Irving Berlin's Ripped-from-the-Headlines Musical Revue As Thousands Cheer
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The last date listed for As Thousands Cheer was Monday November 19, 2007 / 7:30pm.
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Brimming with atmosphere, gangsters and a sparkling jazz soundtrack, Robert Altman's Kansas City brings the 1930s to life. Before the screening, a member of the star-studded cast will be on hand at the beautiful historic Alex Theatre for a Q&A. Plus, Altman family home movies will be shown with commentary by a member of the family. When Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh)'s husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney), a petty thief, is taken prisoner by gangster Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), Blondie launches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician (Miranda Richardson) to force him into using his connections to free Johnny. Michael Murphy and Steve Buscemi co-star. Learn More
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Featured review from Mark S.
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It is difficult to watch these old productions when the jokes and topical references are about 75 years old. However, the music is still wonderful and the MTG is blessed with such wonderful singers--even when Kevin Earley is producing and not sharing his marvelous voice--that I look forward to more of these classic productions.
Created in 1933 (and revived to great acclaim Off-Broadway in 1998), As Thousands Cheer’s amusing gimmick was to turn newspaper headlines into deftly edited skits and musical numbers. This structure allowed Moss Hart to parody such wet-ink-fresh subjects as Gandhi, Joan Crawford, Josephine Baker and the new (!) Rockefeller Center. Irving Berlin’s score is unparalleled, launching such favorites as “Easter Parade,” “Supper Time,” “Heat Wave” and “Harlem on My Mind.”
Book by Moss Hart
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin