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THE GREAT WALTZ - A Musical based on the Life and Music of Johann Strauss, Jr.
1955 complete live television production starring opera greats Patrice Munsel and Jarmila Novotna with comedian Bert Lahr. Conducted by Charles Sanford. Produced by Max Liebman. Approx. 79 minutes, USA, Black & White
Resi Ebesteder - Patrice Munsel Johann Strauss, Jr. - Keith Andes Mme. Baranska - Jarmila Novotna Hans Ebesteder - Bert Lahr Johann Strauss, Sr. - Henry Sharp Ferdi - Lee Goodman Otto Hartkopf - Henry Sharp Ballerina - Mia Slavenska
The Great Waltz, the popular musical based on the life and times of Johann Strauss, Jr., was one of a number "Spectaculars" presented by pioneer TV producer Max
Liebman in the mid 1950s. A stellar cast was assembled: Patrice Munsel was then a star of the Metropolitan Opera, having sung more than a dozen roles with the company before the age of 27! Jarmila Novotna, the great Czech soprano, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1940, and sang with the company for sixteen seasons. Both Munsel and Novotna were acclaimed for their performances in the immensely successful Met production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which showcased their talents as comic actresses as well as singers. The role of Hans Ebesteder is played by Bert Lahr, the popular star of vaudeville and radio who is best known for his film role as The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Keith Andes is best known for his roles in such feature films as: The Farmer's Daughter, Clash by Night and Tora! Tora! Tora!
In an age when the medium was still defining itself, Max Liebman produced a wide range of high quality television programming. His early efforts yielded television's first variety show, The Admiral Broadway Review, which later evolved into the legendary series, Your Show of Shows. He later produced a series of specials which aired under the blanket title Max Liebman Presents. We offer The Great Waltz as a tribute to one of the visionaries of the formative years of television.
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Johann Strauss Jr.
Patrice Munsel (Soprano),
Jarmila Novotná (Soprano)
Written: Vienna, Austria
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