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Victor/Victoria (1995 Broadway Production) [VHS]
Victor/Victoria (1995 Broadway Production) [VHS]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT PRESERVATION OF A WONDERFUL NIGHT, March 10, 2001
On December 2, 1995, I was lucky enough to be in New York City and saw "Victor-Victoria" on Broadway. The excitement and anticipation of seeing Julie Andrews on Broadway was so great-- I'll never forget that. We would have applauded and cheered like mad if Julie had merely appeared on stage and read from the phone book. Naturally, I was thrilled when the Broadway production was released on video. The show is excellently presented in wide-screen format. I'm still in awe of Robin Wagner's wonderful set designs-- one of the production's best assets. Andrews is well supported by Tony Roberts as Toddy. Michael Nouri is super sexy as King Marchan, and Gregory Jhbara is endearingly sweet as his gay bodyguard. Rachael York is extremely funny, but, in retrospect, the best she can do in the role of Norma is give a carbon-copy of Lesley Ann Warren's inspired performance in the 1982 film. Despite what some have said, the Broadway production does flow and move well, with just as much sparkle and bounce as the 1982 film (in some cases, perhaps more). These are professional actors. They know what they're doing, and they give their very best. Let's face it: either you like Julie Andrews (with all her amazing stamina and energy; thankfully captured here before her devastating 1997 throat surgery) and "Victor-Victoria" or you don't. Not much more needs to be said. Having this video in my collection is like having my wonderful night in New York City over and over again. A real treat-- if you were "there" or not.


Duet for One [VHS]
Duet for One [VHS]
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DYNAMIC TOUR DE FORCE, March 10, 2001
This review is from: Duet for One [VHS] (VHS Tape)
It is so sad that this film remains little seen and little known. Clearly, Julie Andrews gives the best performance of her career (where was the Oscar nomination she deserved?) as a world- class violionist stricken with multiple schlerosis at the height of her career in this film based on a play by Tom Kempinski. Max Von Sydow plays her psychiatrist (scenes between Sydow and Andrews are powerful) and Alan Bates plays her philandering husband. Also features early performances from Rupert Everett and Liam Neeson. A heavy film, and a shattering, dynamic, tour de force for Julie Andrews.


My Fair Lady  - Original Broadway Cast
My Fair Lady - Original Broadway Cast
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL: THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE 20TH CENTURY, September 23, 2000
Earlier, I had written a review of the 1959 London Cast Stereo recording of "MY FAIR LADY." Many amazon.com customers seem to prefer the original Broadway Cast recording to the later London Stereo LP. I'm such a "Fair Lady" fan, I have both discs. The disc I'm reviewing here is a Gold Disc with an extra Bonus Track. Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson conducts post-recording interviews with Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, lyricists Alan Lerner and conducter Franz Allers. Liberson states that "FAIR LADY" is "possibly the most successful musical of this (20th) Century." He got that right! Here, you hear Rex Harrison give a full out performance, when he was still excited by the material and everything was fresh and new. Boredom set in afterwards. Harrison growls and grunts his way through Higgins' songs on the London Cast Album, and in the 1964 film version (for which he received an Academy Award), Harrison couldn't be more listless, static, and boring; giving a one-note "phoned in" performance. Much better than Harrison, in any case, is Julie Andrews; then on the brink of her brilliant career. She is best at full fire and music, exploding with fury and rage in "Just You Wait! " and "Show Me." Simply put, Julie Andrews is the best Eliza Doolittle of all time. Added to all this is a delightful dash of Stanley Holloway. For pure freshness and vitality, you can't beat this original recording of MY FAIR LADY. And the Post-Recording interviews make this an irresistable treat, not that everything else wasn't enough!


Cinderella (1957 Television Cast)
Cinderella (1957 Television Cast)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Enchanting! The Original Is The Best!!, September 22, 2000
I really enjoyed the 1997 version of "Cinderella" with Brandy Norwood and Whitney Houston. But Brandy's voice is better suited to pop music and, with additional apologies to Lesley Ann Warren, another fine Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein originally wrote this musical for none other than the wonderful Julie Andrews, and she's as perfect for Cinderella as she is for Eliza Doolittle, Queen Guenevere, Mary Poppins, and Maria Von Trapp. The Digital Re-mastering with Super Bit Mapping greatly adds to the score's appeal. Jon Cypher's rich baratone is finally heard here in its full glory. On previous LP and CD versions, Cypher's Prince Charming sounded slightly "squashed" or "washed out." His duets with Julie Andrews, "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful)?" are magnificent!! Rodgers and Hammerstein's score here is perhaps their most irrestibly infectious; bouncy and romantic. They weren't writing down to a "kiddie audience;" there's plenty of adult appeal here. Nor did they compromise because this was a "musical for television." Make no mistake; "Cinderella" is vintage, classic Broadway-- all the way!! Highlights are: "My Own Little Corner", "Impossible-It's Possible", and a Bonus Track, "demo" recording of Julie Andrews singing "A Lovely Night." Completely Enchanting!!


Camelot
Camelot
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential recording will transport you to enchanted CAMELOT, September 22, 2000
This review is from: Camelot (Audio CD)
When I was ten year old, I received the LP version of this album for my birthday. I didn't know the plot, so I made up my own as I listened to the album. Needless to say, "Camelot" blew me away!! In 1960, many critics felt that "CAMELOT" couldn't hold a candle to Lerner & Loewe's previous masterpiece MY FAIR LADY. True, the show had troubles; director Moss Hart suffered a heart attack; Alan Lerner suffered an ulcer, and Lerner and Loewe were not speaking to each other by the time the show reached Broadway. Forty years later, "CAMELOT" holds its own quite well, thanks to Loewe's melodious score, and the absolutely perfect, dream casting of Richard Burton and Julie Andrews as Arthur and Guenevere. Burton is a commanding King Arthur (and he's much better at "talk-singing" than Rex Harrison in MY FAIR LADY). Julie Andrews is beguiling and, finally, world-wise and world weary as Queen Guenevere. I've never liked Robert Goulet. He's too stiff and wooden, but the lyrics to his "C'est Moi" are exceptionally clever and witty. Roddy McDowall is also heard as Arthur's illegitimate son, Mordred, singing mean-spiritedly of "The Seven Deadly Virtues." You'll also hear two songs cut by director Moss Hart after the Broadway opening. They are "Take Me To The Fair", sung by Julie Andrews as Guenevere tries to turn a group of Knights against the insufferably arrogant Lancelot (Goulet), and "Fie On Goodness!" sung by the Knights as they tire of Arthur's peaceful kingdom. All 18 tracks are heard on the CD in their original show order. On the original LP, the order of some songs was "mixed;" out of their proper place. I've never understood why. When you hear the thrilling opening notes of the Overture, you'll be transported to another world-- the enchanted kingdom of Camelot


The Sound of Music (35th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
The Sound of Music (35th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I go to the hills when my heart is lonely...", August 25, 2000
This brand-new 35th Anniversary Edition of the classic 1965 film soundtrack features two discs in beautiful packaging. (Okay, the purple coloring on the discs is a bit much)... the CD booklet is filled with pictures and is wonderful. Disc 2 features extended versions of several songs and many tracks (mostly orchestral) not included on the 1965 soundtrack, and an interview with Richard Rodgers. What is the enchantment of "Sound Of Music??" Maybe it's because the film and myself both turn 35 this year, but it really has a lot to do with Julie Andrews as Maria. Like another customer wrote, I always think of Julie Andrews, and not Broadway's Mary Martin, as Maria. Also, Andrews' devastating 1997 operation that left her without a singing voice, adds a note of sadness to this recording (as well as Andrews' classic Broadway performances in MY FAIR LADY and CAMELOT) as we recognize what has been lost. I recently saw a disappointing stage production of "Sound Of Music" and returned to the film and this soundtrack with a sense of refreshment, renewal, and even inspiration.


Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
by Gerald Clarke
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarke is one biographer on Judy's side., June 27, 2000
Clarke must have meant the title of his biography, which conjures up images of Judu Garland performing that rousing number, to be ironic. Clarke gives Judy's life the scope and scale of a Greek tragedy without thinking that she was necessarily all that tragic. Exhaustively and, seemingly, thoroughly researched over a ten year period (with access to tape recordings Judu made in preparation for an autobiography she never finished) and with the cool and keen eyes and observational skills of a fine journalist, Clarke seems to be on Judy's side, and separating the facts from the myths and legends surrounding Judy's turbulent life must have been an impossible job. Still, a few things are clear. Mother Ethel Gumm was a Stage Mother From Hell who saw Judy not as a daughter, but as a bullet of talent and a Golden Goose, and bastardly L.B. Mayer felt he owned Judy, and every other MGM star, body and soul. Mayer eventually realized what evil he had done to her and tried to help her too late in the game; much damage had already been done and much of that damage was irrepairable. Judy's heart belonged, forever and always, to her adored and adoring father Frank Gumm. Frank was a rather reckless and not too discreetly "in the closet" gay man who, unfortunately, died too soon to protect Judy from what lay ahead. For the most part, (until the final horrifying chapters) Clarke portrays Judy as a vibrant, vital, fun-loving person. Judy may have felt unattractive next to Lana Turner at MGM, but she was attractive enough, in both body and spirit, to have enchanted five husbands, as well as Johnny Mercer, Tyrone Power, Joe Mankiewicz, and many others. The miracle of Judy's life is that, despite her large inferiority complex and endless emotional and psychological turbulences, she somehow managed to fight her inner demons and give awe-inspiring performances on screen and stage. Clarke admires her for this, but in a curiously haphazard way. After writing a devotional chapter on Judy as Dorothy in "The Wizard Of Oz," he ignores her delightful performance in "The Harvey Girls," and thoughtlessly dismisses "The Pirate" as a celluloid disaster. But Clarke writes eloquently of Judy's magic triumphs at London's Palladium and New York's Palace and Carnegie Hall; concerts that left Judy's audiences, as well as Judy herself, spirtually and emotionally transfixed and transformed. Judy will ALWAYS fascinate us because she was so contridictory and complex, as Clarke captures here. Joesph Mankiewicz put it best: "...I don't think anybody's going to close the book on Judy Garland." Clarke's book on Judy Garland is a recommended, absorbing, and highly addictive read... but not without kleenex and a clear head, as some of Clarke's conclusions are alternately heartbreaking and suspect. Clarke's intelligent narrative and interpretations are marred only by the fact that he can't resist taking too many peeks into too many private bedrooms.


Putting It Together (1993 New York Cast)
Putting It Together (1993 New York Cast)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMASHING, SUPERB SONDHEIM, April 18, 2000
At long last, JULIE ANDREWS sings Stephen Sondheim. Andrews is so superb at interpreting Sondheim (BARBRA STREISAND should listen and learn), you wonder why it took so long for the two to get together and put it together. Cast members Stephen Collins, Michael Rupert, and Rachel York are unnecessary. Playwright Christopher Durang (another cast member) is sharp, droll, and funny; particularly on "Drive A Person Crazy." Julie Andrews delivers the ABSOLUTELY DEFINITIVE interpretations of "Could I Leave You?" and "Getting Married Today." Sondheim is THE GENIUS MASTER OF BROADWAY, and JULIE ANDREWS, a versatile, perfect, emotional, classic musical and dramatic actress, is his ideal muse here.


Victor/Victoria (1995 Original Broadway Cast)
Victor/Victoria (1995 Original Broadway Cast)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LE JAZZ HOT JULIE, April 18, 2000
I saw this show on Broadway, and this CD brings back happy memories! It's a pity you can't see the wonderful sets and costumes, but this CD has just about everything else (including snappy dialogue). The score is not Henry Mancini's best, full of hits and some dreadful misses, but Julie Andrews IS the show, so nothing else matters. Tony Roberts (playing Toddy, the beloved Robert Preston's role in the film) is wonderful, and sexy Michael Nouri is a great improvement over James Garner. Rachel York is funny with "Paris Makes Me H---" but her performance is a carbon copy of Lesley Ann Warren. Julie Andrews finally gets to go sexy with "Le Jazz Hot." Thank God for VICTOR-VICTORIA, where Julie kicks her Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp persona in the trash (about time, too)!


The Story & Songs Of The Wizard Of Oz - Special Edition: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Story & Songs Of The Wizard Of Oz - Special Edition: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPACT "OZ" : ALL THE FUN ON ONE CD, April 16, 2000
This is one of two OZ Soundtrack CD'S. This one features the songs and a large portion of the dialogue from the cherished movie. The sound quality is crisp and clear, with an exquistely beautiful picture of Judy Garland asleep in the Poppies on the CD itself. The compact, Pop-Up Packaging Design is just so cool it defies description. The beloved cast is all here: Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, etc. and Margaret Hamilton's whoopingly wild dual roles as Miss Gultch and The Wicked Witch. Forget about the kids...this is the ultimate "Party Soundtrack" for ADULTS who can fully appreciate what OZ is REALLY all about.


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