Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Band Wagon, 1953...That IS Entertainment!

 Jack Buchanan, Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, and Oscar Levant
singing "That's Entertainment." (Relax your shoulders, Oscar!)
The Band Wagon was originally a Broadway musical,
staged in 1931...when in starred Fred and his sister, Adele.

 Cyd Charisse was often taller than her male partners,
and spent most of Singin' in the Rain bending her knees, 
so that Gene Kelly wouldn't appear a dwarf.
No such story about how she stacked up against Fred...

 Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz did the music.
"Shine On Your Shoes" was actually written for 
one of their earlier shows, "Flying Colors."
Here's Fred with Leroy Daniels.
 Fred with Jack Buchanan (an English version of Fred)
performing "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan."

Fred and his collection...
guess he had a lot of shinin' to do!

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