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Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Groovy List is looking forward to Fosse/Verdon

The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Guy: André Previn
The composer, pianist and conductor, who died Thursday at age 89, won four Academy Awards for his music scores for Gigi (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), Irma la Douce (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964). He also received ten Grammy Awards, including two for Best Sound Track Album (Gigi, Porgy and Bess) and a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Previn was involved in the music for over 50 films, including Kiss Me Kate (1953), It's Always Fair Weather (1955), The Catered Affair (1956), Designing Woman (1957), Bells Are Ringing (1960), Elmer Gantry (1960), Two for the Seesaw (1962), Dead Ringer (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and Rollerball (1975).

Previn also composed the music for the 1969 Broadway musical, Coco (for which he received a Tony Award nomination) as well as the 1998 opera of A Streetcar Named Desire. And he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. Previn was married five times, including marriages to lyricist Dory Previn (1959-69) and actress Mia Farrow (1970-79).

Below you can watch Previn and Dinah Shore perform "Begin the Beguine" and "April in Paris" in 1959, Previn perform "Just in Time" from Bells Are Ringing in 1961, the André Previn Trio perform a medley of songs from West Side Story on The Bell Telephone Hour in 1964, and Previn perform "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady on The Andy Williams Show in 1965. I've also included two songs from the 1967 film, Valley of the Dolls, which were written by Previn and his wife Dory Previn - "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" (performed by Dionne Warwick) and "I'll Plant My Own Tree" (dubbed by Margaret Whiting for actress Susan Hayward).

2) Groovy Gal: Lady Gaga
The recent Oscar winner is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

3) Groovy TV Trailer: Fosse/Verdon
Check out the official trailer for FX's new limited series that tells the story of "the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon." It will premiere on April 9.

4) Groovy TV: Documentary Now!'s "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
IFC's mockumentary series recently spoofed the 1970 documentary, Original Cast Album: Company, about the making of the original cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company. Below you can compare two scenes from the mockumentary with the original scenes in the documentary.

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