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Two other performances don't have quite the sizzle they could have. Julie Andrews performs three songs from her Lerner & Loewe canon (My Fair Lady's "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" and the title song from Camelot), but they're not vintage; they're from the 1991 awards. (The cover art showing a young Andrews is thus misleading.) Ethel Merman also performs a medley of three touchstone songs (Girl Crazy's "I Got Rhythm," Call Me Madam's "You're Just in Love," and Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses"), but in 1978, almost two decades after her last great role in Gypsy. But any Merman footage is rare, and this was before Andrews's infamous vocal troubles, so it's still enjoyable, even stirring, to see these distinctive and distinguished artists. Really, any disappointment with the Broadway's Lost Treasures series is only quibbling, as fans are lucky to have this footage available at all. --David Horiuchi
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First, I wish that the lip-synched numbers would just be omitted altogether -- to me, they don't qualify as a performance. So don't get your hopes up for Gwen Verdon's "Whatever Lola Wants" (unless you only care about the dancing) or Angela Lansbury's "Everything's Coming Up Roses." They both fall in this category.
Now, let's move on to the highlights of this DVD:
The best segments are those that give glimpses of golden-age musicals not captured on film and unlikely to appear on stage again.
It's great to see Jerry Orbach doing a song from Burt Bacharach's "Promises, Promises." Although it's a bad night vocally for him, the energy is there. The segment from "The Happy Time" is definitely one of the disc's highlights, with Robert Goulet attractive and charming. And the number from the largely forgotten "How Now, Dow Jones" is very enjoyable too.
In addition, three titans of Broadway's peak years are captured -- well after their own peaks, but better late than never.
Ethel Merman is absolutely wonderful in a truncated medley -- amazingly, about 42 years after her stage debut. In the bit from "Call Me Madam," Merman essentially uses her co-star, Larry Blyden, as a stage prop, to hilarious effect. And the "Gypsy" number is both electrifying and moving. That's Broadway, folks, with a capital M.Read more ›
The 42nd street number is everything you expect from broadway--the ultimate huge tap number.
Debbie Allen's performance of "America" is quite satisfying.
I cried tears of nostalgia listening to Julie Andrew reprise Camelot and My Fair Lady.
The Fosse Number (Sing, Sing Sing)is so very, very Fosse.
After viewing the title number from Ragtime, I will now have to move heaven and earth to see the show.
But....this DVD is worth owning for the soul-stirring performance of Michel Bell singing "Ol' Man River" in Showboat. Bass voices are not known for their clarity, but this guy is simply amazing. The beauty and passion of this performance is overwhelming. The harmony of the cast is gorgeous.
BTW, I saw him perform it live on stage in the musical. When the number ended, no one clapped for a span of few seconds. All that could be heard in the Fabulous Fox were sniffles---coming from all the audience members who were moved to tears. True story.
But the best part is that for the younger Broadway fans is that this volume, like the others, lets them see the greats of Broadway at their best. And it reminds the rest of us just how much fun it was to watch the Tony Awards then.
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We could not have asked for a more enjoyable and nostalgic musical journey. Loved every moment of this wonderful collection.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome chance to see some wonderful excerpts from Broadway shows. I loved every moment.Published 24 months ago by couchpoato
Broasway's Lost Treasures III-The Best Of The Tony Awards is judt that. Seeing wonderful talent like Julie Andrews, Ruth Brown, Ethel Merman dueting with Larry Blyden, Jonathan... Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great show, get all the disks and do a marathon!
It is not a history. It is not a documentry. It is the best of the best. You get to see performances from the Tony awards. Read more
It's a WONDERFUL look back at THE FABULOUS INVALID that will LIVE FOREVER...Please keep FINDING The LOST Treasures. ..
Could we have MORE, PLEASE ???!!!
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