Ever since Ben Franklin fell in love with it and came home with tales of 'Gay Paree', Americans have
held to golden images of the city: the capital of eating and drinking, of glamorous night life, of
perfume. Even if we haven't been there we can see in our mind's eye the barges gliding along the Seine,
the lovers kissing in the streets and on park benches; we can smell the exotic cooking, and over it all we
can hear the wistful accordion music. But how much of all this is myth, how much reality? Producer
Alice Furlaud explores the question, starting with the myth that Vernon Duke created in his nostalgic
song, 'April in Paris'. Don't come in April, she advises, better wait 'til May.
April in Paris is a SOUNDPRINT classic, produced by Alice Furlaud. The part of Colonel Bez was played by Max Furlaud. Special thanks to Andy Beanstalk. The program was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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