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Broadway's Lost Treasures III - The Best of the Tony Awards

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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.

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 & 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. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • 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
  • PLAYBILL® cover art

Product Details

  • Actors: Tommy Tune, Julie Andrews
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Broadway's Lost Treasures III - The Best of the Tony Awards" on IMDb

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As thankful as I am to see any footage of Broadway performers released, the Broadway Lost Treasures series is really -- it must be said -- a botched opportunity. There is little rhyme or reason in how the clips are chosen and assembled. The performances are good, bad and everything in between, and this latest installment has one of the weakest selections yet.

First, I wish that the lip-synched numbers would just be omitted altogether -- to me, they don't qualify as a performance. So don't get your hopes up for Gwen Verdon's "Whatever Lola Wants" (unless you only care about the dancing) or Angela Lansbury's "Everything's Coming Up Roses." They both fall in this category.

Now, let's move on to the highlights of this DVD:

The best segments are those that give glimpses of golden-age musicals not captured on film and unlikely to appear on stage again.

It's great to see Jerry Orbach doing a song from Burt Bacharach's "Promises, Promises." Although it's a bad night vocally for him, the energy is there. The segment from "The Happy Time" is definitely one of the disc's highlights, with Robert Goulet attractive and charming. And the number from the largely forgotten "How Now, Dow Jones" is very enjoyable too.

In addition, three titans of Broadway's peak years are captured -- well after their own peaks, but better late than never.

Ethel Merman is absolutely wonderful in a truncated medley -- amazingly, about 42 years after her stage debut. In the bit from "Call Me Madam," Merman essentially uses her co-star, Larry Blyden, as a stage prop, to hilarious effect. And the "Gypsy" number is both electrifying and moving. That's Broadway, folks, with a capital M.
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This DVD has some very ho-hum material, so unmemorable that I can't recall what I want to say about it. I agree with other reviewers that the lip-synched Angela Lansbury is quite lame. However, can we talk about why I bought it?

The 42nd street number is everything you expect from broadway--the ultimate huge tap number.

Debbie Allen's performance of "America" is quite satisfying.

I cried tears of nostalgia listening to Julie Andrew reprise Camelot and My Fair Lady.

The Fosse Number (Sing, Sing Sing)is so very, very Fosse.

After viewing the title number from Ragtime, I will now have to move heaven and earth to see the show.

But....this DVD is worth owning for the soul-stirring performance of Michel Bell singing "Ol' Man River" in Showboat. Bass voices are not known for their clarity, but this guy is simply amazing. The beauty and passion of this performance is overwhelming. The harmony of the cast is gorgeous.

BTW, I saw him perform it live on stage in the musical. When the number ended, no one clapped for a span of few seconds. All that could be heard in the Fabulous Fox were sniffles---coming from all the audience members who were moved to tears. True story.
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This dvd is not as exciting as some of its previous editions but is still satifying. Thanks to PBS for retrieving this "treasures" so fans can enjoy these performances. I enjoyed the contemporary clips from Charlie Brown, Ragtime, Saigon, and Into the Woods. And I even liked the rare Ethel Merman and Angela Lansbury clips. I was however disapointed by the "bonus" features Too Many Girls and Happy Time. In my opinon they were not eleven o clock numbers. In future editions it would be great to see Jennifer Holidays And Im Telling You from Dreamgirls or something from SideShow. It would also be great to see clips from Chorus Line, Company, Follies or anything else from 70's and 80's. I think its great these dvds are coming out but the numbers need to be more showstoppers. This includes the bonus features. Buy this to complete your collection but look forward to better material in the future.
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I now have all 3 volumes of this particular set, and like the other ones, it has its' ups and downs. Ups?? Definitely "My New Philosophy" by Kristin Chenowith from the revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"; Jonathan Pryce doing "The American Dream" from "Miss Saigon"; the late (and most definitely great) Jerry Orbach doing "She Likes Basketball" from "Promises, Promises" (so that is what he looked like in 1968), Zero Mostel doing "Comedy Tonight" from "Forum". The downs?? Desi Arnaz's song was much too short, Roert Goulet singing "The Happy Time" (is that the best they could find for him?)

But the best part is that for the younger Broadway fans is that this volume, like the others, lets them see the greats of Broadway at their best. And it reminds the rest of us just how much fun it was to watch the Tony Awards then.
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Yes, there have been some wonderful moments in the "Treasures" series, and all of them are appreciated, but where are the most obvious choices? Are we just being teased? Where's Jennifer Holiday in Dreamgirls, Dorothy Loudon doing "Vodka", even Glenn Close's "With one Look" along with so many other brilliant performances, even the short dramatic ones - who can forget Maggie Smith's turn in Lettuce and Lovich? With so many brilliant choices, let's lose the more pedestrian choices going forward and really go for broke with the next (Lord willing) one. By the way, wouldn't it be incredible to find a film of Merman performing "Rose's Turn" - What a Loss!
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