Impresarios

Michael Freedland explores the lives and careers of the men behind the great shows.

Episodes

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0101Florenz Ziegfeld20001006

This first programme profiles Florenz Ziegfeld, the man responsible for introducing some of the greatest stars to showbusiness, including Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, WC Fields, Mae West, Fanny Brice and Fred and Adele Astaire.

Guy Bolton, Fred Astaire, Sophie Tucker, Larry Adler and Ruby Keeler help tell the story of the great showman.

0102Lew And Leslie Grade20001013

This second programme focuses on Lew and Leslie Grade and Bernard Delfont - the brothers who, as agents and producers, dominated British showbusiness for more than thirty years, bringing over stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Danny Kaye. Lord Grade, Rita Grade Freeman, Topol and Michael Grade help to tell their story.

0103Charles Cochran20001020

Michael Freedland explores the lives and careers of the people behind the great shows. This third programme examines the life and career of Charles Cochran, or `Cockie' as he was known. Theatrical spectacle was his line, whether it was ice shows, wrestling, rodeos, boxing matches, musical reviews or full-blown musicals. With contributions from Evelyn Laye, Mary Ellis, Dorothy Dickson and Larry Adler.

0104George Abbott20001027

Michael Freedland explores the lives and careers of the people behind some of the great shows. This fourth programme tells the story of the greatest producer-director-writer of his day - George Abbott. His productions included `On Your Toes', `Pal Joey', `The Pajama Game' and `Damn Yankees' - a revival of which he directed in 1994, a year before his death at the age of 106.

0105David Merrick20001103

Michael Freedland explores the lives and careers of the people behind some of the great shows. This fifth programme charts the life and career of David Merrick, who produced some of the best musicals ever seen on the Great White Way, including `South Pacific', `The King and I', and `Hello Dolly'. With contributions from Jule Styne, Gower Champion, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and Harold Prince.

0106 LASTCameron Mackintosh20001110

Michael Freedland explores the lives and careers of the people behind some of the great shows. The final programme profiles Cameron Mackintosh, the man behind `Cats', `Phantom of the Opera', `Miss Saigon', `Les Miserables' and `The Witches of Eastwick'. Featuring contributions from Michael Crawford, Julia Mackenzie, Don Black, Herbert Kretzmer and Mackintosh himself.