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Whoopi: Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary
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Smart, savvy and sassy, Whoopi Goldberg exploded onto the show-biz scene in 1985, when her one-woman Broadway show wowed live audiences and, later, HBO subscribers. One of the worlds most beloved and honored acting and comedy stars -- the multiple award-winning Goldberg performs in her first solo HBO special in over 13 years. Taped before a live audience at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City (the same venue for her historic 1985 inaugural HBO special). The 20th anniversary features a refreshing mix of familiar and new Goldberg creations.]]>
- Also includes Whoopi: Direct from Broadway (1985)
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The title on Broadway was just WHOOPI GOLDBERG. This show was far more than standup comedy, it was Performance Art. Sure, she made you laugh, but she also worked your other emotions and made you think.
The show consisted of six great characters: Act I - Fontaine the Junkie, The Surfer Chick, and The Disabled Girl. Act II - The Raisin Lover, The Old Entertainer, and The Little Girl with the Shirt on her Head. The show ran just about two hours. No costume or makeup changes were used... just Whoopi's own face, body... and TALENT.
When her name went up on the marquee, neither the public nor the theatre staff, had any idea who this person was. After watching one performance, we were fans. Before her second performance, Whoopi got a nice note from one of the ushers. After the show, when the audience left, she looked into the house, figured out which usher it was, walked to the edge of the stage, and called out to him. She held out her hand, but gave more than a handshake. She pulled him onstage and said "come meet Mike," then introduced him to her producer/director, Mike Nichols. A few weeks later the same usher sent a little gift from the show home to Whoopi's mom. Before the house opened for next show, he was summoned by the star to the stage for "a message from my mother" which turned out to be a warm hug.
The entire production staff was three people: A Stage Manager, A Spotlight Guy, and an Unknown Star. So who was this down-to-earth talent going to hang with? Seven ushers. After meeting her, we were all in her corner, and she, in ours.Read more ›
The 20th Anniversary performance is another story. Whoopi is clearly in control and is confident in her performance. She is outstanding and the jokes and skits are very touching and funny. I'm glad Whoopi was able to come back to HBO and correct a wrong. I'm sorry that the entire performance isn't available to us from 1985.
I've watched a lot of standup in my lifetime.. Ellen DeGeneres is masterfully goofy and observationally so sharp, Robin Williams is hysterical and so rapid fire you can find your sides aching, peter kay does humour as only a northerner can, but only Whoopi to my knowledge has ever managed to bring out the range of human emotions in a medium such as this. Life is all about human interaction and provoking a response, and this DVD does it in spades.
The original show amply displays that the young Whoopi was a VERY competent and original performer at the time. The difference with the 20 years later show (which personally i preferred) is that the Whoopi of 2005 is eminently more confident in her roles, and uses the characters as a frame for the ideas and the statements rather than simply acting a role. I found this better as the comedy really shone through in the 2005 show. The opening (Fonataine) was so tightly scripted and funny i found myself regularly laughing all the way through (particularly the Leviticus and gay marriage section which had me weeping, Condaleeza's airforce one smile, and Whoopi's opinions on the Bush administrations efforts to find Osama!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In a time when everything is sooooo serious and people acting weird, its good to be able to sit down and laugh. Especially like the original.Published 10 days ago by Laura N.
Hilarious DVD that shows how Whoopi Goldberg was first discovered on the stage. Lots of laughs!Published 24 days ago by J Rivera
Totally awesome! Watched it several times. And I plan on doing it again and again. AWESOME!Published 3 months ago by le
Whoopi Goldberg ROCKS!!! This DVD is one of her best comedy routines. Worth every penny spent and then some!Published 6 months ago by LadyTazha