Koch Spins Out 'Hollywood Singing and Dancing' Disc23 Aug, 2008 By: Billy Gil
Koch Entertainment will release the two-disc Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Oct. 14 (prebook Sept. 16) at $29.99.
The 220-minute program, produced by Great Musical Treasures, explores the progression of song and dance in film, from Busby Berkeley’s Depression-era black-and-white films to recent hits such as Dreamgirls and Chicago. Academy Award-winning performer Shirley Jones hosts the program, which features interviews with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Rita Moreno, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Jane Russell, Tab Hunter, Joel Grey and directors Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and Rob Marshall (Chicago).
Disc one houses the feature, which includes clips from such films as The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Disc two has 120 minutes of special features including a Q&A with Shirley Jones and director Mark McLaughlin; unedited interviews; a rare promotional short for the feature And She Learned About Dames; a 1963 interview with Ruby Keeler; a dance from 1945’s I’ll Be Marching to a Love Song, led by Betty Grable; a newsreel report from a premiere of The King and I; and more.