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Showtune Sunday: Broadway legends Channing, Merman, Minnelli, Bacall and many more do historic medley together

HISTORIC EVENING: One thing is for sure, you could never pull off an evening like this again.

The occasion was “Night of 100 Stars” in 1982 held at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. This early 80s television extravaganza became such a big deal that virtually every star of stage and screen – well more than 100 – showed up to take part.

This segment is absolutely glorious. It’s a Broadway Medley with well-known artists from Broadway musicals.

How well-known? Here’s a partial list of who appears in this 10-minute production number:

Carol Channing (Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend), Robert Preston (The Music Man), Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein (They’re Playing Our Song), Pearl Bailey (St. Louis Woman), Beatrice Arthur (Bosom Buddies from Mame), Lauren Bacall (Woman of the Year), Dihann Carroll (No Strings), Dorothy Loudon (Annie), Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan), Richard Kiley (Man of La Mancha), Jerry Orbach (42nd Street), Frank Langella (Dracula), Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller (Sugar Babies), Mary Martin (South Pacific) followed by the great Ethel Merman singing There’s No Business Like Show Business.

It just does not get any better than that. Enjoy!

The second video is from the same special: Liza Minnelli belting out New York, New York.

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3 Remarks

  1. May 30th, 2010 at 10:53 am
    dana miller says:

    Lord Greg. What a night. What a toss down, fuckin’ amazing evening. I swear I became lasting friends with Paul Newman, Sammy Davis Jr and Jimmy Cagney that night. I had sex with Christopher Atkins that night….It is in my top three nights to remember. I thank you for that!!



  2. May 30th, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    2201 East says:

    That is a night not to be forgotten. Thanks for bringing back some true talent for us to remember.

  3. May 30th, 2010 at 11:50 pm
    Bruce Wayne says:

    Can you even imagine all that talent in one place, joining together on one stage?! REAL talent…not that crap today that passes (like a kidney stone)…all those stars, representing Hundreds of Years of just plain WOW!
    And, I used to have this entire show on tape, dammit!

    Thank you for sharing!


    (Oh, Dana……Chris just rolled over and said ‘hi!’)

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