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My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999)

Julie Andrews , Nell Carter , William Cosel  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Nell Carter, Lea DeLaria, Linda Eder, Jennifer Holliday
  • Directors: William Cosel
  • Writers: David Thompson
  • Producers: Allen Newman, David Horn, Eileen Bernstein, Jac Venza, Jeff Rowland
  • Format: AC-3, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305669201
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies" on IMDb

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  • Tracks Include: The Beauty That Drives A Man Mad (Tony Roberts and Robert Morse - from Sugar), Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag (Karen Ziemba & Bebe Neuwirth - from Chicago), Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Marin Mazzie - from Pal Joey), Man Of La Mancha (Linda Eder - from Man Of La Mancha), Look For The Silver Lining/Tomorrow (Andrea McArdle - from Annie), And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going (Jennifer Holliday - from Dreamgirls), Nothing (Priscilla Lopez - from A Chorus Line), Everybody's Girl (Debra Monk - from Steel Pier), Ain't Misbehavin' (Nell Carter - from Ain't Misbehavin'), Mean To Me (Nell Carter, featuring Luther Henderson - from Ain't Misbehavin'), Fifty Percent (Dorothy Loudon - from Ballroom), Some People (Liza Minnelli - from Gypsy), The Lloyd Webber Love Trio: Love Changes Everything (Audra McDonald - from Aspects of Love), Unexpected Song (Marin Mazzie - from Song and Dance), I Don't Know How To Love Him (Judy Kuhn - from Jesus Christ Superstar); Falling In Love With Love (Rebecca Luker - The Boys From Syracuse), Life Upon The Wicked Stage (Anna Kendricks and the Kit Kat Girls from Cabaret - from Showboat), Down With Love (Audra McDonald - from Hooray For What?), Could I Leave You? (Dee Hoty - from Follies), I Wanna Be A Rockette (Karen Ziemba and the Rockettes - from Kicks), I Can Cook Too (Lea DeLaria - from On The Town), Adelaide's Lament (Faith Prince - from Guys and Dolls), The Ladies Who Lunch (Elaine Stritch - from Company), One  (Finale)/End Credits (Ensemble - from A Chorus Line)

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On a September evening last fall, at New York's venerable Carnegie Hall, a star-studded audience was treated to a concert of Broadway showstoppers performed by the greatest divas of the American theatre. Under the baton of musical director Paul Gemignani, the American Theatre Orchestra accompanied Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Linda Eder, Nell Carter, Andrea McArdle, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Delaria and a host of other Broadway luminaries in what was certainly the event of the fall season. Featuring selections from Chicago, A Chorus Line, Showboat, Guys and Dolls, Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, Company, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, On the Town and others, this evening of song and celebrity will live forever, preserved on home video for any time you feel like bringing up the curtain! Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks. 100 minutes.

A live concert at Carnegie Hall filmed in September 1998, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies gathers a glittering lineup of Broadway's best, past and present. Some marquee names such as Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Betty Buckley are conspicuously missing, and Julie Andrews hosts but does not sing, but it still has Liza and stars aplenty from the '90s (Bebe Neuwirth, Faith Prince) as well as the '70s and '80s (Elaine Stritch, Jennifer Holliday, Nell Carter). The older stars sing songs from landmark original roles, while the '90s stars tend to sing either songs they've performed in revivals or songs from older shows--curiously, modern headliners such as Audra McDonald and Linda Eder sing older material rather than the contemporary shows (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, respectively, among others) with which they are strongly associated.

A number of these performances might be slightly inferior to those on the original recordings, but there are a number of gems, and the star power of the whole lineup is undeniable. In addition, even though only a few numbers provide action to watch, video is a valuable format for this concert because it gives faces to stars who most viewers outside of New York might recognize only by name or still photographs, and also allows fans to catch up with yesterday's stars. (Those who were dazzled by Andrea McArdle's cameo in the 1999 TV remake of her original star-making vehicle, Annie, will love her sweet, understated performance here.) Furthermore, the 99-minute video program provides more footage than the PBS telecast (85 minutes) or the CD release (61 minutes). This is highly recommended for Broadway fans. --David Horiuchi

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be entitled "Some Leading Ladies..." February 25, 2000
I have to begin by stating that I really enjoy this DVD, and watch it far more than I thought I would. Jennifer Holliday literally brings down the house with her classic rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls"; Linda Eder shines on "Man of La Mancha" and contrary to other opinions Elaine Strich gives the definitive "Ladies Who Lunch" from "Company." The best performance came from an unexpected quarter (at least to me) Dorothy Loudon's "Fifty-Percent" from "Ballroom." She is heartbreaking, and moves me to tears every time. The downside is there are no real Broadway Divas...where is Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, or (even if she is more West End than Broadway) Elaine Paige? And as much as I love Liza Minnelli, she steamrolls through "Some People" from Gypsy to detrimental effect. To end on a positive note, if you love Broadway and the women who entertain us, this is definately worth your while.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leading Ladies: Lavish, Lovely and Lilting December 16, 1999
This is an incredible special. The singing, gowns, and staging is simply incredible. Each performer walks onstage and sings her signature song.
Some lesser known, yet highly talented performers are featured here - Marrin Mazzie, who delivers a sweet performance of "Bewitched, Bothered..." and Dee Hoty is revengeful with "Could I Leave You?" from FOLLIES.
Karen Ziemba is a wonderful dancer/singer and gets things rolling at the beginning with the talented Bebe Neuwirth in a dance from CHICAGO. But I prefer Ziemba's charming "I Wanna Be A Rockette" near the end of the show.
My absolute favorites are Audra McDonald and Andrea McArdle. McDonald is such an incredible performer who deserves a Broadway show! Her version of "Down With Love" is full of such energy and talent that I almost forgot Streisand's version! McDonald sings it with hilarious "My Man", "He Touched Me" and "Music That Makes Me Dance" lyrics. She is really incredible. And Andrea McArdle cleverly reigns herself in and sings a touching, quiet version of "Tomorrow" from ANNIE. She has such a great voice -- her cameo in the ANNIE TV movie was a surprise, and she sounded great!
My one qualm with the show is Liza Minnelli's performance. Watch this one -- I could swear they've done some post-performance dubbing on her vocals. The whole "Some People" song seems dubbed.
I wish Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters or Chita Rivera had appeared. But the quality of the performances makes this show a hit! I really enjoyed it. The DVD features chapters for each song. Thanks, Ladies!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Jennifer Holliday March 4, 2000
To be honest the only reason I bought this DVD was for Jennifer Holliday and I was not disapointed, what a voice, what a performence a well deserved standing ovation. I would have given anything to have been in the audience. Having watched the whole show (I've never heard of some of the ladies here in the U.K.) I was amazed at the other perfomances, the highlights being Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Love Trio (Audra McDonald,Marin Mazzie & Judy Kuhn), it's worth watching for these perfomances as well, and I love Debra Monk singing 'Everybody's Girl' (love the lyrics) it makes me smile everytime I hear/see it. As to Elaine Stritch, on the CD it doesn't come across well but when you watch her you see the enjoyment she has and that lifts it and makes it more enjoyable. The only dissapointment : that was that Jennifer Holliday didn't sing anything else she should have been on longer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Editing Choices - Great Songs August 19, 2003
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The women are great. Some are out of this world! Whjoever called the camera shots (probably the director) had no sense of the intimacy of the material. One instance is the beautiful and very touching performance of "Fifty Percent" from the musical Ballroom, with Dorothy Loudon re-creating her performance from the original show. The beginning of the song is very intimate; in fact, the whole song is of an intimate nature. The director kept calling camera angles that take us far too far away from her face. One shot has us looking at a huge bunch of flowers behind her for a very long time. Stll her singing of the song is extraordinarilly moving. Too bad we can't see her for a great deal of the song. To make matter worse, after she finishes the song to a huge ovation from the audience; we see the audience looking to the corner curtain for what must be a curtain call and a standing ovation. Moronically the director edits to Liza Minelli standing in the middle of the stage, right after the audience have clearly been looking to the side curtain. Did he think we were not going to pay attention?
The performances are for the most part great! The editing and camera angles are horrible. Still worth a listen, even though at times we have to interpret what the singer is doing with the song acting wise because the camera is so far away from their faces.
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Format:VHS Tape
"My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies" certainly gives you ample opportunity to choose from Column A and Column B throughout the evening. In this live concert performed at Carnegie Hall in September of 1998, Column A is hearing performers doing the songs with which they are most associated. From the evening's selections this would be Karen Ziemba & Bebe Neuwirth doing "Nowadays" from "Chicago," Priscilla Lopez singing "Nothing" from "A Chorus Line," and Nell Carter's "Mean To Me" "Ain't Misbehavin.'" True, they essentially sing these songs the way we heard them on the original Broadway cast albums, but when you are talking Faith Prince's rendition of "Adelie's Lament" from "Guys and Dolls," Jennifer Holliday singing "And I'm Telling You" from "Dreamgirls" or Elaine Stritch standing on stage and once again nailing "The Ladies Who Lunch," there is only reason to be happy. The performance that straddles the two categories would be Andrea McArdle, who starts off singing "Look for the Silver Lining" before moving to "Tomorrow" from "Annie." True, her voice is not what it was when she was a kid, but there is a certain poignancy in hearing the adult McArdle try to do the song for which she will always be remembered differently.
Column B is where you have singers doing songs they never performed on Broadway. After all, Liza Minelli is never going to play Mama Rose in "Gypsy," so this is here only chance to do "Some People," and since she refuses to slow down during the performance you can understand why. But then Linda Eder comes out and sings "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)" and we forget about Liza.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by skokah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Performances
Great performers singing and dancing songs so well. Interpretive and exciting. This is the second copiy I owned as I wore out the first.
Published 12 months ago by jessieca
5.0 out of 5 stars The Leading Ladies
Loved the prompt delivery. I have not watched the entire show but I saw several stars perform while visiting my brother. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diane H. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love
You can't go wrong here. These ladies show you what great character studie looks like. Just Elaine Strich alone is worth every penny.
Published 15 months ago by Byron johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE BEST
One song each makes you want more! The song selection is not the best each has done, but they are all fabulous singers no matter what the song.
Published 18 months ago by Kittie Woolliscroft
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!
I originally got this for Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going". However, this entire DVD is so awecome I was mesmerized during the entire thing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pooh Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Legends Entertain
From the opening introduction by Julie Andrews, to the closing rendition of "One" by contemporary Broadway leading actresses, this two hour presentation moves it's viewer with the... Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by Jay Zetterlund
3.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of Good Performances
This dvd has a couple of good performances, but a lot that I would skip over for future viewings. If the price is right it's enjoyable, but don't break the bank for it.
Published on August 23, 2011 by A. Gift For You
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat For Broadway Musical Fans
"My Favorite Broadway, The Leading Ladies" (1999) is a little too much of a good thing. Originally presented as a concert in Carnegie Hall in September of 1998, it has too many... Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by John F. Rooney
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Broadway
What ever happin to the booklet describing what the disk contains ? First thing when I openned it was this a contifited all I see is the disk ? Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Stanley Glowaski
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