Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France’s King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick’s roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests’ ideas about their families’ histories and their identities today.
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on “Glee” and beloved music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.
Takes a stroll down memory lane with the pop sounds of the 50s in MAGIC MOMENTS: THE BEST OF 50s POP, the second installment in the MY MUSIC series. This reunion brings together the greatest recording artists from the 50s pop era. Hosted by Mary Lou Metzger, Phyllis McGuire and Pat Boone, MAGIC MOMENTS: THE BEST OF 50s POP features a cavalcade of 1950s pop music recording legends, reuniting and performing their biggest hits.
The McGuire Sisters (who reunite for the first time since 1967), Debbie Reynolds, Patti Page, the Chordettes, the Crew Cuts, the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Coins, Don Cherry, Gogi Grant and more take the stage and share the good times.
This nostalgia-fest features a mix of new performances and short archival footage transitions of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Tribute montages also highlight the superstar 50s pop icons who have died in recent years (Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Ray and more).
Special guest presenters include Wink Martindale, Rip Taylor, Brett Somers, Dr. Joyce Brothers, the Lennon Sisters, Nick Clooney, Fess parker and Joni James.
Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades.