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|Broadway's Lost Treasures|
Actors: Julie Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing
Director: Chris Cohen
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Joel Grey, Carol Channing, John Raitt, Patti LuPone, Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel--these greats are among the original-cast performers featured in this unique filmed compendium of Broadway showstoppers. Seen only once in their... more »
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A must for any show music fan -- but less than perfect
Bill | Seattle, Washington United States | 10/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We should be thankful for what we get on this DVD, so by all means, get it. By doing so, hopefully you'll encourage similar Broadway DVDs to be released in the future. (By the way, also consider getting "The Best of Broadway Musicals: Original Cast Performances from the Ed Sullivan Show," which captures some great 1950s-1960s performances.) However, I have to agree with those who say this set is lopsided, even considering that the producers didn't have the rights to release other footage from the Tonys.The saddest thing about some of the footage is that, while it claims to capture "sung" performances, in fact a few of the numbers are lip-synched. These include two of the numbers that I was most looking forward to seeing: Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd and Robert Preston in The Music Man. While it's great to see these performers in action, the lip-synching makes it an artificial experience.But enough caveats. These aside, there's still plenty to enjoy.The great John Raitt sings a definitive "Hey There" from The Pajama Game a couple of decades after its original run. He sounds just as exciting as ever. The song is shortened, but again, let's be thankful for what we have. And there's also a scene from 42nd Street with pre-"Law and Order" Jerry Orbach singing his heart out.Some of the most enjoyable segments are in the DVD's "bonus extras" section. For example, in what seems the oldest segment on the DVD, the utterly charming Barbara Harris performs a number from The Apple Tree, a 1960s musical that is now essentially forgotten by all but fervent show fans. And to watch those ever-young old troopers Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller singing and dancing in Sugar Babies is a joy.So, tap your way to Amazon's checkout and get this DVD in your hands ASAP!"
Wonderful Collection of Stellar Performances
Dumb Ox | Manassas, VA United States | 06/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We saw this on PBS and almost made an outrageous donation to obtain a DVD, then held out for its public release. (The price was far more reasonable buying it through Amazon!) Our family enjoys American muscial theater and this DVD serves up plenty of great performances. The production is well-done, with four segments: Broadway Divas, Leading Men, Dancin', and Record Breakers. Angela Lansbury introduces the show, then each part is hosted by Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Jerry Orbach and Chita Rivera, each of whom has at least one terrific performance during the show. Many of the scenes were clearly taken from a special that aired on TV in the late seventies. The singers and dancers---some of them getting a bit up there in years---deliver wonderful performances. There isn't a single bad one in the roster. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but our family really loved Betty Buckley's awesome version of "Memory" from Cats, Andrea McArdle belting out "Tomorrow" from Annie and the great hoofing and singing by Jerry Orbach and company in "42nd Street" from the musical of the same name. We also found Angela Lansbury creepily funny in Sweeney Todd and Joel Grey just plain creepy in Cabaret, as his character was intended to be. Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon also prove the old gals still have it in their song-and-dance number "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Yul Brynner also is light on his feet in "Shall We Dance?" from his signature musical The King And I. Paul Lynde vents wonderfully as a frustrated parent in his part from Bye, Bye Birdie; both Robert Preston as The Music Man and Zero Mostel as the poor man from Fiddler On The Roof display remarkable energy and zest for their longtime roles. As for the ladies, Carol Channing croaks and squeaks delightfully in Hello, Dolly!, Julie Andrew is elegant and wistful singing "Send In The Clowns", and Patti Lupone is great as Evita. The DVD is nicely done, and includes five bonus acts not shown on the PBS version. We highly recommend this for fans of American musical theater or those curious about this almost-lost art form."
Some of these "treasures" should have stayed lost.
R. Harris | 11/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Broadway musical "junkie" and it saddens me to not give this DVD the five star rating it promised. My disappointment came when I noticed some of the numbers are basically the original cast members lip synching to the original cast recordings. Still there are enough "live" performances on this DVD to make it well worth the money. Just be prepared to be a little dissappointed for the reasons stated above."
Deja vu all over again
David S | Houston, TX USA | 03/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a farm boy from Illinois, "the-ay-ter" could have been in a foreign country and I would have never been wiser. Area schools performed shows written especially for high schools (like "Mississippi Melody" and "Up On Old Smokey"). In 1971, I had just purchased a state-of-the-art reel to reel tape recorder and was anxious to do a bit of experimentation with it. As fate would have it, I saw an ad on CBS for the 1971 Tony® Awards telecast and thought I'd see what kind of sound quality I would get from the tinny little speaker on the television. I had no idea the format for that year was to perform 1 song from each award-winning show using as many of the original cast members as possible. Even though the sound quality was far less than perfect, I realized I had an audio tape of more original cast members singing songs from Broadway shows than I could shake a stick at. And many of the songs were familiar from television variety shows like Ed Sullivan etc.
I went away to college taking my recording with me and thoroughly annoyed my dormmates with it. It was good to listen to while cleaning my room--but I had the advantage that I could recall what was on the television screen. Reel-to-reel fell by the wayside for 8-track, cassette tapes, and finally cd. The tape became brittle and would break many times over and electronic manufacturers slowly pulled reel-to-reel from the market. Now, 30 years later, I'm actually seeing the performances again (remember this was YEARS before home video recordings). The 1971 broadcast is heavily used throughout Broadway's Lost Treasures I, II and III. The telecast that year used the giant lighted years as the backdrop for the songs. Plus I found out that things like a "clunk" in the audio of "If I Were A Rich Man" was not caused by me--but it was Zero Mostel hitting the stage wagon with his shoe.
One performance I can recall in particular that has not been used (yet) is the one where the female announcer says: "...then came the sparkling 'High Button Shoes' and every bit as lovely then as she is now: Nanette Fabray..." (So I guess there's still enough material out there for "Broadway's Lost Treasures IV").
Get all 3 dvds for your collection because it's nice to have something when you simply want to be entertained and don't want to be bothered with a story line."