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|Peter Allen - The Boy From Oz|
Actor: Peter Allen; Carole Bayer Sager; Bernadette Peters; Lily Tomlin; Ann-Margret
Director: Stephen MacLean
The transplanted Aussie who took Broadway by storm — PETER ALLEN: THE BOY FROM OZ — Flamboyant performer and introspective songwriter Peter Allen had a meteoric run on the world stage. He packed houses all over the world and... more »
Peter Allen - what wonderful memories!!
Marsha G. Armstrong | los angeles | 09/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With all the hype around Hugh Jackman's theatrical portrayal a few years back, I wondered if the REAL Peter Allen was as fabulous (YES!) as I had remembered. I tracked down this documentary to see if what I remembered might well be just a pretty memory. But from the very opening credits of "Quiet plese, there's a Lady Onstage," I was putty in his hnds. Peter reaffirmd his musical talent and showmanship - with a cherry on top. The brilliance of Peter, was that he could keep an a family audience happy, and then, play a late night la dolce vita extravgaza for the gay commnity, or perform on he Miss Universe Pageant. But it's so important to keep sight there was Peter Allen was the real deal and a clever devil - a bit wicked, sassy and naughty - and oh so exhuberant and talented- who could take us from laughing and dancing - and then break our hearts with his lovely ballads.
Hugh Jackman did his homework and did a heroic job that deserved the Tony. I loved how he could "channel" Peter. But till, even now, given the chance, I'd rather see Peter.
This well-made documentary takes you back to the party hard, pre-AIDS hedonim that informed some of Peter's performing work, and foreshadows the how our culture was on the cusp of change. Songs like CONTINENTAL AMERICAN and I GO TO RIO were show stoppers in the gay/straight/bi clubs in San Fracisco back in the day. Peter's energy, charisma and songwriting talent were mind-blowing then, and in retrospect, more than ever. So sad that he passed away so young, especially since the life-sustaining AIDS cocktail was just on the horizon. I would love to see how his creative talent could have become so much richer. But, least, now, we'll never have to see him as a celebrity Judge on American Idol.
This documentary takes you into a time warp - If you saw the show and loved it or if you saw the show and didn't love it, or you don't know who Peter Allen was...get your hands on this DVD documentary and discover the real Peter Allen. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll dance.
Extra bonus was the interview with the late, charming Ben Gannon, a charismatic storteller who sheds light on how hard it was who produced the Australian and American shows. The documentary was created to generate interest and raise money and thanks to Ben Gannon, we can all revisit that singing, dancing, tender
force of naure that WAS Peter Allen!"
Peter Allen The Boy from Oz
Sandra Fillmore | Australia | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When to see Peter Allen and this brings back so many memories. Really very Good"