Regarding Broadway: Part One - The Early Days
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Cohan: "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
James Cagney and Studio Orchestra
Tierney/McCarthy: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Rivera Rage", and "An Irish Girl" from Irene
Debbie Reynolds and Cast (Original Broadway Cast - 1973 Revival)
Youmans/Harbach and Caesar: "I Want to Be Happy" from No, No, Nanette
Jack Gilford, Susan Watson and the tap dancing of Ruby Keeler (Original Broadway Cast - 1971 Revival)
Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy
London Sinfonietta/John McGlinn
Kern/Hammerstein: Overture, "You Are Love" and "Old Man River" from Showboat
John Raitt, Barbara Cook and William Warfield
Porter: "You're the Top", from Anything Goes
Rodgers: "Slaughter on 10th Avenue", from On Your Toes