Jim J's Jukebox - 92Y, New York

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Jim J's Jukebox

When Broadway Music was Pop Music – A showcase of Broadway composers and the songsters who climbed the Billboard Charts

“This is a home run”

John Lahr, Theater Critic, The New Yorker

For decades Broadway musicals were grist for the mill of popular music. All the great singers made show tunes into Top 10 hits. Alas, this is no more. But the great "charted songs" remain, and this program will focus on and feature a few of the best. To wit:

  • Frank Sinatra takes an anthem of self-congratulation by Frank Loesser (How to Succeed) and makes it into a swinging love-song tour de force
  • Leonard Bernstein wrote a song for On the Town that has become a pop standard, as Blossom Dearie illustrates
  • Judy Kuhn re-imagined and popularized this song by Jule Styne and Steven Sondheim from Gypsy
  • Jimmy Durante scored a hit with this song (loaded with sound advice) from Do Re Mi
  • Bobby Darin had a hit with this remarkable, up-tempo version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic from their venerable South Pacific

American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro returns by popular demand to share insights, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his vast collection. Jim’s presentations are packed with music, information, stories and humor as he passionately shows us how to listen to the structure of the music and the poetry of the lyrics. Each lively program is unique and features new songs and stories, from Vaudeville to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood.


James P. Jimirro

James P. Jimirro, creator and founding President of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video, is currently Chairman of the Board of the National Lampoon. He received his BA degree in Radio-Television from Penn State University, and a Masters in Mass Communications from Syracuse University. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), and serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Communications at Penn State. Mr. Jimirro is the author of numerous articles on media and it’s relationship to society. In 2003 he established The Jimirro In ...