Beyond the Fringe 1962 Original Broadway Cast
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Before Monty Python and Saturday Night Live , there was Beyond the Fringe , the 1960s Broadway hit revue that reinvented comedy, created by a cast-Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller-whose intellectual wattage outshone the floodlights at the theater! This recording features their brilliant spoofs The Aftermyth of War; And the Same to You Colonel Bogey; The End of the World ; the quintessential Shakespeare parody So That's the Way You Like It , and more. Out of print for years!
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If you enjoy the special twists of British humor, you will probably enjoy this CD.
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.