Broadways Lost Treasures III The Best of the Tony Awards
Tommy Tune (Actor), Julie Andrews (Actor)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Tommy Tune (Actor), Julie Andrews (Actor) - Broadways Lost Treasures III The Best of the Tony Awards - Broadway Musicals DVD - Performances: Cast, 42nd Street, We're in the Money, 42nd Street, 2001; Gwen Verdon, Ray Waltson, Whatever Lola Wants, Damn Yankees, 1971; Vanessa Williams and cast, medley, Into the Woods, 2002; Jerry Orbach, She Likes Basketball, Promises, Promises, 1969; Debbie Allen and cast, America, West Side Story, 1980; Cast, Sing, Sing, Sing, Fosse, 1999; Michel Bell and cast, Ol' Man River, Show Boat, 1995; Anthony Roberts and cast, Step to the Rear, How Now, Dow Jones, 1968; Alfred Drake, Where Is the Life That Late I Led, Kiss Me Kate, 1971; Julie Andrews, medley from My Fair Lady and Camelot, 1991; Harry Groener and cast, I Can't Be Bothered Now, Crazy for You, 1992; Chita Rivera and cast, Where You Are, Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1993; Robert Goulet and Inga Swenson, Indian Love Call, Rose-Marie, 1982; Cast, T'Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do, Black and Blue, 1989; Zero Mostel, Comedy Tonight, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1971; Ethel Merman, medley from Girl Crazy, Call Me Madam, and Gypsy, 1972; Kristin Chenoweth, My New Philosophy, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, 1999; Cast, Caldonia, Five Guys Named Moe, 1992; Cast, Ragtime, Ragtime 1998. Four additional performances not seen on the PBS broadcast: Jonathan Pryce and cast, The American Dream, Miss Saigon, 1991; Angela Lansbury, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Gypsy, 1975; Robert Goulet, The Happy Time, The Happy Time, 1968; Desi Arnaz, She Could Shake Her Maracas, Too Many Girls, 1972. Historical information on the original Broadway productions. The third volume of Broadway's Lost Treasures continues to mine historic stage performances from the vaults of the Tony Award telecasts. For fans who are used to experiencing musicals only through audio recordings, the benefits are two-fold. First, you can see great stars performing classic songs on stage, including Alfred Drake (Kiss Me Kate's Where Is the Life That Late I Led), Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston (Damn Yankees' Whatever Lola Wants), and a 33-year-old Jerry Orbach (Promises, Promises' She Likes Basketball). Second, you can see more recent, fully staged performances of numbers from shows that you may not have seen on Broadway or on tour, including the opening number of Ragtime, Kristin Chenoweth (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown's My New Philosophy), and especially the new generation of splashy dance-oriented musicals such as the 42nd Street revival (the title tune and We're in the Money), Fosse (Sing, Sing, Sing), Black and Blue (T'ain't Nobody's Business if I Do), and Crazy for You (I Can't Be Bothered Now, though it would have been nice to see one of the bigger numbers like Slap That Bass or I Got Rhythm). As with previous Treasures, the older performances tend to be minimally staged, one notable exception being the relatively obscure How Now, Dow Jones (1968) getting a set, costumes, and choreography. Two other performances don't have quite the sizzle they could have. Julie Andrews performs three songs from her Lerner and Loewe canon (My Fair Lady's Wouldn't It Be Loverly and I Could Have Danced All Night and the title song from Camelot), but they're not vintage; they're from the 1991 awards. (The cover art showing a young Andrews is thus misleading.) Ethel Merman also performs a medley of three touchstone songs (Girl Crazy's I Got Rhythm, Call Me Madam's You're Just in Love, and Gypsy's Everything's Coming Up Roses), but in 1978, almost two decades after her last great role in Gypsy. But any Merman footage is rare, and this was before Andrews's infamous vocal troubles, so it's still enjoyable, even stirring, to see these distinctive and distinguished artists. Really, any disappointment with the Broadway's Lost Treasures series is only quibbling, as fans are lucky to have this footage available at all. Broadway royalty and Tony-winners Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein are your hosts for this third compilation of great musical performances from the archives of the Tony Award? broadcasts. Legendary stars from legendary shows strut their stuff in 23 performances that have become part of Broadway history.
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