This collection includes Broadway musical legends in performances previously lost to history. Hosts Lauren Bacall, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Jerry Orbach introduce 18 one-of-a-kind performances.
This reviewer has never understood the appeal of musical theater. Maybe that is after seeing too many small-town shows that were heavy on the corny and sentimental. Even so, this collection of Broadway's biggest names at the top of their game, performing highlights from musical numbers staged for the Tony Awards from 1970 to 1994, is not only painless but even entertaining. among the highlights; the late Gregory Hines's truly impressing dancing from Jelly's Last Jam and Kathi Moss's funny/sexy, tambourine-banging performance in Nine. The only production that drags is a longer-than-average slice of the play Coco with Katharine Hepburn but its interest as a historical rarity compensates. Since stage productions only exist during a night's performance, theater fans have been generally underserved by the DVD boom, and this disc wouldn't be a bad place for a public library collection to start
ContentsThe leads. Anything goes. Anything goes / Patti LuPone ; Mame. Bosom buddies / Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur ; How to succeed in business without really trying. I believe in you / Robert Morse ; Piaf. La vie en rose / Jane Lapotaire ; Man of La Mancha. The impossible dream / Richard Kiley
All singing, all dancing. Ain't misbehavin'. Ain't misbehavin' medley / Nell Carter, cast ; Grand Hotel. Take a glass together / Michael Jeter, Brent Barrett ; Jelly's last jam. That's how you jazz / Gregory Hines ; Guys and dolls. Sit down, you're rockin' the boat / Walter Bobbie, Nathan Lane
Revivals and record breakers. La cage aux folles. I am what I am / George Hearn, cast ; Les misérables. Les misérables medley / Colm Wilkinson, cast ; Carousel. You'll never walk alone / Shirley Verrett, cast ; Chicago. All I care about / Jerry Orbach, cast
Bonus performances. Coco. Always mademoiselle / Katharine Hepburn ; Me and my girl. Lambeth Walk / Robert Lindsay ; Fiorello!. The name's LaGuardia / Tom Bosley ; Nine. Be Italian / Kathi Moss, cast ; Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat. Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat medley / Bill Hutton, cast.
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Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Silver Spring, MD :Acorn Media,2004
|Other Titles|| Broadway's lost treasures 2
Broadway's lost treasures two
Cohen, Christopher A.
Parks, Hildy, 1926-2004
Bacall, Lauren, 1924-2014.
Mitchell, Brian Stokes.
Lansbury, Angela, 1925-
Morse, Robert, 1931-
Jeter, Michael, 1952-2003.
Bobbie, Walter, 1945-
Lane, Nathan, 1956-
Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003.
Lindsay, Robert, 1949-
Hutton, Bill, 1950-
Acorn Media (Firm)
Hosts, Lauren Bacall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Jerry Orbach.
Editor, Michael Coelho.
Extra material: Historical show information; Playbill cover art.
DVD, region 1, full screen (4:3) presentation; stereo.
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.