October 24, 2015
Sonny Fox, who just celebrated his 90th birthday brought “Broadway to Brooklyn” to a delighted crowd in the auditorium at PS 217.
Mr. Fox hosted the children’s award-winning program “Wonderama” from 1959-1967. “Wonderama” was hailed as the only children’s show that listened to children, and taught them as well as entertained them. The waiting list for tickets to the show was three years.
Last year, after the publication of his book But You Made the Front Page: Wonderama, War, and a Whole Bunch of Life, he made what he called “His Farewell Tour.” On this tour, he re-visited places from his childhood and his neighborhood in Brooklyn.
One of the most memorable stops on his tour was his elementary school PS 217, which he had not visited in 80 years. Mr. Fox was impressed by the arts programs offered to the students, and he volunteered to do a fundraiser to support these programs.
He shared his stories and personal recollections about some of the great composers and lyricists of the 20th century and the familiar Broadway songs or film scores that they created. To bring these stories to life, he showed excerpts from The Songwriters, the series he produced for CBS Cable. Featured profiles include Alan Jay Lerner, Kander and Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Yip Harbug, Arthur Schwartz, Charles Strouse, and Burton Lane.
The event was well attended by friends, a select few student volunteers and covered by several media outlets.