UNION, NJ - Calling all movie buffs!  The series on the History of the Movie Musical will be presented at the Union Public Library beginning in January, presented by BCB Bank and Friends of the Union Public Library.

The first event, "MGM Star Musicals", will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020.  MGM Studios claimed they had more stars than heaven.  And they did.  Featured clips will include Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne, June Allison, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland.

"Musicals for Lovers" is set for Saturday, February 8.  When words are not enough to express the deepest emotions of love, there is song, and when love still cannot be contained, there is bursting out with dance.  Fall in love with the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald, and Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.  This is a lecture for anyone who has been in love or anyone in love with musicals.

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"Big Stars in Early Musicals" will be held on Saturday, March 21.  According to some experts, singing and musical show tunes lead to mental clarity.  True or not, this course will explore the history of the early movie musical.  Beginning with, "The Jazz Singer" in 1927, film musicals changed the entertainment industry.  Clips from the period include performances by Mae West, Bing Crosby, and the extravaganzas of Busby Berkely.

Shows will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue.