When composer and acclaimed MGM producer Arthur Freed decided to create a film cataloging his hit songs, he wisely handed the project to a dream team. In this joyful multimedia talk, Morristown author and entertainment historian John Kenrick takes us behind the scenes as director Stanly Donen, dancing star Gene Kelly, and screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green concoct a film that many call the greatest original screen musical comedy of all time. (Please note: Unless it rains that night, no umbrellas are required.)
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Our speaker: John Kenrick has worked in the theatre at every level from amateur to Broadway, and was personal assistant to six Tony Award-winning producers, including the team behind the original production of Rent. He has taught musical theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School, The New School University, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He’s appeared on NPR, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, as well as PBS, A&E’s Biography, BBC TV and The Travel Channel among others. He is the creator of the popular website Musicals101.com, and his books include “Musical Theatre: A History,” which just received a new 10th Anniversary edition. “John didn’t just make me laugh – he made me care.”