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Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
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The singing talent in this show is excellent, particularly in the males. Each song is sung flawlessly with harmonies and orchestrations that, in my opinion, are improvements on the original songs and translate effectively to the stage.
Although most of the dancing is done in the first act, it is very fun to watch, hard to emulate and successfully executed.
The show was filmed in front of a live audience and filmed well, there is never any problem with not being able to see an actor on stage, nor is there a problem with people being upstaged. (Unless you want to include one person in the audience who couldn't help but standing up and applauding with their arms above their head).
The only problem I was able to notice was that the cast did seem slightly out of practice. To be more specific: In the song "On Broadway" there were problems establishing a beat as the five males in the song were trying to slow down the song in order to perform the dance steps. Also, "Poison Ivy" was, in a word, rushed.
But, overall, it is undeniable that this is probably the best recorded Broadway musical and it is a rarity to catch a show in its original cast. Also, this is rarely, if ever, on television, I would definately recommend buying it.
Still, an awesome show that every stage-lover MUST have in the collection!
What we found most intereating was how many familiar songs were written by these two men and the many artists that have performed their songs.
There is no story - just singing and dancing so you can and will enjoy this DVD for years to come.
One caveate, they do not do the Smokey Joe song.. They do a few rifts of the music in one scene but the whole song is not done in the show. We have it on a Platters CD.
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All aspects of the whole show is unbelievably great! Excellent singer, and as a personality. Sound and light. Excellent band. Magnificent arrangements, vocal and instrumental. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes to enjoy a musical at the theater. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Beryl
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