CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People
I saw this episode, with Danny Kaye, when it first aired in 1973. I found it very enjoyable, actually I was glued to the TV, to watch. Dany Kaye had such a way w/"young" people of all ages, I was 15 at the time. He showed how the Met operated in setting up for performances through his use of an Opera - I believe it was La Boheme. What was really interesting/coincidental was the fact that my Italian class had seen a performance of this opera no more then 2 months prior to this program. Mr. Kaye showed how the Met prepared for a performance from start to finish and explained in ways that the children, teenagers and adults in the audience easily understood how a performance was "put together, night after night, at the Met. I had only seen this program once and have never seen it since, which to me is a shame. Danny Kaye was an excellent performer who related well with the younger audience in such a way that they didn't feel like a child, he talked to them as adults, instead of children. He wouldn't talk down to them, but instead he would talk/explain things to them in a "words" that they understood, thus making them feel special and adult at the same time. The man was magic on the stage. Unfortunately he was part of a breed of "performers" that are quickly passing away and the children today are not taught the arts like they were in my younger days. Luckily with the advent of Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel and American Movie Classics (which really started showing the movie classics from the 1930's thru the 1970/89's) our children are able to see what great movies and performers inspired the movies of today and Danny Kaye was one of those performers.
- Aug 23, 2005
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