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The Theatre Guild on the Air

Dear Friends,

In digging through our archives today, we were reminded that on this day—July 12th—a mere 58 years ago in 1961we released Watching Out for Dulie. It was adapted to television for our series, “The US Steel Hour,” by Arthur Heinemann from a novel by David Hestheimer and starred Larry Blyden, Shari Lewis, Patricia Cutts, and Lloyd Bochner.

In 1945, The Theatre Guild began broadcasting a radio program called The Theatre Guild on the Air in an effort to bring theatre into the homes of millions of radio listeners. After 8 years of presenting weekly plays on the radio, it was decided that an even better and further reaching medium for The Theatre Guild on the Air would be television.

The United States Steel Corporation came on board as sponsor to present “The US Steel Hour” every other week. Our show ran on NBC until its final performance in 1963, starring our beloved Theatre Guild favorites Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt.

While we were unable to locate Watching Out for Dulie for online viewing, UCLA—which houses part of The Theatre Guild archives, and is alma mater to Marilyn—has posted some of the episodes of “The US Steel Hour” on YouTube, which you can find here:

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Debating in Two Parts

Dear Friends,

As I’m sure you are aware, last night was the first half of the Democratic Debate on NBC. We watched as 10 candidates waded out into the Presidential waters, many of whom we haven’t had the chance to get to know very well. It was fascinating!

Tonight at 9:00pm is the second half, and we cannot wait to see how the other half of the candidates fare tonight. Of course, there are a lot more well-known names so we think that tonight will have an even livelier debate.

But if you did not watch last night or cannot watch tonight, we urge you not to tune out altogether—we actually found the after-debate analysis and interviews with the candidates far more informative and telling than the debate itself.

There is an entire country of hopes and dreams that will be placed on the shoulders of whomever the Democrats pick to take on Trump and the Republicans. And you can bet that we will be following all of the primaries and the months leading up to them very closely.

To learn more about each of the Democratic candidates click here: https://www.nbcnews.com/2020candidates?icid=politicspromo

To watch NBC’s full coverage of last night’s debate click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ6MrDO0kgY

And tomorrow when tonight’s debate is available to rewatch, we will update today’s newsletter to include both debates, so that you can readily access them.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Bringing Broadway to The Grammys

Dear Friends,

Last night we saw a scene from Hamilton on television during the Grammy awards!  We were able to find the performance on YouTube today and wanted to share it with you in case you did not get a chance to watch.

We also want to congratulate Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Grammy last night!

It was wonderful to get an idea of what this phenomenal musical is like—and we can’t wait to see it ourselves!


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Green Grow The Lilacs

Dear Friends,

As we have been reminiscing during this holiday season about our childhood and things that we loved, we remembered a favorite song–Green Grow the Lilacs.

Green grow the lilacs, all sparkling with dew

I’m lonely my darling since parting with you

And by the next meeting, I hope to prove true

To exchange the green lilacs for the red, white, and blue!

It was an Irish folk song that was made popular in the United States during the 19th century. Mexican soldiers during the Mexican-American War misheard the American soldiers singing “Green Grow” and started calling our soldiers “gringos!”

Later on, it was turned into a play of the same name by Lynn Riggs. The Theatre Guild produced it on Broadway in 1931, starring Franchot Tone, June Walker, and Tex Ritter. The Theatre Guild then decided to make it into a musical, and engaged Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to write it. Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943 and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances! Out of the 128 plays The Guild produced on Broadway, it became its greatest hit!

But of course, Green Grow the Lilacs started it all and we were able to find a wonderful YouTube video of the song sung by Tex Ritter (ahhh, the marvels of the internet!).

Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Philip & Marilyn

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends,

We wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays!

We found this amazing video on YouTube and feel that if a cat and a rat can make it work, we may yet find peace on earth!

Best wishes and Merry Christmas!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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