Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – June 20-21, 2009

HOUR ONE

 

Playwright, screenwriter, and director Arthur Laurents has 50 years of accumulated Broadway experiences and memories. Among his notable accomplishments are directing newcomer Barbra Streisand in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and directing La Cage aux Folles, Broadway’s first openly gay musical. Laurents also wrote the books for West Side Story and Gypsy, which remain two of Broadway’s most legendary musicals. His memoir is called Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story and Other Musicals.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from actor and director John Cromwell. He directed some 40 films and is the father of actor James Cromwell, who’s also our guest and reacts to hearing his father’s essay for the first time.

 

HOUR TWO

 

Vin Scully has been calling baseball games on radio and television for almost 60 years now. He began in the booth with the legendary Red Barber in 1950, then moved with the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. Author Curt Smith joins Bob to discuss the long-overdue biography he’s written called Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story.

 

Just in time for Father’s Day, Bob talks with Michael Lewis about his new book Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. The essays are true, hilarious, insightful and portray the disappointments and eventual joys of being a dad.