The Culver City Historical Society will feature the history, music, songs and stories from the MGM Broadway Melody musical movies produced between 1929 and 1944 at its general meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue.
The program, presented by tenor Winston Gieseke (CCHS Webmaster), and pianist Stephen Fry (CCHS Vice President, Programs) will offer a musical and narrative review of original songs from the immensely popular series of Broadway Melody film productions made in the “Heart of Screenland.” Mostly composed by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, the tunes will include the popular hits, “You Were Meant for Me,” “Wedding of the Painted Doll,” “All I Do is Dream of You,” “Temptation,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and many more. Song sheets will be provided for several of the pieces for a sing along.
The Broadway Melody of 1929 was the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was one of the first musicals to feature a Technicolor sequence, which sparked the trend of color used in a flurry of musicals that were made in subsequent years. It was the first musical released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor, and the first all-talking musical.
All members of CCHS and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the ARC space.
For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org. Also, visit the CCHS website at: www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org for updates.