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This edition: "An American in Paris" and Remembering Jean-Claude Baker

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 6, 2015.

First aired: April 4, 2015.

“An American in Paris” is coming to Broadway as a new musical adaptation of the 1951 Academy Award winning film, itself inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 symphonic poem. The guests are theater historian Robert Kimball (author of “The Gershwins”), and Rob Fisher, musical director of the show, to discuss the composer and how his work is being adapted anew.

Next up, we pay tribute to Jean-Claude Baker, author of the book “Josephine: The Hungry Heart,” the biography of his foster mother (and another American in Paris), legendary entertainer and African-American icon, Josephine Baker (1906-1975). Jean-Claude, who also owned the NYC nightspot, Chez Josephine, died earlier this year, so we are repeating this interview, not only to remember the legendary Josephine, but Jean-Claude himself, a beloved Broadway personality.

Guest List

Jean-Claude Baker Author & Restauranteur, “Josephine: The Hungry Heart”

Rob Fisher Artistic Director, Arranger, Musical Director, Musical Supervisor, Conductor, Musical Staff, Composer, Musician, “An American in Paris”

Robert Kimball Theater Historian; Author, “The Gershwins”