The annual Tony Award® broadcast provides the only filmed record of Broadway?s best for audiences to experience as if they were front-row-center on opening night. This second compilation of great musical moments from the T... more »onys® features another dazzling array of stars and performances. Hosts Lauren Bacall, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Jerry Orbach introduce these 18 one-of-a-kind performances and share their personal Broadway and Tony® memories.
"Praise be to the theatre gods. . . for what was ?lost? is found." ?Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the first Broadway?s Lost Treasures. THE LEADS
Patti LuPone, Anything Goes
Angela Lansbury, Beatrice Arthur, Mame
Robert Morse, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Jane Lapotaire, Piaf
Richard Kiley, Man of La Mancha ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING
Nell Carter, cast, Ain?t Misbehavin?
Michael Jeter, Brent Barrett, Grand Hotel
Gregory Hines, Jelly?s Last Jam
Walter Bobbie, Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls REVIVALS AND RECORD BREAKERS
George Hearn, cast, La Cage aux Folles
Cast, Les Misérables
Shirley Verrett, cast, Carousel
Jerry Orbach, Chicago BONUS PERFORMANCES
Katharine Hepburn, Coco
Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
Tom Bosley, Fiorello!
Kathi Moss, cast, Nine
Bill Hutton, cast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat BONUS EXTRAS
Five additional performances not seen on the PBS broadcast
Historical information about the original Broadway productions
"Don't get me wrong, vol. 1 was great to see. But I have some fond memories of the listed numbers, and it's possible this volume might have less star wattage and show familiarity but more polished, enjoyable performances. The list:
The Leads: Patti LuPone, Anything Goes Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, Mame Robert Morse, How to Succeed Jane Lapotaire, Piaf Richard Kiley, Man of La Mancha
All Singing, All Dancing Nell Carter and cast, Ain't Misbehavin' Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett, Grand Hotel Gregory Hines and cast, Jelly's Last Jam Walter Bobbie and Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls
Revivals and Record Breakers George Hearn and cast, La Cage aux Folles Cast, Les Miserables Shirley Verrett and cast, Carousel Jerry Orbach, Chicago
Bonus Performances Katharine Hepburn, Coco Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl Tom Bosley, Fiorello! Kathi Moss and cast, Nine Bill Hutton and cast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Worth it -- but another mixed bag
Bill | Seattle, Washington United States | 11/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Once again, I'm grateful for what good we do get in the mix of performances captured in Broadway's Lost Treasures II -- for what is good is quite good.
Among the best are Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett having a ball in Grand Hotel, Patti LuPone brassily belting in Anything Goes, Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur radiating charm and affection in Mame, Robert Lindsay acting and singing very much like Anthony Newley in Me and My Girl, and Walter Bobbie and chorus bringing down the house in Guys and Dolls.
But we also get plenty of less-exciting segments, and several once again are lip synched (generally the performers recreating their performances for the 1971 Tony show's retrospective). The latter include Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha and Tom Bosley in Fiorello. The whole lifeblood of Broadway is LIVE performance, so these artificial segments should have been left in the vault and more time should have been given to other truly live performances.
The most curious segment is Katherine Hepburn in Coco. In the end, though, it doesn't do much for the reputation of the show -- or Hepburn, for that matter. She can't sing -- that's no surprise -- but she's also unable to immerse herself in the character. You never forget it's Hepburn doing Chanel, and she tends to bellow to be heard across the footlights. Since Hepburn insisted on having this segment pretaped without an audience, we also get a very intrusive laugh track. But for many, Hepburn's star wattage will be enough.
All that said, every Broadway fan needs to have this DVD in his/her collection. And we can only hope that more will be forthcoming."
RARE AND MAGNIFICENT
Dr. William A. Rieck | Lafayette, Louisiana United States | 03/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I received the first and second issues of the series the same day, watched both twice. It was wonderful to relive some of the performances I saw on Broadway as well as to see some performances I was not able to see "live". There is nothing like the m,agic of live theater and both volumes bring it to you via Toney Awards telecasts. It was nice to see Tom Bosley [ Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries, and Murder She Wrote] in his Tomy Award performance as Fiorello Laguardia; Jerry Orbach [Law and Order] in 42nd Street and Chicago, Angela Lansbury [Murder She Wrote] in Mame and Sweeny Todd., and so it goes. THIS IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES MUSICAL THEATER. I only hope there is a third edition."
Treasures is a perfect title for this DVD!
R. Schaitberger | New York, NY | 02/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a musical theatre lover I've seen a lot of footage from various tony's & concerts, but this was delightful! The wide range of preformances and preformers are just great! I'd get this based only on the fact that it has Patti LuPone doing Anthing Goes on it! :) Also, the selections from Jelly's Last Jam & Chicago are just great! Enjoy! (and if you haven't seen the first Lost treasures DVD, treat yourself to that!)"
They don't make 'em like this any more
Grandma Ag | Maryland | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us of a certain age - which probably means anyone past 50, these days - this is an incredible look back on the people, the performances, the to wonderful music and dance that we just don't see enough of in this age of rap and hip-hop (which we know is aimed at a younger crowd, who probably feel as passionate about them as we do about "our" kind of entertainment.) It's a super hour-and-a-half of happy memories."