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Broadway's Lost Treasures [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing
  • Directors: Chris Cohen
  • Writers: Hildy Parks, Steven B. Hecht
  • Producers: Chris Cohen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • VHS Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BZNDL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Joel Grey, Carol Channing, John Raitt, Patti LuPone, Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel--these greats are among the original-cast performers featured in this unique filmed compendium of Broadway showstoppers. Seen only once in their original Tony Award® telecasts (1967–1986), these 22 knock-out performances come with new introductions by some of the featured performers, including Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and Chita Rivera. BONUS: Both DVD and VHS formats feature five extra performances not seen on PBS!

Program includes: BROADWAY DIVAS
Vivian Blaine, "Adelaide's Lament," Guys and Dolls
Patti LuPone, "A New Argentina," Evita
Angela Lansbury, "Worst Pies in London," Sweeney Todd
Carol Channing, "Before the Parade Passes By," Hello, Dolly!
Julie Andrews, "Send in the Clowns," A Little Night Music

LEADING MEN
Zero Mostel, "If I Were a Rich Man," Fiddler on the Roof
Yul Brynner, "Shall We Dance," The King and I
John Raitt, "Hey There," The Pajama Game
Robert Preston, "Trouble," The Music Man
Paul Lynde, "Kids," Bye Bye Birdie

DANCIN'
Joel Grey, "Willkommen," Cabaret
Tommy Tune, Twiggy, "Chasin' the Clouds Away," My One and Only
Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, "All That Jazz," "Nowadays," Chicago
Jerry Orbach, "Lullaby of Broadway," 42nd Street

RECORD BREAKERS
Andrea McArdle, cast, "Tomorrow," Annie
Cast, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," Annie
Betty Buckley and cast, "Jellicle Songs," "Memory," Cats

BONUS PERFORMANCES! Both DVD and VHS formats include five additional performances not seen on the PBS pledge-special broadcasts.
Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, "McHugh Medley," Sugar Babies
Patti LuPone, "Buenos Aires," Evita
Barbara Harris, "Movie Star Gorgeous," The Apple Tree
Bonnie Franklin, "Applause," Applause
Dorothy Loudon and cast, "Easy Street," "Tomorrow" (reprise), Annie

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
We should be thankful for what we get on this DVD, so by all means, get it. By doing so, hopefully you'll encourage similar Broadway DVDs to be released in the future. (By the way, also consider getting The Best of Broadway Musicals - Original Cast Performances from The Ed Sullivan Show, which captures some great 1950s-1960s performances.)

However, I have to agree with those who say this set is lopsided, even considering that the producers didn't have the rights to release other footage from the Tonys.

The saddest thing about some of the footage is that, while it claims to capture "sung" performances, in fact a few of the numbers are lip-synched. These include two of the numbers that I was most looking forward to seeing: Angela Lansbury in "Sweeney Todd" and Robert Preston in "The Music Man." While it's great to see these performers in action, the lip synching makes it an artificial experience.

But enough caveats. These aside, there's still plenty to enjoy.

The great John Raitt sings a definitive "Hey There" from "The Pajama Game" a couple of decades after its original run. He sounds just as exciting as ever. The song is shortened, but again, let's be thankful for what we have. And there's also a scene from "42nd Street" with pre-"Law and Order" Jerry Orbach singing his heart out.

Some of the most enjoyable segments are in the DVD's "bonus extras" section. For example, in what seems the oldest segment on the DVD, the utterly charming Barbara Harris performs a number from "The Apple Tree," a 1960s musical that is now essentially forgotten by all but fervent show fans. And to watch those ever-young old troopers Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller singing and dancing in "Sugar Babies" is a joy.

So, tap your way to Amazon's checkout and get this DVD in your hands ASAP!
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We saw this on PBS and almost made an outrageous donation to obtain a DVD, then held out for its public release. (The price was far more reasonable buying it through Amazon!) Our family enjoys American muscial theater and this DVD serves up plenty of great performances. The production is well-done, with four segments: Broadway Divas, Leading Men, Dancin', and Record Breakers. Angela Lansbury introduces the show, then each part is hosted by Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Jerry Orbach and Chita Rivera, each of whom has at least one terrific performance during the show. Many of the scenes were clearly taken from a special that aired on TV in the late seventies. The singers and dancers---some of them getting a bit up there in years---deliver wonderful performances. There isn't a single bad one in the roster. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but our family really loved Betty Buckley's awesome version of "Memory" from Cats, Andrea McArdle belting out "Tomorrow" from Annie and the great hoofing and singing by Jerry Orbach and company in "42nd Street" from the musical of the same name. We also found Angela Lansbury creepily funny in Sweeney Todd and Joel Grey just plain creepy in Cabaret, as his character was intended to be. Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon also prove the old gals still have it in their song-and-dance number "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Yul Brynner also is light on his feet in "Shall We Dance?" from his signature musical The King And I. Paul Lynde vents wonderfully as a frustrated parent in his part from Bye, Bye Birdie; both Robert Preston as The Music Man and Zero Mostel as the poor man from Fiddler On The Roof display remarkable energy and zest for their longtime roles.Read more ›
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I ordered this DVD when it first came out and I've been enjoying it ever since. All the performances are enjoyable- some more than others, but they are all wonderful nonetheless. Some of my pesonal favorites include:

Patti Lupone bringing down the house along with Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton doing the song "A New Argentina" from Evita. This is definately one of my top 5 favorites on this DVD.

Anegela Lansbury providing a hilarious performance in "The worst Pies in London" from Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Carol Channing singing the nothing-less-than inspirational "Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello, Dolly!

Yul Brynner performing "Shall We Dance?" with his co-star (not sure of her name). This performance is priceless and so is that dress!

John Raitt's beautiful baritone voice soars in this song-"Hey There" from The Pajama Game

Paul Lynde delivers a ton of laughs in "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie

Joel Grey and cast perform the spectacle that is Cabaret in the song "Willkommen". This song never gets out of your head!

Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera- two of Broadway's top leading ladies come together and perform two wonderful songs from Chicago: "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays". Bob Fosse's coreography can never get old and is dispalyed in this performance for your full enjoyment.

Jerry Orbach. His death was a tragic loss to the theater. That's why these DVD's are so remarkable. This is another top performance- the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd Street. It was this performance that inspired me to save up and go to NYC to see my very first broadway show- 42nd Street.
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