20 Ray Charles – One of the most famous pioneers of the “Soul Music” genre of the 1950s, Ray Charles combined blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel into the music that he recorded for Atlantic Records. He is most remembered for “Georgia On My Mind,” recorded in 1960, though his hist crossed barriers on the R&B, Country and Hot Singles charts during the 1960s. He won 18 Grammy Awards, the Kennedy Center Award, National Medal of Arts and a Lifetime Grammy Award.
12/27 Gertrude Lawrence – One of the most beloved actresses on Broadway and London Theaters, Lawrence is most remembered for her performance as Anna in Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Born in England, she made her way through successes in theater with Noel Coward plays and musicals, and with early musicals by the Gershwin brothers. She is also famously remembered for her experience with psychoanalysis and her friendship with author Daphne du Maurier.