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Broadway's Lost Treasures: Volume 2

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Product Details

  • Actors: Regina Ahlgren, Bea Arthur, Lauren Bacall, Brent Barrett, Walter Bobbie
  • Directors: Chris Cohen
  • Writers: Hildy Parks, Steven B. Hecht
  • Producers: Chris Cohen, Erach Screwvala, Sharon Radcliffe
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • Release Date: Oct. 26 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0002TSZN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,378 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

The annual Tony Award® broadcast provides the only filmed record of Broadway’s best for audiences to experience as if they were front-row-center on opening night. This second compilation of great musical moments from the Tonys® features another dazzling array of stars and performances. Hosts Lauren Bacall, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Jerry Orbach introduce these 18 one-of-a-kind performances and share their personal Broadway and Tony® memories.
"Praise be to the theatre gods. . . for what was ‘lost’ is found." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the first Broadway’s Lost Treasures.

Patti LuPone, Anything Goes
Angela Lansbury, Beatrice Arthur, Mame
Robert Morse, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Jane Lapotaire, Piaf
Richard Kiley, Man of La Mancha

Nell Carter, cast, Ain’t Misbehavin’
Michael Jeter, Brent Barrett, Grand Hotel
Gregory Hines, Jelly’s Last Jam
Walter Bobbie, Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls

George Hearn, cast, La Cage aux Folles
Cast, Les Misérables
Shirley Verrett, cast, Carousel
Jerry Orbach, Chicago

Katharine Hepburn, Coco
Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
Tom Bosley, Fiorello!
Kathi Moss, cast, Nine
Bill Hutton, cast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Five additional performances not seen on the PBS broadcast
Historical information about the original Broadway productions
PLAYBILL cover art

The follow-up to the original Broadway's Lost Treasures delivers more of the same--historic performances of great moments in American musical theater televised on the Tony Awards--but is a step up in terms of sheer entertainment value. The first volume included only performances before 1987, and while they had bigger stars (Yul Brynner, Robert Preston), some of them were lip-synced and considerably less polished than their feature-film equivalents. Broadway's Lost Treasures II features newer performances that are almost indistinguishable from an actual show, including scenes from splashy, high-energy revivals such as Anything Goes (Patti LuPone and company performing the title tune) and Guys and Dolls (the fabulous "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"), and new shows such as Grand Hotel (Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett in a gloriously exuberant "Take a Glass Together"), Les Miserables ("One Day More"), La Cage aux Folles (George Hearn solo and with a chorus line in drag in "I Am What I Am"), and Jelly's Last Jam (Gregory Hines tapping "That's How You Jazz"). There are classic performances too, including Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur's 1987 reunion of "Bosom Buddies" (Mame), Richard Kiley's "The Impossible Dream" (Man of La Mancha), Jerry Orbach's "All I Care About" (Chicago), and (in the DVD's bonus content) Katharine Hepburn in a 15-minute part-dramatic, part-musical scene from Coco. Fans were disappointed when performances from Dreamgirls and A Chorus Line were pulled from the first program due to rights issues, and those still aren't included here, but one can always hope they might appear in a volume 3. --David Horiuchi

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cc495f4) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbb80c0) out of 5 stars Worth it -- but another mixed bag Nov. 25 2004
By Blu-ray Bill - Published on
Format: DVD
Once again, I'm grateful for what good we do get in the mix of performances captured in Broadway's Lost Treasures II -- for what is good is quite good.

Among the best are Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett having a ball in "Grand Hotel," Patti LuPone brassily belting in "Anything Goes," Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur radiating charm and affection in "Mame," Robert Lindsay acting and singing very much like Anthony Newley in "Me and My Girl," and Walter Bobbie and chorus bringing down the house in "Guys and Dolls."

But we also get plenty of less-exciting segments, and several once again are lip synched (generally the performers recreating their performances for the 1971 Tony show's retrospective). The latter include Richard Kiley in "Man of La Mancha" and Tom Bosley in "Fiorello." The whole lifeblood of Broadway is LIVE performance, so these artificial segments should have been left in the vault and more time should have been given to other truly live performances.

The most curious segment is Katherine Hepburn in "Coco." In the end, though, it doesn't do much for the reputation of the show -- or Hepburn, for that matter. She can't sing -- that's no surprise -- but she's also unable to immerse herself in the character. You never forget it's Hepburn doing Chanel, and she tends to bellow to be heard across the footlights. Since Hepburn insisted on having this segment pretaped without an audience, we also get a very intrusive laugh track. But for many, Hepburn's star wattage will be enough.

All that said, every Broadway fan needs to have this DVD in his/her collection. And we can only hope that more will be forthcoming.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbb8114) out of 5 stars Treasures is a perfect title for this DVD! Jan. 31 2006
By R. Schaitberger - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a musical theatre lover I've seen a lot of footage from various tony's & concerts, but this was delightful! The wide range of preformances and preformers are just great! I'd get this based only on the fact that it has Patti LuPone doing Anthing Goes on it! :) Also, the selections from Jelly's Last Jam & Chicago are just great! Enjoy! (and if you haven't seen the first Lost treasures DVD, treat yourself to that!)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbb83f0) out of 5 stars RARE AND MAGNIFICENT March 12 2005
By Dr. William A. Rieck - Published on
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I received the first and second issues of the series the same day, watched both twice. It was wonderful to relive some of the performances I saw on Broadway as well as to see some performances I was not able to see "live". There is nothing like the m,agic of live theater and both volumes bring it to you via Toney Awards telecasts. It was nice to see Tom Bosley [ Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries, and Murder She Wrote] in his Tomy Award performance as Fiorello Laguardia; Jerry Orbach [Law and Order] in 42nd Street and Chicago, Angela Lansbury [Murder She Wrote] in Mame and Sweeny Todd., and so it goes. THIS IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES MUSICAL THEATER. I only hope there is a third edition.
39 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbb82e8) out of 5 stars Looks even better than vol. 1 Aug. 27 2004
By David Horiuchi - Published on
Format: DVD
Don't get me wrong, vol. 1 was great to see. But I have some fond memories of the listed numbers, and it's possible this volume might have less star wattage and show familiarity but more polished, enjoyable performances. The list:

The Leads:
Patti LuPone, Anything Goes
Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, Mame
Robert Morse, How to Succeed
Jane Lapotaire, Piaf
Richard Kiley, Man of La Mancha

All Singing, All Dancing
Nell Carter and cast, Ain't Misbehavin'
Michael Jeter and Brent Barrett, Grand Hotel
Gregory Hines and cast, Jelly's Last Jam
Walter Bobbie and Nathan Lane, Guys and Dolls

Revivals and Record Breakers
George Hearn and cast, La Cage aux Folles
Cast, Les Miserables
Shirley Verrett and cast, Carousel
Jerry Orbach, Chicago

Bonus Performances
Katharine Hepburn, Coco
Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
Tom Bosley, Fiorello!
Kathi Moss and cast, Nine
Bill Hutton and cast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbb8924) out of 5 stars It's A Pity It Had To End! July 29 2005
By J. BLANDY - Published on
Format: DVD
To begin with, I totally agree with some reviewers that the lip-sinked numbers are a low part of the disc, but even so we watch the people who 'introduced' these classics to the public. I also think Hepburn was Hepburn, and the long dialogue section could - and should! - have been cut. But the sets and the concept of the number were great.

But in general my wife and I had the sensation that "It's A Pity It Had To End!" We could have been there for the whole night watching number after number without blinking. Michael Jeter and the cast of Grand Hotel and of course Tommy Tune's concept were incredible. Angela Landsbury and Bea Arthur were marvelous doing one of Jerry Herman's best.

Well, in conclusion, I LOVED this DVD. And we can't wait for BLT 3.