Dorothy Fields: On the Sunny Side of the Street

About the Show

FCT on TV! This project is FCT’s largest foray into streaming and video content. A “live-in-studio” concert: A lyricist and author, Fields became one of the few women who worked in the 1920s and 1930s songwriting field to create multiple standards in musical theatre. As a lyricist, Fields famously collaborated with Jerome Kern and became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Song (“The Way You Look Tonight”)… As a librettist, she wrote the book for Annie Get Your Gun and collaborated with Irving Berlin. Across her career, she worked closely with many more Broadway greats, including Fred Astaire, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ethel Merman, Cole Porter, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Richard Rodgers and Gwen Verdon.

When the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame began its induction ceremonies in 1971, it included some of the most well-known names in American music: Duke Ellington, Ira Gershwin, and Alan Jay Lerner. The only woman in the group was Dorothy Fields.

Flying Carpet’s tribute show, in partnership with The Breman Museum, Atlanta Audible, and The Molly Blank Fund, blends songs as well as amusing and poignant anecdotes, painting a picture of Fields’ genius and trailblazing accomplishments. The cast and band, featuring seven accomplished local Atlanta musicians and musical theater veterans, will play classic tunes from her song list, such as “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “You Can’t Get a Man With A Gun,” “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Filmed at one of Atlanta’s premier TV studios, the event blends the excitement of a live concert, with the production-value and engaging information of television biography. It has now streamed On Demand for The Breman and then later played on PBS (GA Public Broadcast). Keep your eyes peeled for further times the show will air…