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Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Best of Broadway Musicals - Classic Performances from The Ed Sullivan Show [VHS]




This is one of the Best and Original Broadway Musical Shows.



SOME OF THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT THIS MUSIC [ SAMPLE ]



1) Great Broadway performances - I owned this on VHS and am pleased that it has made it to DVD. I hope it is the first of many releases of original Broadway performances of the 1950's and 1960's on DVD. Some performances are direct from their Broadway productions, while some are performed several years later. It runs about 56 minutes total and has extra features that provide background information on the musicals presented including creative credits, synospis, original cast, songs, Broadway production dates (including revivals), and when the film version was produced.

The performances are:
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1966)
"There's No Business Like Show Business" - Ethel Merman
OKLAHOMA! (1955)
"Oklahoma!" - John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson & Barbara Cook
"I Cain't Say No" - Celeste Holm
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958)
"I Enjoy Being a Girl" - Pat Suzuki
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1959)
"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" - Carol Channing
MY FAIR LADY (1961)
"Wouldn't It Be Loverly" - Julie Andrews
WEST SIDE STORY ( 1961)
"Tonight" - Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert
CAMELOT ( 1961)
"What Do the Simple Folk Do?" - Julie Andrews and Richard Burton
THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD (1965)
"Who Can I Turn To?" - Anthony Newley
MAN OF LA MANCHA ( 1966)
"The Impossible Dream" - Richard Kiley
SWEET CHARITY (1966)
"I'm A Brass Band" - Gwen Verdon
HELLO, DOLLY! ( 1967)
"Before the Parade Passes By" - Pearl Bailey
This is a must-have for any fan of Broadway musicals. I must say that my favorites are Gwen Verdon's "I'm a Brass Band" and Pearl Bailey's "Before the Parade Passes By", both performed while they were still in the Broadway show and with the respective choreography of Bob Fosse and Gower Champion. Seeing Bailey & cast, one can see how "Dolly" was revitalized with an all-black cast taking the show back to sold-out status. These preserved performances give us a mere glimpse into what true Broadway stars were like. The end of the DVD promises that a Volume 2 is in the works. Let's hope there are more to come.

By A Customer on July 30, 2003


2) Invaluable - Pretty much without exception, the original cast performances in Broadway musicals are matchless. However, the ephemeral nature of theatre makes it impossible to relive these performances over and over as we do with film, and often Hollywood translations missed out by hiring "bankable" Hollywood names. How lucky that Ed Sullivan led the way in featuring many of the original Broadway greats on his show. Of course, there are MANY more of these segments which I'd like to see make their way to DVD, but the segments presented here are superlative. The running list follows... Almost every one presents a Broadway star who was replaced with an inferior (and dubbed) Hollywood name in the film adaptation.

1.ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1966)

"There's No Business Like Show Business" - Ethel Merman

2.OKLAHOMA! (1955)

"Oklahoma!" - John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson & Barbara Cook

"I Cain't Say No" - Celeste Holm

3.FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958)

"I Enjoy Being a Girl" - Pat Suzuki

4.GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1959)

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" - Carol Channing

5.MY FAIR LADY (1961)

"Wouldn't It Be Loverly" - Julie Andrews

5.WEST SIDE STORY ( 1961)

"Tonight" - Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert

6.CAMELOT ( 1961)

"What Do the Simple Folk Do?" - Julie Andrews and Richard Burton

7.THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD (1965)

"Who Can I Turn To?" - Anthony Newley

8.MAN OF LA MANCHA ( 1966)

"The Impossible Dream" - Richard Kiley

9.SWEET CHARITY (1966)

"I'm A Brass Band" - Gwen Verdon

10.HELLO, DOLLY! ( 1967)

"Before the Parade Passes By" - Pearl Bailey

By D. Fletcher on October 28, 2004













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