New England Entertainment Digest
Please: The First 25 Years
CAMBRIDGE, MA: Cambridge resident Bobbi Carrey and Arlington resident
Will McMillan present a new show, The Envelope, Please,on
October 16 at the Cambridge Center
for Adult Education as part of the Thursday morning lecture series - with
Cambridge resident Henry Schniewind at the piano.
Their program features Oscar winning songs (plus some nominees that deserved
to win) from 1934-1959. The Academy Awards are not only a part of
Americas history; they are also a mirror of the times, says
Bobbi Carrey. Due to the rising popularity of talking pictures, a new
category was added in 1934 - Best Song From a Motion Picture. Since then
Oscar winners and nominees for best song have captured the emotional pulse
We started out looking at songs from the entire seven decades of
music, explains Will McMillan, but we soon realized - because
there were so many great songs - that we were going to have a really hard
time narrowing down our choices. Luckily Bobbi had a brainstorm and we
decided to focus on the first 25 years-what some have called The
Golden Age of Hollywood.
The list of best song winners and nominees during these years includes
most of the leading songwriters of the 20th century, from Irving Berlin,
Sammy Cahn, and the Gershwins to Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter
and Johnny Mercer. Not surprisingly, the roster of winners includes some
of the most timeless love songs ever written, including Cheek to
Cheek, The Way You Look Tonight, and True Love.
Many reflect a universal quest for happiness as in You'd be So Nice
To Come Home To and Accentuate the Positive. Others
capture the yearning for a simpler, more innocent time, including Thanks
for the Memory and In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.
Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan perform all over New England. You are welcome
to visit their web sites: www.bobbicarrey.com