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Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection (Broadway's Lost Treasures 1-3 & The Best of the Tony Awards - The Plays) (2006)

Julie Andrews , Vivian Blaine , Chris Cohen  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing
  • Directors: Chris Cohen
  • Writers: Hildy Parks, Steven Hecht
  • Producers: Chris Cohen
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWLU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection (Broadway's Lost Treasures 1-3 & The Best of the Tony Awards - The Plays)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 14 performances not seen on the PBS broadcasts
  • Historical information about the original Broadway productions
  • PLAYBILL cover art
  • Song index for each program

Editorial Reviews

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The Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection consists of the three volumes previously released on DVD plus a never-before-available fourth disc, The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays. The first three discs deliver what the title promises: historic performances of great moments in American musical theater televised on the Tony Awards starting in the 1960s and into the new millennium. Unlike some other arts, theater has rarely been well-documented, so it's a treat to see these numbers performed by the original artists rather than experience them through audio recordings or tepid movie adaptations. Sure, sound and picture quality are only adequate, some of the numbers are minimally staged and some appear to be lip-synched, and some of the performances that do have excellent film counterparts seem rather lackluster here. But those are minor drawbacks compared to the chance to see Gwen Verdon performing "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays" from Chicago and "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees; John Raitt singing The Pajama Game's "Hey There"; Alfred Drake singing Kiss Me Kate's "Where Is the Life That Late I Led"); a 33-year-old Jerry Orbach performing Promises, Promises' "She Likes Basketball"; and 12-year-old Andrea McArdle breaking hearts in Annie's "Tomorrow."

The second and third volumes feature newer, fully staged performances that are almost indistinguishable from an actual show, including scenes from splashy, high-energy revivals such as Anything Goes (Patti LuPone and company performing the title tune) and Guys and Dolls (the fabulous "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"), and new shows such as Grand Hotel (Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett in a gloriously exuberant "Take a Glass Together"), Les Miserables ("One Day More"), La Cage aux Folles (George Hearn solo and with a chorus line in drag in "I Am What I Am"), Ragtime (the opening number), and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Kristin Chenoweth's "My New Philosophy"). The new generation of splashy dance-oriented musicals are also represented by the likes of the 42nd Street revival (the title tune and "We're in the Money"), Fosse ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), and Crazy for You ("I Can't Be Bothered Now").

The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays features 19 of the dramatic and comedy excerpts showcased on the Tony Awards telecasts between 1969 and 2001. From 1969 are James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope and Art Carney in Lovers, and other performances include Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in Lettice and Lovage (1990), John Lithgow and B.D. Wong in M. Butterfly (1988), Joan Allen and Peter Friedman in The Heidi Chronicles (1988), and Joe Mantegna and Ron Silver in Speed-the-Plow (1988). The performances aren't specifically organized by date or performer, but the collection concludes with four excerpts from August Wilson works followed by three Shakespearean works. The excerpts are brief, lasting 2-3 minutes each, and even though each segment is introduced by a narrator, this format clearly works better for musicals than it does for plays. Regardless, it remains a rare chance to see stage performances that for the most part are not available on home video. Collectors who already own the three musical volumes, however, will have to weigh how badly they want The Plays when they consider mostly duplicating their purchase with the Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

A comprehensive collection of great performances captured on film as part of the annual Tony Award® broadcasts. Broadway royalty and Tony® winners, including Lauren Bacall, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein, serve as hosts and share their own Broadway and Tony® memories.

Produced as PBS specials, Broadway’s Lost Treasures I, II, & III feature legendary stars—including Patti LuPone, Nell Carter, Jerry Orbach, Gwen Verdon, Ethel Merman, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, and many more—performing musical numbers from legendary shows—including Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago, Fosse, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, and many many more.

The Best of the Tony® Awards–The Plays features acting greats, such as James Earl Jones, Maggie Smith, Annette Benning, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman, performing key scenes from 19 celebrated plays, including The Great White Hope, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Hamlet, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

For theatre lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this!


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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any show music fan -- but less than perfect October 30, 2003
By Bill
Format:DVD
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!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Stellar Performances June 7, 2004
By Dumb Ox
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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. Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treasure! October 3, 2005
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I ordered this DVD when it first came out and I've been enjoying it ever since. All the performances are enjoyable- some more than others, but they are all wonderful nonetheless. Some of my pesonal favorites include:

Patti Lupone bringing down the house along with Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton doing the song "A New Argentina" from Evita. This is definately one of my top 5 favorites on this DVD.

Anegela Lansbury providing a hilarious performance in "The worst Pies in London" from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Carol Channing singing the nothing-less-than inspirational "Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello, Dolly!

Yul Brynner performing "Shall We Dance?" with his co-star (not sure of her name). This performance is priceless and so is that dress!

John Raitt's beautiful baritone voice soars in this song-"Hey There" from The Pajama Game

Paul Lynde delivers a ton of laughs in "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie

Joel Grey and cast perform the spectacle that is Cabaret in the song "Willkommen". This song never gets out of your head!

Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera- two of Broadway's top leading ladies come together and perform two wonderful songs from Chicago: "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays". Bob Fosse's coreography can never get old and is dispalyed in this performance for your full enjoyment.

Jerry Orbach. His death was a tragic loss to the theater. That's why these DVD's are so remarkable. This is another top performance- the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd Street. It was this performance that inspired me to save up and go to NYC to see my very first broadway show- 42nd Street.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of 3 of the Best of the Tony's!
Great show. This is the first of 3. I wish they would make more of these! It is a show where they have the songs and actors from the Tony awards. The performances are amazing. Read more
Published 12 days ago by E. Rhoades
4.0 out of 5 stars working with Alzheimer's patients
This is a fun and entertaining DVD that does not need to be shown fully at one time. You can enjoy any of the great performers at your start and stop pleasure.
Published 6 months ago by dana d
4.0 out of 5 stars Close as you can get to live theater
No recording can actually capture the feel of live theater. However this series comes awfully close. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series for students of the American Musical Theatre....I love...
If you're into Broadway, this is the only place you will see these production numbers....a very unique glimpse of "the musical that was" and the "stars that were". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Allan A. Mussehl
5.0 out of 5 stars broadway
i love this because it shows the ones that are no more some stars have past away but seeing them again is nice
Published 11 months ago by KAREN KOVACIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Broadway moments
This is an excellent chance to see your favorite musical numbers with the original stars. These are truly lost treasures
Published 13 months ago by Carol McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars what a legacy
Fantastic performances that I thought were lost; thank goodness for this dvd. It gives so much joy to those of us who love original performances.
Published 14 months ago by hollygolightly
3.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Catch Live Theatre on Film Part I
Theatre is a living art form, and when a play is filmed as a play, it usually goes flat. That is no less true of these musical numbers, performed for the Tony Awards, than it is of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadways Lost Treasures
This dvd started me on a search for classic performances of vintage show with stellar performers. Found some, not others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by patti lee
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS!
If you love musicals, this has excerpts from some of the greatest. Zero Moztel does his memorable "If I Were a Rich Man," and there is Yul Bremer with "Shall We Dance. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Happy
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