or


[06/27/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Celebrates the 80th Birthday of Legendary Entertainer Tony Bennett with "Tony Bennett: An American Classic"

[via press release from NBC]

NBC CELEBRATES THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF LEGENDARY ENTERTAINER TONY BENNETT WITH "TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC"

NBC CELEBRATES THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF LEGENDARY ENTERTAINER TONY BENNETT WITH "TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC" THIS FALL

Music Special Produced and Directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Rob Marshall

Confirmed Performances by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, k.d. Lang and Special Appearances by Robert De Niro, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal, With More to Be Announced

BURBANK -- June 27, 2006 -- In this one-hour exclusive television event, NBC salutes the 80th birthday of American legend Tony Bennett, an entertainer who is endeared by millions of fans the world over, with "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" airing this Fall. The special, sponsored by Target, showcases the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer along with a myriad of superstars who perform duets from his upcoming album TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic.

Filmed at the historical Los Angeles Theater, the special will be produced and directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha") and will take viewers on a musical journey through the renowned singer's life. Set amongst the backdrop of different eras from Bennett's career, he performs his most memorable songs with popular artists. These performances include the best names in R&B, Rock, Pop and Jazz: "The Shadow of Your Smile" with Juanes; "Rags to Riches" with Elton John; "The Best Is Yet to Come" with Diana Krall; "For Once in My Life" with Stevie Wonder; "Because of You" with k.d. lang and trumpeter Chris Botti; "Just In Time" with Michael Bubl´┐Ż; and "Sing You Sinners" with John Legend. Additional participants to be announced.

Each musical performance will be shot as a short movie that recreates milestones in the entertainer's life. Viewers will return to 1949 in New York City's Greenwich Village -- where Bennett was discovered by Bob Hope -- and move along to the Columbia Recording Studios, where he recorded a string of hit singles in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Seamlessly woven throughout the special will also be narrative insights and introductions to each musical number from celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal. As the special comes to a close, Bennett will take the stage alone to sing his signature number "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

Also on board for the special is the Oscar-winning production team from "Chicago" including production designer John Myhre, costume designer Colleen Atwood, cinematographer Dion Beebe and choreographer John DeLuca.

Referred to as "the best singer in the business" by Frank Sinatra, Bennett has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, with over 100 recordings to his credit, and has garnered 13 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bennett's forthcoming CD, TONY BENNETT: DUETS/An American Classic, will be released September 26 by RPM Records/Columbia Records. Recorded live in the studio, the CD features Bennett performing duets with an impressive list of singers and musicians, including those artists appearing in the NBC music special.

Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha"), John DeLuca ("Terminal," "Chicago") and Danny Bennett ("Tony Bennett Live by Request: An All-Star Tribute") serve as executive producers with Marshall directing. The special is produced by RPM TV Productions Inc.





  [june 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/20/17 - 11:15 AM]
A&E Network Sets Season Two Premiere Date for "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath"
The series, nominated for the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, returns Tuesday, August 15 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/20/17 - 10:02 AM]
TLC Takes a Closer Look Into Jackie Evancho & Family in Hour-Long Special "Growing Up Evancho"
The special premieres Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[07/20/17 - 09:05 AM]
Hulu's Fall 2017 Programming Slate
The streaming service reveals premiere dates for "The Mindy Project," "Chance," "I Love You, America," "Freakish," "Future Man," "Marvel's Runaways," "East Los High," "Shut Eye" and more!

[07/20/17 - 08:30 AM]
E! Hits All the Right Notes with New Series "The Platinum Life"
Set to premiere this fall, the series follows an elite group of music's most savvy women and their significant others as they live their first-class lifestyles.

[07/20/17 - 08:27 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Takes Home Top Honors with "Big Brother"
The Eye's summer mainstay leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/20/17 - 07:58 AM]
BBC America Debuts Three-Part Documentary "Wild West" Saturday, August 19, 9/8c
Welcome to America's Wild West: a picturesque land with a litany of characters including the shrewd coyote, the feisty hummingbird, the mighty blue whale and the spirited mustang.

[07/20/17 - 07:04 AM]
A&E Announces New Original Documentary "Guilty: The Conviction of O.J. Simpson" on the Day of His Parole Hearing
The two-hour special analyzes with new details and revelations the case that led to his conviction for armed robbery.

[07/20/17 - 06:12 AM]
Ryan Seacrest Returns to Host the Iconic "American Idol" on ABC
Seacrest had a long run with "Idol," having served as host for the franchise since its inception in 2002.

[07/20/17 - 02:45 AM]
Suranne Jones to Star in "Gentleman Jack," Sally Wainwright's New Drama for BBC One and HBO
The eight-episode series was previously known as "Shibden Hall."

[07/19/17 - 02:30 PM]
Academy and Golden Globe Award Winner Forest Whitaker to Join "Empire"
Whitaker will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay.

[07/19/17 - 02:22 PM]
Join the Hunt for Clues to "American Horror Story 7" at Exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Stunt
This first step will open the door to all future reveals ahead of this fall's premiere of "AHS's" seventh installment.

[07/19/17 - 01:47 PM]
HBO Announces "Confederate," A New Drama Series Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Production will begin following the final season of "Game of Thrones."

[07/19/17 - 12:17 PM]
Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale Join the Cast of "Hawaii Five-0"
Dale has recurred as Adam Noshimuri since season two, becoming a trusted confidant and resource for the team who will now be recruited by McGarrett to work for Five-0.

[07/19/17 - 12:15 PM]
FOX Blasts Into San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with Nine Series
FOX launches one of the most cutting-edge fan opportunities ever: the chance to be cryopreserved and revived in the year 2417 to promote "The Orville."

[07/19/17 - 10:06 AM]
AMC Releases Art for Comic Con - "The Walking Dead" Returns October 22 with 100th Episode
AMC will also be present at MLK Park with a fan activation for fans of both "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead."