Sunday, September 20, 2015


Sonny Fox Hosts "Broadway to Brooklyn"
Saturday, October 24th, 7:30 p.m.

"Wonderama" host Sonny Fox will be visiting P.S. 217 next month to host "Broadway to Brooklyn." Fox, born in Brooklyn in 1925, attended the school in the 1930s. (Coincidentally, P.S. 217 opened the year that Fox was born.)

Fox served as the host of several iconic children's shows on Channel 5 (WNEW-TV) in the 1950s and 1960s: "Wonderama," an award-winning, four-hour show on Sunday mornings that he hosted from 1959 to 1967, and "Just for Fun," which broadcast for two-and-a-half hours on Saturday mornings from 1959 to 1965.

Fox will regale listeners with interesting stories and personal recollections about some of the great composers and lyricists of the 20th century and the Broadway songs or film scores they created that are so familiar to many.

To bring these stories to life, he will show excerpts from "The Songwriters," the series he produced for CBS Cable in 1982. Featured profiles include Alan Jay Lerner, Kander and Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Yip Harburg, Arthur Schwartz, Charles Strouse, and Burton Lane.

Last year, Fox published his book But You Made the Front Page: Wonderama, War, and a Whole Bunch of Life. The title comes from a comment his mother made in 1977 when she read in the New York Post that her son had been laid off from his job as vice-president of children’s programming at NBC.
"I was staring balefully at the headline when my assistant said, 'Your mother’s on the phone.' I said, 'Ma, I got fired.' She said, 'Yeah, but you made the front page!'"
The fund raiser is for Friends of P.S. 217, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that raises money for the school's arts programs. Impressed by the arts programs that the school offers to its students, Fox volunteered to do a fund raiser to support these programs.
Tickets to the performance cost $25 each. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $100 each; they include a private reception with Fox before the show and a signed copy of But You Made the Front Page. Purchase tickets by using the form at

P.S. 217
1100 Newkirk Avenue
(between Coney Island Avenue and Westminster Road)
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn