Beyond the Fringe (1962 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore, as they were billed back then, all went on to great success is other show business endeavors. Bennett is currently represented on Broadway with The History Boys and Miller become one of the great directors of opera in the last century. Dudley Moore and Peter Cook both died tragically young, but both with a number of noteworthy movies, recordings and television credits.
But it is in these 10 brief sketches nearly a half-century old that their genius in writing and performing is evident. From "Bollard." in which four less than masculine commercial actors butch it up for the microphone to "So That's the Way You Like It," which savagely parodies bad British acting, neither the material nor the performances have dated badly. The satire, parody, wit and humor of these four young men at the start of their careers and the peak of their creative power is astounding all these many years later. Kudos to DRG for having the brains to reissue a very funny revue that continues to influence British and American comics--and continues to make people howl.
There is a wonderful spoof called the 'aftermyth of war" which takes off the documentaries of World War Two Heroism with the outrageous suggestion "unavoidably came peace"
Very enjoyable, you will have to listen closely to pick up some of what is said, but it is worth the effort.
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This is a CD incorporating what was released initially as two LP recordings on vinyl. I was talking to a friend who was visiting from Nottingham in the UK and mentioned the... Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Night Eagle
I used to listen to this all the time as a kid (on a phonograph, of course; it was a long time ago), and am happy to finally get it on CD.Published on October 3, 2013 by Mark Seymour
I remember the Tarzan skit and the Saul/ Esau skit as being very funny an was disappointed they were not there.Published on December 30, 2012 by mhbb