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(Originally published in 2016). Even if you’re not familiar with the Broadway musical Carousel, you’re likely to have heard the uplifting message and melody of the song "You’ll Never Walk Alone." Its roots in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical extend far beyond the story of love and loss.

The musical theater director and producer Hal Prince, winner of an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards, has died in Iceland after a brief illness. He was 91.

Prince worked on such major shows as Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and The Phantom of the Opera. But he was always looking forward to the next show, regardless of how the last one turned out.

In 1965, composer John Kander was working on a show that Prince produced called Flora, The Red Menace — and it was not going well.


Continuing WRTI 90.1’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the dynamic baritone Keith Spencer joined us on the air and on Facebook for a program that explored the rich musical legacy of the African-American experience, with host Debra Lew Harder.

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Listen to this fun introduction to the Philly POPS' new music director and chief conductor, Todd Ellison. He plays selections to warm you up for upcoming, free Philly POPS concerts on July 3rd and 4th, and talks about his fascinating background as a Broadway composer and music director.

Watch the recorded performance on WRTI's Facebook page!

Program:
George and Ira Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm"
Cole Porter: "Use Your Imagination"
Marvin Hamlisch: "What I Did For Love;" Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick: "She Loves Me;" Ed Kleban: "Better" (Medley)
J. P. Sousa: "The Liberty Bell March"