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Dr. Seuss' Fantastical Flop

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

A new film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax” is a hit at the box office. But movie audiences weren’t so kind to the children’s author back in 1953. Today: musician and historian Michael Feinstein remembers an live action flop called “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” Plus: A live performance of Catalan music from violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Jenny Lin.

Rediscovering The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Disney has a box-office hit with the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” But the author himself wasn’t so lucky when he released a movie called “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” in 1953. The musical revolves around a little boy who simply does not want to practice his piano. Although the film was a flop, it has since gathered a devoted following – including the singer Michael Feinstein, who spent 30 years chasing down its score and songs. He joins us in studio with the story.

Plus, we hear from the dancer and actor George Chakiris, who made his Hollywood debut in the film as a dancing trombone.

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Rachel Barton Pine and Jenny Lin: In Studio

Spain’s Catalonia region has produced some household names of the art world, including Pablo Casals, Salvador Dali and Joan Miró. But it also gave us lesser-known artists, like composer Xavier Montsalvatge, who belonged to a “lost generation” of artists that worked in the shadow of the Franco regime. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Jenny Lin join us to perform the Catalan composer’s work live in our studio.

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