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BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE WPA

The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee’s exhibit, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”: Jewish Artists of the WPA, named after the Depression-era song by Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney, features creations by Jewish artists as part of the Works Progress Administration, a branch of the Federal Arts Project launched by the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration in 1935. The exhibit, running from June 17 to September 5, 2021, is originally curated from local and regional private and personal collections.

CHER AND MELISSA SING YIP… FOR JOE BIDEN

Cher has contributed a slightly rewritten lyric to the Yip Harburg-Harold Arlen classic “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe” as her pitch for the 2020 Presidential candidacy of Joe Biden. See it here. Previously, Broadway singer Melissa Errico, accompanied by Lara Downes, performed the same song for the same campaign, with her own rewrite of the lyric. See it here. Melissa and Errico have also released the track for streaming and it can be accessed here.

“DARLING OF THE DAY” Discussion

James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, will moderate a live panel discussion of the company’s highly successful 1998 and 2005 “Musicals in Mufti” productions of the EY Harburg-Jule Styne-Nunnally Johnson musical Darling of the Day which ran on Broadway in 1968 starring Patricia Routledge and Vincent Price. Nancy Opel and Simon Jones headed the 1998 cast; Jones reprised his role in 2005 opposite Rebecca Luker.

Joining James will be the director of both productions, Michael Montel, adapter Erik Haagensen, and theatre historian Charles Wright, with other special guests to be announced soon. The discussion will take place on Monday May 18, 2020 at 7 pm. Reservations begin at 10 a.m.

Full contact information is available at the theatre’s web site.

“OVER THE RAINBOW” spreads hope – again

Although California’s annual Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Choral Festival—originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18—had been cancelled, the Chino Hills HS Chamber Singers demonstrated resilience by recording their individual a cappella portion of Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen’s classic “Over the Rainbow” in their separate homes, and through technology were able to appear together as a family again. Their harmonious performance was shared online for the CVUSD community with the goal of spreading hope and cheer during this difficult time. Even after 80+ years, it’s the song people sing in times of trouble.