I Got Gershwin: The Inside Story of the Most Celebrated Song in All of Jazz and Broadway
Where: The 92nd Street Y, New York
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29
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When George Gershwin, already the most celebrated songwriter of his day, wrote “I Got Rhythm” for newcomer Ethel Merman in the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, he not only launched the career of the most dynamic performer in the history of musical theater, he created a song that truly changed the world.
“I Got Rhythm” became not only a Broadway blockbuster, but the definitive “jazz song,” a number that thousands of major musicians continually deconstructed and reconstructed, ransacking its chord changes to produce new songs of their own. This special Clip Joint looks at both sides of “Rhythm,” theatrical and jazz, from Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney to Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Count Basie and even The Flintstones!