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The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers


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The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers

Mar 2, 2019

“The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers”
Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Wednesday March 6, 7PM

Bereft of CGI or special effects, you will believe that two men can fly. At the height of the movie musical, in the age of such great dancers as Bojangles Robinson, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly, there was one dance team that literally flew above all the others: Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000) Nicholas. They were the flashiest, the liveliest, the most exciting and even astonishing pair of dancers to ever strut their stuff on a Broadway stage or Hollywood screen. Where other dancers merely suspended disbelief, the Nicholas Brothers repealed the law of gravity, with leaps and splits, that left other hoofers staring gape-jawed. Bruce Goldstein, who knew both brothers well, has spent decades assembling all the complex pieces of their remarkable story, and this once-in-a-lifetime presentation features not only classic clips from their famous films but ultra-rare behind-the-scenes footage, often shot by members of the Nicholas Family, and unseen interviews with colleagues such as Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Leonard Reed, Cab Calloway, Max Roach, and Bobby Short, not to mention Harold and Fayard themselves. You don’t want to miss this evening, I know that I’ll be there. (Look for the bald guy.)

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)