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TCM Festival Hosts Special Nicholas Brothers Tribute


There will be a special tribute to the Nicholas Brothers at the Turner Classic Movie Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1st at the Chinese Multiplex Theatre 1.

The special tribute, produced and hosted by Bruce Goldstein, will begin at 3:45 p.m.

Below are details of the TCM event:

Running Time: 1hr - 45min

The fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), are considered among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio, and television, and in vaudeville and nightclubs. Their dazzling, show-stopping numbers in movies like Down Argentine Way (1940), Sun Valley Serenade(1941), and Stormy Weather(1943) made them international icons. Known for effortless balletic moves, elegant tap dancing, impeccable rhythms, and jaw-dropping leaps, flips, and splits--along with a consummate grace and sly sense of humor--the Olympian duo are in the end impossible to categorize. They are the dancer's dancers, and their fans have included Gene Kelly, who teamed with them in The Pirate (1948); Bob Fosse and Gregory Hines, whose first acts were modeled on them; ballet legends George Ballanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov; Michael Jackson, who once had Fayard as a dance coach; and Fred Astaire, who named their Stormy Weather "staircase" number the greatest of all musical sequences. Their influence continues to this day. This special tribute was produced and will be hosted Bruce Goldstein, writer and co-producer of a 1991 documentary on the team.