To celebrate the arrival of Tony Awards season, New York City's Paley Center for Media will be hosting the 3rd Annual Tony Awards Film Series. Slightly less than a month prior to Radio City Music Hall's June 9 Tony Awards ceremony, the series will feature two screenings on May 18, both of which will be open to the general public.
The day will begin with a 12:30pm screening of the 1971 Tony Awards on the 2nd floor of the Goodson Theater. In honor of the ceremony's 25th year, the 1971 ceremony featured performances from each of the previous 24 winners for Best Musical, including legendary performances by Zero Mostel from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof, Alfred Drake from Kiss Me, Kate and Kismet, Robert Preston from The Music Man, Gwen Verdon from Damn Yankees and Redhead, and Carol Channing from Hello, Dolly! Hosted by Lauren Bacall, Anthony Quinn, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Quayle, the historic evening of awards concluded with a star-studded rendition of "There's No Business Like Show Business."
At 3:00pm, the Bennack Theater will offer a screening of Armstrong Circle Theatre's adaptation of Carousel, the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about a millworker named Julie Jordan and her relationship with the abusive Billy Bigelow. The production originally aired on ABC-TV on May 7, 1967 and featured a cast of iconic musical theater performers. Directed by Paul Bogart, the production starred Robert Goulet as Billy Bigelow, Mary Grover as Julie Jordan, Marlyn Mason as Carrie, Patricia Neway as Nettie, Jack DeLon as Mr. Snow, Marge Redmond as Mrs. Mullin, Pernell Roberts as Jigger, and Charlie Ruggles as the Starkeeper.
Mary Grover, along with dancers Bambi Linn ("Louise" in the original Broadway production of Carousel) and Gemze de Lappe will lead a discussion following the screening. The dancers will tell of their experiences with legendary choreographer Agnes de Mille and plan to show footage of Linn dancing Carousel's Act II "Ballet." President and Executive Director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin will moderate.