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Beyond the Fringe (1962 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Before Monty Python and Saturday Night Live , there was Beyond the Fringe , the 1960s Broadway hit revue that reinvented comedy, created by a cast-Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller-whose intellectual wattage outshone the floodlights at the theater! This recording features their brilliant spoofs The Aftermyth of War; And the Same to You Colonel Bogey; The End of the World ; the quintessential Shakespeare parody So That's the Way You Like It , and more. Out of print for years!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bollard - The Company
  2. The Sadder And Wiser Beaver - Peter Cook & Alan Bennett
  3. Deutscher Chansons - Dudley Moore at the piano
  4. Take A Pew - Alan Bennett
  5. Aftermyth Of War - The Company
  6. Sitting On The Bench - Peter Cook
  7. And The Same To You / Colonel Bogey - Dudley Moore at the paino
  8. Potrait From Memory - Jonathan Miller
  9. So That's The Way You Like It - The Company
  10. The End Of The World - The Company


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000EUMK9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan W. Petrucelli on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What has eight legs, is 47-years-old and will make you laugh until you wet your pants? Hint: It has something to do with fringe . . . DRG has reissued the Broadway recording of the 1962 comic revue Beyond the Fringe,starring four fab British lads who weren't the Beatles . . . yet who won almost as much international fame.

Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore, as they were billed back then, all went on to great success is other show business endeavors. Bennett is currently represented on Broadway with The History Boys and Miller become one of the great directors of opera in the last century. Dudley Moore and Peter Cook both died tragically young, but both with a number of noteworthy movies, recordings and television credits.

But it is in these 10 brief sketches nearly a half-century old that their genius in writing and performing is evident. From "Bollard." in which four less than masculine commercial actors butch it up for the microphone to "So That's the Way You Like It," which savagely parodies bad British acting, neither the material nor the performances have dated badly. The satire, parody, wit and humor of these four young men at the start of their careers and the peak of their creative power is astounding all these many years later. Kudos to DRG for having the brains to reissue a very funny revue that continues to influence British and American comics--and continues to make people howl.
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Despite being more than 40 years old now - this CD of Beyond the Fringe is wonderful. In its time it was a theatrical hit in London, a satical review of four - Dudley Moore, Peter cook, Jonathon Miller and Alanb Bennet. Blandly humourous - their takes on Shakespeare (So that's the way you like it) - the use of language and dramatic style underlying the absurdity of the script. But the most especial item on this is Dudley Moore's rendering of Colonel Bogey in several different styles - only someone with deep knowledge of music and how it works could inject it into an enormous number of recognisable tunes from the likes of Mozart and Beethoven so effortlessly and hilariously. The long drawn out ending is a tour de force

There is a wonderful spoof called the 'aftermyth of war" which takes off the documentaries of World War Two Heroism with the outrageous suggestion "unavoidably came peace"

Very enjoyable, you will have to listen closely to pick up some of what is said, but it is worth the effort.
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This is British humor at its wryest best. These are comedy geniuses whose work, while somewhat dated, is still as fresh as today's edition of The Daily Show.
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This is without a doubt one of the wittiest, most urbane reviews of all time. If you are 65 or older, this will really zing you. Even if you are a bit younger, you'll have a good chuckle.
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I bought this CD because my 33 album has been played so many times it has lost its crispness. Superb British comedy at its best.
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