Past Programs
On the Town (1949)
Will Friedwald, Other speakers to be announced
Fri, January 18th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).


Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.

On the Town (1949)
Join us for a screening of this classic musical, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as sailors enjoying 24 hours of shore leave in New York City before facing an uncertain future at sea. Directed and co-choreographed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, and Ann Miller.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stanley Donen will no longer be able to attend this event.

Speaker Bio(s)

Will Friedwald, a music writer for The Wall Street Journal, has written for The New York Times, The New York Sun, The Village Voice, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. His most recent book is A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Other speakers to be announced.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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