Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Harry Groener

Artist:Harry Groener
Song:They Can't Take That Away From Me
Album:Crazy For You: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Though most fans should be familiar with Harry Groener for his TV work on shows like Dear John and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, He's had a lot of success on Broadway in shows like Crazy For You. He was born Sept. 10, 1951 in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany but his family moved to San Francisco when he was a child. His father was a concert pianist and his mother was an opera singer. Groener studied drama at the University of Washington. He moved to New York and in the 80s, he appeared mostly on Broadway though he worked on TV too. He was in the 1979 revival of Oklahoma. He was an original cast member of Cats and then he was in Sunday in the Park with George. On TV, he had a recurring role on the third season of Dear John. He also does a lot of regional theater. The 1992 show Crazy For You is supposedly based on the 1930 George and Ira Gershwin show Girl Crazy. But the real influence was the success of the 1988 Cole Porter show Anything Goes. The show includes songs from various Gershwin shows. Groener stars in the show with Jodi Benson. Crazy For You won the 1992 Tony for Best Musical. Groener was nominated for a Tony. They Can't Take That Away From Me is from the 1937 film Shall We Dance sung by Fred Astaire. The show ran for four years. The original cast album is available on CD. After this, Groener returned to TV best known as Mayor Richard Wilkins on the third season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He still does a lot of TV guest shots and live theater in Los Angeles. He did return to Broadway in the show Spamalot in 2006. Here's Harry Groener performing They Can't Take That Away From Me on A&E Revue hosted by Robert Klein. The first part of the video is clips from Crazy For You followed by Groener. I guess the performance date as 1992.

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