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The Best of Broadway Musicals - Original Cast Performances from The Ed Sullivan Show (2003)

Ed Sullivan , Julie Andrews  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ed Sullivan, Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sofa
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00009XN5R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Celebrate the Best Broadway musicals of "The Ed Sullivan show" with this limited edition DVD! A priceless time capsule of TV's golden age, it features unforgettable performances by such classic stars as Richard Kiley, Pearl Bailey, Julie Andrews, and many more. Narrated by John Raitt and complete with behind-the-scenes interviews with songwriters Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe, this DVD is perfect for any fan of legendary Broadway music.

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244 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Broadway performances July 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I owned this on VHS and am pleased that it has made it to DVD. I hope it is the first of many releases of original Broadway performances of the 1950's and 1960's on DVD. Some performances are direct from their Broadway productions, while some are performed several years later. It runs about 56 minutes total and has extra features that provide background information on the musicals presented including creative credits, synospis, original cast, songs, Broadway production dates (including revivals), and when the film version was produced.
The performances are:
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1966)
"There's No Business Like Show Business" - Ethel Merman
OKLAHOMA! (1955)
"Oklahoma!" - John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson & Barbara Cook
"I Cain't Say No" - Celeste Holm
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958)
"I Enjoy Being a Girl" - Pat Suzuki
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1959)
"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" - Carol Channing
MY FAIR LADY (1961)
"Wouldn't It Be Loverly" - Julie Andrews
WEST SIDE STORY ( 1961)
"Tonight" - Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert
CAMELOT ( 1961)
"What Do the Simple Folk Do?" - Julie Andrews and Richard Burton
THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD (1965)
"Who Can I Turn To?" - Anthony Newley
MAN OF LA MANCHA ( 1966)
"The Impossible Dream" - Richard Kiley
SWEET CHARITY (1966)
"I'm A Brass Band" - Gwen Verdon
HELLO, DOLLY! ( 1967)
"Before the Parade Passes By" - Pearl Bailey
This is a must-have for any fan of Broadway musicals. I must say that my favorites are Gwen Verdon's "I'm a Brass Band" and Pearl Bailey's "Before the Parade Passes By", both performed while they were still in the Broadway show and with the respective choreography of Bob Fosse and Gower Champion.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable October 28, 2004
Format:DVD
Pretty much without exception, the original cast performances in Broadway musicals are matchless. However, the ephemeral nature of theatre makes it impossible to relive these performances over and over as we do with film, and often Hollywood translations missed out by hiring "bankable" Hollywood names. How lucky that Ed Sullivan led the way in featuring many of the original Broadway greats on his show. Of course, there are MANY more of these segments which I'd like to see make their way to DVD, but the segments presented here are superlative. The running list follows... Almost every one presents a Broadway star who was replaced with an inferior (and dubbed) Hollywood name in the film adaptation.

1.ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1966)

"There's No Business Like Show Business" - Ethel Merman

2.OKLAHOMA! (1955)

"Oklahoma!" - John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson & Barbara Cook

"I Cain't Say No" - Celeste Holm

3.FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958)

"I Enjoy Being a Girl" - Pat Suzuki

4.GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1959)

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" - Carol Channing

5.MY FAIR LADY (1961)

"Wouldn't It Be Loverly" - Julie Andrews

5.WEST SIDE STORY ( 1961)

"Tonight" - Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert

6.CAMELOT ( 1961)

"What Do the Simple Folk Do?" - Julie Andrews and Richard Burton

7.THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD (1965)

"Who Can I Turn To?" - Anthony Newley

8.MAN OF LA MANCHA ( 1966)

"The Impossible Dream" - Richard Kiley

9.SWEET CHARITY (1966)

"I'm A Brass Band" - Gwen Verdon

10.HELLO, DOLLY! ( 1967)

"Before the Parade Passes By" - Pearl Bailey
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars historic Broadway gems January 30, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a historical collection of Broadway hits by some of the greatest stars that have graced the American musical theater, and includes interviews with Oscar Hammerstein, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and Richard Rodgers conducts his "Oklahoma !" in the first segment.
A small portion of Ethel Merman singing "There's No Business Like Show Business" is part of the introduction, and John Raitt is the narrator throughout.
The two selections from "Oklahoma", are in concert format, the rest of the scenes are in costume, though all are performed during the Ed Sullivan telecasts. Most of it is in black and white, with the last three songs from '66 and '67 in color.
"Oklahoma !" (1955): "Oklahoma !", with John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson, Barbara Cook and Richard Collett. "I Cain't Say No", with Celeste Holm.
"Flower Drum Song" (1958): "I Enjoy Being a Girl", with the petite, sparkling Pat Suzuki.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1959): "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" with Carol Channing, who has fun at the end of the song going down the aisle of the theater throwing rhinestone bangles into the audience.
"My Fair Lady" (1961): "Wouldn't it be Loverly" with the beautiful Julie Andrews and the singers and dancers from the cast.
"West Side Story" (1958): "Tonight" with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. Carol Lawrence is radiant, and both are vocally superb. It's a lovely scene, even with the very shaky balcony rail they are hanging on to !
"Camelot" (1961): "What do the Simple Folk Do ?" with Julie Andrews and Richard Burton.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Broadway from The Toast of the Town!
Ed Sullivan was a master host and visionary who was the first talk show host to incorporate Broadway musical numbers into the show. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sylviastel
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the performances but was a bit disappointed when they ...
I loved the performances but was a bit disappointed when they didn't include some of the other cast. It was just the stars singing one song and not even in costume.
Published 10 days ago by Harriett Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Sullivan
Everything was as described. Brings me back in time to the good old days of quality television. Thanks very much
Published 6 months ago by Leonard A. Freedman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good performances
This is an ok DVD. The performances seen are memorable, but it was not exactly what I expected. I will keep and view when I want a little nostalgia.
Published 9 months ago by Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Musicals
I enjoyed this DVD, since it showed performances from some of my favorite musicals, such as West Side Story and Camelot.
Published 10 months ago by R. Manley
5.0 out of 5 stars best of broadway, ed sullivan show
very interesting dvd. great to see the original artists. would like to see more performances of original stars. enjoyed it very much.
Published 15 months ago by bryson camage
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic memories!
This made a great gift for my 90-year-old lady friend who loves and remembers seeing these original shows and artists when they were on Broadway!
Published 19 months ago by Music Mama
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for.
I purchased this tape with great expectations. I am a big fan of Broadway musicals and of Ed Sullivan. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by another.bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Scenes from Great Broadway Shows, Almost Gone
"The Best of Broadway Musicals, Original Cast Performances from the Ed Sullivan Show" is a treasure. Read more
Published on September 24, 2010 by John F. Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars A great snapshot of legendary broadway shows
This DVD is a great look back at some of the best shows ever. This is the only glimpse we have at what some of the original productions may have looked like. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by music lover
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