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3 FOR TONIGHT 1 DVD TV Musical CBS TV 6/22/55 "INSTANT MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE PRESENTS" DIRECT FROM BROADWAY STARRING MARGE & GROWER CHAMPION, HARRY BELEFONTE, AND THE VOICES OF WALTER SHUMANN WITH HIRAM SHERMAN --- blk and white, vg picture, 62 minutes
3 MUSKETEERS 1 DVD 8/20/07 Beverly, USA A+ NSMT: Kevyn Morrow, John Shiappa, Jimmy Smagula, Aaron Tveit, Kate Baldwin, Chad Ackerman, Mark Aldrich. Pro-shot dress rehearsal of the full show. Crystal clear picture and sound, a treat to watch!
3 MUSKETEERS 1 DVD 2003, Rotterdam, Luxor Theatre Bastiaan Ragas, Pia Douwes, Stanley Burleson, Henk Poort, Cees Geel, Rein Kolpa, Tooske Breugem, Ellen Evers. Pro Shot DVD with menu for Scene Selection, Extras, including Musical Gala Award 2003, Mamma Mia and Lion King, Previews. A+
3 WISHES FOR SOUNDHEIMAS 3/22/14~ 54 Below - Molly Pope, Leah Horowitz, Terry Burrell, Tamra Hayden, Justin Barnette, Orville Mendoza, Barbara Tirrell, puppeteer Scottie Rowell and the Sondheimas Tabernacle Choir. "Sondheimas, falling on March 22nd, commemorates the Great One’s (Stephen Sondheim) birth much in the manner of another perennially single Jewish boy whose world view was a lot less wry. Direct from New York’s 54 Below, comes the world’s first celebration of this holiday for the ages. One part concert, one part hilarious worship service – the Sondheimas celebration features the premiere of this pageant retelling the Birth of Steve as you’ve never seen it before. Make like the (Franklin) Shepards and Wise Guys, and follow the greatest star Broadway has ever known to 54 Below in honor of this great day. Also witness the lucky few who get called on stage to help decorate the holiday beanstalk or sit in the festively decorated barber’s chair and tell Sweeney Todd their Sondheimas wishes." The show contains a mix of Sondheim’s songs, and parodies of some of his songs. Beautifully filmed. (Also see "Sondheimas" listed below.) A
4 GIRLS 4 1 DVD 1978 Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, Rose Marie, Margaret Whiting. Pro shot, vhs source, vg with slight grain, 48 minutes PLUS A 21 min SEGMENT FROM MERV GRIFFIN SHOW ABOUT 4 GIRLS 4 WITH ALL 4 PERFORMERS
Six Characters In Search Of An Author - 10/17/76 ~ PBS-TV - Pat Ast, Andy Griffith, John Houseman, Lawrence Hugo, Julie Adams, Will Albert, Timothy Blake, Patricia Hitchcock, Philip Epstein, Jeremy Foster. Directed by Stacey Keach. "Six fictional characters in an unwritten play appear to a theatrical company and demand that the company act out the characters' tragic story." Based on the 1922 Broadway play by Luigi Pirandello. A
8 1 DVD 3/13/12 a reading ~ Los Angeles, CA. Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, George Clooney, George Takei, John C. Reilly, Martin Sheen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, Christopher Colpher, Christine Lahti, Matt Bomer. Directed by Rob Reiner. "See what happens when discrimination is put on trial. Take a peek inside the trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal court case for marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8″ is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008. Written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar), "8″ is based on the actual words of the Perry trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families". This one-night-only reading was broadcast live on the internet from the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. A
9 to 5 THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 9/12 ~ Beverly, MA. Dee Hoty, Holly Davis, Shayla Osborn, George Dvorsky, Kathy St. George. Presented "in-the-round" by the North Shore Music Theatre. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Disc also includes a three minute highlight montage used for promotional purposes. A
9 TO 5 1 DVD 05/15/11 ~ US Tour Dee Hoty, Diana DeGarmo, Mamie Parris, Joseph Mahowald, Kristine Zbornik, Sean Montgomery, KJ Hippensteel, Jesse JP Johnson, Wayne Schroder, Jane Blass, Michelle Marmolejo. A good capture of the tour with all of the changes from the Broadway production. There some quick dropouts throughout the show, but most are between scenes and none last for more than 30 seconds. There is some washout here and there and a bit of obstruction in the lower left corner during the first act, but none of the action is missed. Filmed with a mix of wides, mediums, and close-ups. The sound excellent. A-
9 TO 5 1 DVD FROM BROADWAY 6/21/09 pro fan, excellent picture
9 to 5 1 DVD The Musical 4/11/2009 ~ Broadway, Previews Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, Marc Kudisch, Kathy Fitzgerald, Andy Karl, Ioana Alfonso, Timothy George, Jennifer Balahna, Justin Bohon. Blackouts for the first few minutes of both Acts I and II due to late comers, then improves. Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good mix of close-ups and full stage shots. Occasional head at the bottom of the screen. A-
9 TO 5 1 DVD PRE BROADWAY 10/19/08 The musical had a world premiere out-of-town engagement at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles beginning previews September 9, 2008. The official opening night took place on September 20, on a run through October 19. It won two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, for Musical Score (Parton) and for Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler). Following the Los Angeles run, a lawsuit was filed by the estate of Colin Higgins, the film's co-screenwriter and director, against Higgins' former attorney, now representing Resnick, for the musical's failure "to secure Mr. Higgins’s stage rights for the musical project," among other issues.
12 TO ETERNITY 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 28 Oct. 27, 1955. Edward Arnold, Barbara Britton, Philip Carey, Paul Langton
13 1 DVD 12/29/08 Graham Phillips, Allie Trim. The musical opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 16, 2008 in previews, with an official opening on October 5, 2008 and closed on January 4, 2009 after 105 performances and 22 previews. 13 is an original musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13 is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers.
13 THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 12/29/08 ~ Broadway. Graham Phillips, Allie Trimm, Eric M. Nelson, Delaney Moro, Aaron Simon Gross, Malik Hammond, Al Calderon. Filmed from the balcony. A few short cover-ups, heads in the bottom of the screen, and missing a few minutes during the "Movie theatre" scene. This is the only known capture of the show in its 90 minute state. In previews it ran around 2 hrs and 30 minutes and many songs/scenes were cut to produce the final 90 minute final version of the show. B+
13 DAUGHTERS 1969 HAWAII - RARE! World premiere performance. Eventually this show made its way to Broadway (with Don Ameche in the lead role) but closed after only 28 performances. Multi camera, pro shot. Some generational loss. Missing the last few minutes of the show. B
The 20’s, And All That Jazz Date Unknown ~ Australia, Revival Jason Langley (Spamalot), Queenie Van Der Zant (King Kong The Musical), Terry Hansen. An Off-Broadway-like musical which explores Hollywood in the 1920’s and silent films, using popular songs from the time period. Looks to be from the mid-1980’s/early 1990’s. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. A
25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE 1 DVD 6/28/06 Julius Thomas III (u/s Mitch), Bill Larkin, Cristen Paige, Eric Roediger, Jen Sese, Lucia Spina, Derrick Trumbly, Brad Weinstock, Christine Wemy; beautiful DVD with amazing closeups. A
27 Wagons Full Of Cotton 1989 ~ A&E-TV Leslie Ann Warren, Peter Boyle, Ray Sharkey. One act play written by Tennessee Williams and the inspiration for the movie Baby Doll. A presentation of the American Playwrights Theatre and televised on A&E. "In ''27 Wagons,'' the lazy, fragile, childlike Flora (Lesley Ann Warren) is married to Jake (Peter Boyle), an old lout who owns a cotton gin. When Jake burns down a neighbor's competing gin, he warns Flora to say he never left the house that night. The neighbor, an outsider named Silva Vaccaro (Ray Sharkey), then shows up with 27 wagons full of cotton for ginning. Jake is delighted to have the business but Silva will have his revenge through the seduction of the innocent Flora." A
33 VARIATIONS 2 DVD 2/27/11 Los Angeles, CA Jane Fonda Dr. (Katherine Brandt), Samantha Mathis (Clara Brandt), Greg Keller (Mike Clark), Don Amendolia (Anton Diabelli), Grant James Varjas (Anton Schindler), Zach Grenier (Ludwig Van Beethoven), Susan Kellermann (Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger).
39 STEPS 1 DVD BROADWAY 2009 Arnie Burton, Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin, Cliff Saunders. "39 Steps" is a play adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film "39 Steps" to be performed nearly verbatim onstage, but with a cast of four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women whom he has romantic entanglements with, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lighting fast quick changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film's serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho and North by Northwest. Well filmed from the balcony! A
42ND STREET 1 DVD Lakeland, FL, Non-Equity tour, 12/3/04, Kyle Dean Massey (Billy), Mara Davi (Peggy), Natalie Buster (Dorothy Brock), Ron Smith (Julian Marsh), Maureen Veronica Illmensee (Maggie), Evan Alboum (Bert), Randi Kaye, Michelle Whitty, Erin West, Pro-shot with multiple cameras and angles, fantastic capture of the show, it does have time counter at bottom of screen though, A
42nd STREET 1 DVD Broadway Revival 4/21/01 Michael Cumpsty, Beth Leavel (u/s), Kate Levering, David Elder. Shot from balcony with good zooms. Only minor obstructions and a little spotlight washout in a few scenes, from the master. A-
110 In The Shade
8/5/92 ~ New York
Karen Ziemba, Ron Raines, Richard Muenz. New York City Opera. Great, clear video. A-
110 IN THE SHADE 1 DVD 4/15/07 ~ Broadway Audra McDonald, John Cullum, Steve Kazee, Chris Butler, Carla Duren, Christopher Innvar, Bobby Steggert. Stunning production with perfect cast and wonderful capture. Don't miss this sensational production. A
110 STORIES 1 DVD BROADWAY 9/10/04 A Staged reading to Benefit the Leary Firefighters Association in remembrance of the September 11th tragedy. Benjamin Bratt, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, Susan Sarandon. Well-shot. A
700 SUNDAYS 1 DVD 3/11/05 BROADHURTS THEATER NYC STARRING BILLY CRYSTAL menu with act select , excellent picture
1776 - 4/2/16 ~ Encores! - John Behlmann (Thomas Jefferson), Nikki Renée Daniels (Martha Jefferson), André De Shields (Stephen Hopkins), Santino Fontana (John Adams), Alexander Gemignani (Edward Rutledge), John Larroquette (Benjamin Franklin), Christiane Noll (Abigail Adams), Bryce Pinkham (John Dickinson), Jubilant Sykes (Richard Henry Lee). Presented "concert style" with the actors occasionally holding their scripts. This production features the cast in modern-day dress and not period costuming. Filmed from the Orchestra section using a High Definition camcorder. Within the first 30 minutes there are a few short spots filmed around a head, far left side. During the long debate scene there is a 9-minute blackout during dialogue. A-
1776 1 DVD RIVERSIDE, CA 4/13/04 Performance Riverside Production, Steve Glaudini, John Massey, Jr., Allen Everman, Greg Nichols, Tony Quinn, Nils Anderson, Sean Cox, Jill Van Velzer, Shannon Watson, production won the '04 L.A. Ovation award for best musical, filmed using one camera on a tripod, pro-shot, A
1776 1 DVD 3/16/01 ~ Seattle, WA Tour. Patti Cohenour, David Pichette, Joe Mahowald, Kim Huber. Filmed from the balcony with nice zooms. Heads in the shot, but taper does his best to shoot around them. Great production! B+
50 Shades! The Musical 1/16/15 ~ Off-Broadway David Andino, Kaitlin Frotton, Chris Grace, Adam Hyndman, Tim Murray, Amber Petty, Casey Rogers, Alec Vargas, Ashley Ward, Chloe Williamson. "50 Shades! The Musical" is one of three parodies currently making the rounds, along with "Cuff Me: The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Unauthorized Musical Parody" and "Spank! The ‘50 Shades’ Parody," but "50 Shades!" has a leg up on the others, having premiered first in August 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before runs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Because the novel is notoriously thin on plot, "50 Shades!" beefs up the material with an amusing framing device: Three bored housewives are reading the novel in their book club. We then meet the story’s main characters, starting with virginal Anastasia Steele. She falls hard for gorgeous billionaire Christian Grey, who wants to bring her into a BSDM relationship as his sex slave. The fact that Grey doesn’t have a model’s good looks and sports some extra weight is the source of much of the script’s humor. According to the Playbill, the show runs "100 minutes (or approximately 69 minutes with intermission"). Filmed using one camcorder on a tripod with audio patched in from the soundboard. Because it was filmed in a small Off-Broadway theatre, there are heads in the bottom of the frame, but they don’t really get in the way. A
54 Celebrates Boston’s Colonial Theatre 4/19/16 ~ New York "Anything Goes. Oklahoma. Follies. La Cage Aux Folles. Grand Hotel. Those five musicals, plus many others, all got their start at Boston’s historic Colonial Theatre. Now, as the Colonial is in danger of shutting it doors, Feinstein’s/54 Below celebrates the famed venue with an evening of songs and stories, performed by the legends themselves who were lucky enough to grace its stage. 54 Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper is on hand to share trivia and anecdotes about the theatre that has been host to such legends as Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim. Theatre professionals who have tread the boards at the Colonial over several decades all coming together to pay tribute to this important house— and share why it must be saved. Featuring Anita Gillette (Cabaret), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), Clyde Alves (On the Town), George Lee Andrews (A Little Night Music), Ken Billington (Chicago), Todd Buonopane (Cinderella), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Todd Buonopane (Cinderella), Rebecca Eichenberger (The Phantom of the Opera), Spence Ford (King of Hearts), Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), Andrew Leggieri (The Bandstand), Danny Lincoln (The Wizard of Oz), Lawrence Merritt (Dear World), Don Pippin (La Cage Aux Folles), Rebecca Spigelman (Hairspray), Kevin David Thomas (Les Misérables), Penny Worth (Chicago), and members of Actor’s Therapy NYC. Presented at Feinstein’s 54 Below. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. A
54 Sings: Henry, Sweet Henry 1 DVD 6/14/17 New York. Narrated by Neva Small (Original 1967 cast member). Ron Spivak (Henry Orient), Beada Briglia (Valerie Boyd), Evie Dolan (Pia), Kristen Gehling (Stella), Christine Knitel (Mrs. Cooney), Eric Knitel (Mr. Boyd), Megan Moynahan (Marian Gilbert), Alexa Shae Niziak (Kafritz), Corinna Sowers-Adler (Mrs. Boyd). Follow Val and Gil, two smitten teens, as they chase famed composer Henry Orient up and down Manhattan and unwittingly expose his numerous affairs in this concert presentation of the charming and rarely-seen musical Henry, Sweet Henry. Henry, Sweet Henry was produced on Broadway in 1967, featuring a book by Nunnally Johnson and music and lyrics by five-time Tony Award nominee Bob Merrill. The show, based on the novel and film The World of Henry Orient, has since become a cult favorite despite a short 80 performance run on Broadway. Presented at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Filmed from stage left, the filmer just sat his camcorder on his table, so there are no zooms or pans. Heads appear in the bottom half of the screen. B+
66th & Broadway: Frank Wildhorn And Friends 10/11/15 ~ WNET-TV Frank Wildhorn performs with vocalists Clint Holmes, Carrie Manolakos and Adrienne Warren. Some of the songs performed include: "Someone Like You" ( Jekyll & Hyde), "Sarah" (Civil War) "I’ll Forget You" (Scarlet Pimpernel) and "Where do Broken Hearts Go" which was made famous by Whitney Houston. Wildhorn also debuts a brand new song called "Sad Eyes." 1 hour. A
70, Girls, 70 4/2/06 ~ Encores! Charlotte Rae, Anita Gillette, Carole Cook, Tina Fabrique, Mary Jo Catlett, Bob Dishy, Mark Price, Olympia Dukakis. Performed "concert style." ACT 2 only! Nicely done, just a shame it's not the whole show. A-
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 1 DVD 3/11/96 ~ London. Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Riding, Siân Phillips, Issy Van Randwyk, Patricia Hodge. Highlights of this legendary, amazing production from the National Theatre, London; some generation loss but nice video with good sound and some close-ups
ABBA Mania 2006 ~ Melbourne, Australia David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Kane Alexander, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastion, Jaynie Seal, more... Televised Australian special filmed at the Palms Room at the Crown Casino in Melbourne featuring the music of Abba. Great for fans of Mamma Mia or Abba music. A
AD/BC: A Rock Opera 1 DVD 2004 ~ London Matt Berry, Julian Barratt, Richard Ayoade, Matt Lucas, Julia Davis, Noel Fielding, Karl Theobald, Tom Hillenbrand, Lucy Montgomery, Lydia Fox, Sophie Winkleman, Graham Linehan. Claiming to be a rock opera recorded 12/18/78 at the Dublin Castle in Camden, England, this farcical send-up of Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of Jesus' birth from the perspective of the innkeeper. Hilarious for JCS fans, especially those with mixed feelings about the 1973 film adaptation. Pro-shot video A
ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 3/21/10 ~ New York All My Children’s Cameron Mathison was back to host this year and was joined by AMC costars Brittany Allen, Bobbie Eakes, Natalie Hall, Adam Mayfield, Cornelius Smith, Jr. and Walt Willey. One Life to Live was represented by Kristen Alderson, Melissa Archer, Brandon Buddy, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Mark Lawson, Kelley Missal, Jason Tam and Bree Williamson, while General Hospital offered fan favorites Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Anthony Geary, Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Parsons. Highlights: The show opened with Kristen Alderson, Brandon Barash, Kassie DePaiva, Bobbie Eakes, David Gregory, Natalie Hall, Mark Lawson, Jason Tam, Melissa Archer and our singing, dancing ensemble performing "9 to 5." Cheers and shrieks greeted Mathison, who entered wearing only a white bathrobe. "My alarm didn’t go off, I swear," said the charming host, who shared his hosting duties with Lee Cummings, who won the opportunity to co-host through a competitive online auction, showed impressive poise onstage. The evening’s first soloist was Cornelius Smith, Jr., performing "Let It Sing" from the off-Broadway musical Violet, followed by Brittany Allen with Thoroughly Modern Millie’s "Gimme Gimme." Brandon Barash, Anthony Geary and Nathan Parsons showed their sexy and slightly sinister sides donned in suits and fedoras for "Dirty Rotten Number" from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Troubadour Walt Willey reworked Chuck Segar’s "Key to the Highway" as "Key to Pine Valley," while Adam Mayfield, another tall charmer, sang "I Slept with Someone (Who Slept with Lyle Lovett)" from High Fidelity. Though her appearance at this year’s event was well-promoted, ctress/comedienne and co-host of The View Sherri Shepherd surprised the crowd with a full-on, Ike-and-Tina style performance of "Proud Mary." Jeff Johnson-Doherty created a number of eye-catching costumes for the evening’s performance, including Shepherd’s bangley, spangley, purple Tina Turner dress, an orange and kelly green Miss Saigon-esque pimp outfit for Anthony Geary who stopped the show with "The American Dream," and a bustier-licious Bavarian number for Bobbie Eakes who kicked off the Second Act with a rousing "He Vas My Boyfriend" from Young Frankenstein. Kristen Alderson serenaded TV boyfriend Brandon Buddy with "Honey, Honey" from Mamma Mia! while, in a more serious vein, Jason Tam joined Alderson with the Spring Awakening duet "Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind." Mark Lawson offered "What Is It About Her" from off-Broadway’s The Wild Party. Barash performed "What Am I Doing?" from Closer Than Ever, while Rent was represented by Nathalie Hall’s solo rendition of "Take Me or Leave Me" and Nathan Parsons’ "Your Eyes." Bradford Anderson described the "perfect, perfect girl" in the humorous "That’s All" by Fred Ebb Award winners Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. Bree Williamson and BethAnn Bonner dueted on "For Good" from Wicked, while pale and broodingly handsome Jonathan Jackson drew cheers from and thunderous applause from fans for a haunting rendition of "Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera. Another auction winner appearing onstage was the lovely Melanie Butler – looking a lot like a daytime star herself – happily joining daytime hunks Barash, Gregory and Mayfield in a daytime send-up of The Wizard of Oz called "There’s No Place Like Home." Serenaded by the cast and audience at the end of the evening, birthday girl Kassie DePaiva – in her fifth Town Hall appearance – delighted with the anthem for put upon women, "You Can Always Count on Me" from City of Angels. The evening ended with Tam, who in addition to One Life to Live, recently starred in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, leading the sexy Cole Porter show-stopping production number, "Too Darn Hot." In addition to "Too Darn Hot," there were a half dozen other numbers that featured a stellar singing and dancing ensemble including Cole Burden, Kelly Carpenter, JD Daw, Nina Hudson, James Jackson, Christine LaDuca, Mary Catherine McDonald, Tim McGarrigal, Jackie Meyers, Cody Smith and Jill Wolins. Professionally filmed for video using one camera on a tripod. A
ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BROADWAY 1 DVD 3/9/09 PROSHOT David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish from Billy Elliot. The show included more than 20 numbers, showcasing the varied talents of ABC daytime cast members, many of whom have strong Broadway and cabaret backgrounds. Susan Lucci joined BethAnn Bonner, Hillary B. Smith and Chrishell Stause for the opening number "Daytime Queen," based on ABBA’s "Dancing Queen." A trio of beautiful and powerful vocalists who have emerged as "The Divas of Daytime" - Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva and Bobbie Eakes - stopped the first act in its tracks with a rousing medley of "Sweet Child O’ Mine," "When Will I Be Loved" and "Anyway" and returned to the audience’s delight in the second act for a stirring interpretation of "I Hope You Dance." The always-charming Walt Willey accompanied himself on guitar on two lighthearted numbers, including John Prine’s "In Spite of Ourselves," a duet with beautiful, sassy Melissa Claire Egan. GH veteran Anthony Geary displayed his powerful voice on the intimate ballad "Never Will I Marry" from Greenwillow before shifting musical gears to sing the power-duet, "I Can See It" from The Fantasticks, with his GH co-star, Bradford Anderson. Teenage star Kristen Alderson sang "Mother’s Prayer," while AMC and Broadway’s Jason Tam tapped and charmed as a song and dance man with "All I Need is the Girl" from Gypsy. Chrishell Stause, pretty and very pregnant in pink, offered "Always a Bridesmaid," while Ricky Paull Goldin and guest vocalists, Mindy Wallace and Jill Wolins, joined her on the Georgia Satellites’ "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Scott Clifton impressed with his own composition "Stranger," Brittany Underwood performed "Funny Honey" from Chicago, while hunky Brandon Barash offered a horrifyingly comic "Dentist" from Little Shop of Horrors (complete with oversized dental instruments of torture). Act II included Eden Riegel’s funny, moving take on the cabaret favorite "Taylor, the Latte Boy," a very sharp and dapper Darnell Williams performing "That’s Life," sexy Hillary B. Smith shaking it up with "It Ain’t the Meat It’s the Motion," Broadway boy Jacob Young (Beauty & The Beast) on "Everything," BethAnn Bonner with a lovely "Waiting for Charlie to Come Home," and a moving interpretation of "Anthem" from Chess, sung by Mark Lawson, who singled out his father in the audience. The evening ended with Mathison (buff and sleeveless) and Lucci (sexy in a slinky short gold skirt and matching boots), performing a dance medley to Cole Porter’s "Too Darn Hot." The standouts from separate seasons of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars remained onstage to announce the evening’s fundraising total with a check presentation, and bring out all the performers for a final curtain call. This has become an annual event where the ABC daytime stars spoof and pay tribute to Broadway. A ton of fun and a MUST for anyone who is a fan of ABC daytime.
ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 3/2/08 ~ New York Susan Lucci, Whoopi Goldberg, Cameron Mathison, Amanda Baker, Rebecca Budig, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Colin Egglesfield, Billy Miller, Leven Rambin, Chrishell Stause, Sterling Sulieman, Aiden Turner, Walt Willey. Kristen Alderson, Justis Bolding, BethAnn Bonner, John Brotherton, Brandon Buddy, Kathy Brier, Kamar de los Reyes, Kassie DePaiva, Farah Fath, Catherine Hickland, Brian Kerwin, John-Paul Lavoisier, Hillary B. Smith, Tika Sumpter, Jason Tam and Bree Williamson, Kimberly McCullough, Sonya Eddy, Bradford Anderson. "The annual ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit was created as a way for us to give back to the community and support a great organization," said Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. "This event also provides a unique outlet to extend our brand while providing our loyal viewers the opportunity to see their favorite stars perform live on Broadway." The event featured two acts with 24 total performances. Highlights included: -Whoopi Goldberg greeting the audience and thanking everyone in the house on behalf of thousands of people they would never meet who were helped by money raised from this event; -The opening number featuring headliner Susan Lucci and a chorus of 10 women of ABC Daytime singing "Omigod!" from Legally Blonde in the elaborate Laugh In-style set designed by BC/EFA’s own David Masenheimer; -Kimberly McCullough singing the Shirley Bassey arrangement of "Big Spender" backed by BethAnn Bonner, Bree Williamson, and Jason Tam dancing some very racy choreography created by Broadway Bares favorite Rhonda Miller; -Broadway’s own Ariel and Prince Eric - Sierra Boggess and Sean Palmer - bringing down the house with "In Only" and "Part of Your World" from Disney’s hit new musical The Little Mermaid, now playing at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; -Brandon Buddy, David Chisum, Colin Egglesfield and Sterling Sulieman raising the temperature in the room while disrobing to "Let it Go" from The Full Monty; -OLTL’s Kathy Brier’s brilliant-to-the-back wall belt-out on "The Music That Makes Me Dance," from Funny Girl; -Long-time BC/EFA supporter Bobbie Eakes showing off her singing and dancing chops with a fully staged version of "All That Jazz" that blew the roof off of Town Hall; -General Hospital fan favorite Bradford Anderson giving voice to his powerful legit tenor with "She Was There" from "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Multi camera, pro-shot for video. A
ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BC/EFA 1 DVD 2/25/07 The high energy event kicked off with a knockout performance of "One Night Only" featuring "One Life To Live’s" Kassie DePaiva and Renee Goldsberry joined by "All My Children’s" Bobbie Eakes and the indefatigable Susan Lucci with AMC’s Jeffrey Carlson in full "girl group" regalia. Joy Behar co-host of "The View," opened the evening with a special comedy performance. Cameron Mathison from "All My Children" served as host for the evening that featured thirty of the best loved stars working in ABC Daytime – including " General Hospital " legend Anthony Geary, who donned the hausfrau frock as Edna Turnblad from Hairspray alongside co-star, Stephen DeRosa. This has become an annual event where the ABC daytime stars spoof and pay tribute to Broadway. A ton of fun and a MUST for anyone who is a fan of ABC daytime.
ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BC/EFA 1 DVD 2/06/06 PRO SHOT All My Children’s Susan Lucci, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Vincent Irizarry, Jill Larsen, Cady McClain, Sydney Penny, Aiden Turner, Walt Willey and Jacob Young; Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Kristen Alderson, Kathy Brier, Kerry Butler, Kassie DePaiva, Renee Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Matt Metzger and Trevor St. John represented One Life to Live. General Hospital stars Scott Clifton, Rick Hearst and Kimberly McCollough; This has become an annual event where the ABC daytime stars spoof and pay tribute to Broadway. A ton of fun and a MUST for anyone who is a fan of ABC daytime.
ABC STAGE 67 1 DVD DARE I WEEP DARE I MOURN 1966 James Mason, Hugh Griffith, Jill Gennett, Kay Walsh; directed by Tod Kotcheff; from a John Le Carre spy novel. In West Berlin, a man who lived his whole life under the thumb of his father, must get the coffin with his father's remains across the border. However, he is in for a not so pleasant
ABC STAGE 67 1 DVD ELEANOR: IN HER OWN WORDS 1986. Taped one woman show with Lee Remick.
ABOVE THE FOLD 2 DVD Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 2/1/14. Taraji P Henson (Jane), Arye Gross (Marvin), Kristopher Higgins (Victor), Mark Kildreth (Lorne), Kristy Johnson (Monique), Joe Massingill (Bobby), Seamus Mulcahy (Eric), world premiere, "Jane" an African-American newspaper reporter from NY flies to a Southern university where three white fraternity members have been accused of raping a young African-American woman, this show asks tough questions about exploitation of tradegy, the cost of success and the dangers that come when ambition collides with truth, loosely based on the 2006 Duke lacrosse case where three student athletes were falsely accused of raping an African American stripper, A
ABSOLUTE HELL: A ROSE COLORED SPECTACLE 1 DVD London 10/5/91 BBC-TV Judi Dench, Francesca Annis, Anthony Calf, Moyra Frasier, Charles Gray, Betty Marsden. Based on the play written by Rodney Ackland. "A production of Rodney Ackland's once scandalous black comedy about the alcoholic, nymphomaniac owner of a Soho drinking club in bomb blasted London in the weeks leading up to the 1945 election. Shot on video as part of the BBC's excellent Performance series. Absolute Hell grew out of Ackland's 1952 play "The Pink Room" (also known as The Escapists) which was a major flop at the time, Ackland himself felt it was too watered down and in the 1980's reworked it, retitled it and turned it into a real gem. Honest, funny and highly entertaining". A
ABSOLUTELY PHANTOMLESS 1 DVD AUSTRALIA 4/13/95 proshot The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron McIntosh's Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only. Very rare! Very enjoyable show!
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR 1 DVD 10/8/05 BROADWAY Sam Robards, Mireille Enos, Clea Lewis, Alan Rush, Deborah Rush, Paxton Whitehead, includes NY1 opening night coverage and reviews, A
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR 1 DVD 10/05/05
ABYSSINIA 1 DVD 10/95 ~ North Shore Music Theatre Archival tape of great regional production. Great Production with great cast. Pro Shot. A-
ACE 1 DVD 2007 ~ San Diego, CA. Michael Arden, Darren Ritchie, Lisa Datz, Heather Ayers, Kelli Barrett, Richard Barth, Noah Galvin. The West Coast premiere of this new musical produced at the Old Globe Theatre. Not the complete show, but rather about an hour of highlights only. A-
ACORN ANTIQUES! THE MUSICAL 1 DVD LONDON 1/1/06 Pro-shot video; excellent quality. Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Josie Lawrence, Neil Morrissey, Sally Ann Triplett A+
ACTING SHAKESPEARE 1 DVD 1988 ~ TV Production Filmed for PBS IAN McKELLEN:
ACTOR 1 DVD PBS-TV 1/1/78 Herschel Bernardi, Georgia Brown, Howard Duff, Harold Gould, Hildy Brooks. A musical play based on the early years of actor Paul Muni. A
ACTOR’S FUND CONCERT 1 DVD 10/8/06 ~ Brian Stokes Mitchell Live - Los Angeles, CA "Kicking off the Actor's Fund "Musical Mondays" series, Tony Award winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell plays to a capacity crown in the beautiful lobby of the Pantages Theatre. Stopping the show multiple times, and receiving 2 standing ovations, Mitchell performed a set which included some pop and jazz as well as showstoppers "Wheels Of A Dream," This nearly Was Mine," and "The Impossible Dream." Mitchell also sings "Embracable You" to Mitzy Gaynor who was sitting in the first row." Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Crystal clear. DVD has been enhanced to include an opening menu and scene selections. A
ADAM PASCAL 1 DVD & Anthony Rapp in Concert SKOKIE, IL 10/22/2011 Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp in Concert 10/22/11 ~ Skokie, IL Beautifully captured concert of Adam & Anthony each performing with their own band and own set. The concert ran over two hours with each performing an hour and then a handful of songs at the end. Songs include many Broadway songs with a twist such as: Memory, Joanna, I Don't Care Much, Not A Day Goes By, Sunday, What I Did For Love, Origins of Love and many more. Also they did original songs, pop covers, and five songs from Rent. A beautifully performed concert, highly suggested to anyone! A
ADAM PASCAL 1 DVD & TAYLOR DAYNE SUPPER CLUB CONCERT -- NO DATE -- pro fan shot --vg picture --very small setting, great close ups
Addams Family 10/24/15 Fullerton, CA. Bronson Pinchot (Gomez Addams), Rachel York (Morticia Addams), Anthony Gruppuso (Uncle Fester), Micaela Martinez (Wednesday Addams), Dante Marenco (Pugsley Addams), Candi Milo (Grandma), Dino Nicandros (Lucas Beineke), Robert Yacko (Mal Beineke), Tracy Rowe Mutz (Alice Beineke), Dustin Ceithamer (Lurch). Presented by 3-D Theatricals. Nicely filmed, but there are some dropouts occasionally, mostly during "When You’re An Addams". A
ADDAMS FAMILY 1 DVD US TOUR 7/12 DOUGLAS SILLS, CHRISTY MORTON
The Addams Family
11/30/11 ~ Broadway
Brooke Shields, Roger Rees, Jim Borstelmann (u/s Uncle Fester), Jackie Hoffman, Rachel Potter, Adam Riegler, Adam Grupper, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jesse Swenson and Fred Inkley (u/s Lurch). Nice capture of the replacement cast. It takes the filmer a minute or two to find the stage, and heads appear at the very bottom of the frame throughout. Disc also includes the BCEFA speech and auction of Mortica's ring, and a meet and greet with Brooke Sheilds. A-
The Addams Family
10/18/11 ~ Tampa, FL, Tour
Douglas Sills, Sara Gettelfinger, Blake Hammond, Pippa Pearthree, Cortney Wolfson, Patrick D. Kennedy, Tom Corbeil. Nicely filmed, with a good balance of full stage shots and close-ups. Some slight spotlight washout occasionally, but nothing too bad. A
The Addams Family
3/12/10 ~ Broadway
Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlain, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Riegler. Many, Many changes from the Pre-Broadway run in Chicago. Very nicely filmed from the balcony. An occasional head in the bottom of the frame-but nothing too bad. A
ADDAMS FAMILY 1 DVD CHICAGO PRE-BROADWAY 12/29/09 Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Riegler; beautiful capture of the show that is sure to change before Broadway. The talent is wonderful from every aspect and there are a lot of great moments. A
Address Unknown 7/10/04 ~ Off-Broadway Jim Dale, William Atherton. "First published in 1938 in Story magazine as a wake-up call warning Americans of the true nature of the Nazi menace, this punchy epistolary tale enacts a stunning drama of friendship, betrayal and vengeance. In 1932, San Francisco art-gallery owner Max Eisenstein, a Jew who grew up in pre-Nazi Germany, bids farewell to his longtime friend and business partner Martin Schulse, who returns with his family to Munich, where he becomes a Nazi. Through their letters to one another, which quickly move from warmth to a chilling disregard, we watch as the once-liberal Martin, seduced by grandiose visions of German destiny and by the rantings of "our Glorious Leader," vents an anti-Semitism that he tortuously rationalizes. Max, alarmed by reports of anti-Jewish persecution in Germany, asks Martin to look after his actress sister, Griselle, who is performing in Berlin. When she is murdered by Nazi storm troopers after being refused refuge at the Schulse house, Max takes revenge through a clever epistolary ploy that provides a satisfying surprise ending. Nearly 60 years after its initial publication, Kressman's story serves not only as a reminder of Nazi horrors but as a cautionary tale in light of current racial, ethnic and nationalist intolerance." Well filmed. A bit dark at times due to the stage lighting. Disc includes scanned Playbill information. A-
Ad-Liberty 7/14/03 ~ "R Family Cruise" Filmed aboard Rosie O'Donnell's "R Family Cruise." John Tartaglia’s fully realized version of his cabaret show performed for the Rosie cruise. A-
ADVENTURE FOR HIRE 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 28 June 26, 1957 Brian Keith, Pat O'Brien, Robert Brubaker
The Adventure’s Of Pinocchio 2008 ~ London Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio), Jonathan Summers (Geppetto), Mary Plazas (The Blue Fairy), Rebecca Bottone (Cricket/Parrot), Allan Clayton (Lampwick). "The Adventures of Pinocchio is a 2007 opera in two acts by Jonathan Dove with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton based on the novel by Carlo Collodi. It tells of the creation of the wooden puppet 'Pinocchio' and some of his adventures on the way to becoming a real boy. The opera was commissioned by Opera North with Sadler's Wells Theatre, and the original production opened at the Grand Theatre in Leeds on December 21, 2007. The production includes some ingenious technical stage effects, and used a full symphony orchestra including two accordions (which appear briefly on stage), a piano, and assorted percussion. The opera received its North American premiere by the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2009, with mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala in the title role. The show was recorded live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, on February 29 & 1 March 1 2008. Multi camera, pro-shot video. A
ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER 1 DVD 4/10/01 ~ Broadway Joshua Park, Jim Poulos, Kristin Bell, Linda Purl, John Dossett. Digital - Sound levels are low at times. Otherwise, great! Includes TV promo, reviews, rehearsal footage, Rosie O’Donnell show performance A-
ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER 1 DVD 2001 Press Reels. About 1 hour and 15 minutes of professionally filmed footage used for media purposes. Some generational loss. B
ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER 1 DVD 4/10/01 Broadway. Joshua Park, Jim Poulos, Kristin Bell, Linda Purl, John Dossett. Broadway flop with only 21 official performances. Sound levels can be low at times. Otherwise, it's fairly good. A-
AFRICAN FOOTPRINT 1 DVD THE MUSICAL Since it's inaugural performance in front of Nelson Mandela and World leaders on Robben Island on Millennium Eve, "African Footprint" has gone on to become South Africa's longest running musical, thrilling and entertaining people all over the world. With it's raw energy, talent, spirit and passion, "African Footprint" has played to standing ovations in the USA, China, Australia, Monte Carlo, Europe, Israel, India, Mexico, Lebanon, France, not forgetting its home base in South Africa and is now set to embark on a whole new international tour! An exhilarating journey through Africa's history, culture and spirit, "African Footprint" has set new standards in the world of dance and music. It's dancers, singers and drummers - drawn from South Africa's cities, townships and rural areas alike - have gone on to amazing success stories in their own right, proving the power and talent of 'Africa's children'... with the show now as much their success as that of anyone else. Ten years after it's World Premiere on 5/11/00, "African Footprint" continues to bring something uniquely African to global audiences and is truly a show that cannot be rivaled, and one that should not be missed. PRO SHOT, CRYSTAL - A+
AFTER ASHLEY 1 DVD 2/19/2005 ~ New York. Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Tim Hopper, Grant Shaud. Great video with great sound; hard to do in such a small theatre but looks great. A
AFTER ASHLEY 1 DVD Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Tim Hopper, Grant Shaud; great video with great sound, hard to do in such a small theatre but looks great.
AFTER MIDNIGHT 1 DVD 5/14/2014 - OBC - Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, Adriane Lenox, Karine Plantadi, Donneshia Sumbrey-Edwards, Justin Presott, Virgil Gadson, Jared Grimes. Quality Notes: Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions. Such a wonderful fun show that I really enjoyed so much more than I expected! Fantasia is a wonderful job and the dancing was sublime. After Midnight is the Broadway production of Cotton Club Parade that premiered Off-Broadway at New York City Center's Encores! concert series in November 2011 . The revue takes place "after midnight" in New York's Harlem. It features jazz pieces by Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Harold Arlen, framed by the poetry of Langston Hughes. The show features an orchestra of 17 musicians, 25 vocalists, dancers and performers. It is headlined by a rotating list of performers
After Miss Julie 1 DVD 11/4/95 BBC-TV. Geraldine Somerville (Miss Julie), Kathy Burke (Christine), Phil Daniels (John). "After Miss Julie is an adaptation of the 1888 play Miss Julie by August Strindberg. The narrative takes place on the night of July 26, 1945, after the British Labor Party's landslide defeat of the Conservatives (led by Winston Churchill). The atmosphere is lively, and the action takes place on a property owned by Miss Julie's rich father. Christine (Kathy Burke) and John (Phil Daniels) work for Miss Julie's father and are planning on getting married. Miss Julie (played by Geraldine Somerville) complicates this when she, slightly drunk from celebrating, begins to flirt with John. Christine is aware of this, but is so tired from working that she goes to bed. Once Christine is gone, John and Miss Julie begin talking about the past, flirting with each other all the while. John admits that he has always "loved" her, and Miss Julie responds to that sexually. They sleep together, and in the early morning Christine walks in on them in John's room. She leaves, shocked by it. The next morning Miss Julie is panicking about sleeping with one of her father's employee's. She talks with John and he says that he had seduced her and did not really love her. Miss Julie, ashamed that he took her virginity, plans to leave. Christine confronts John and Miss Julie begins to seem suicidal. The open ending leaves their fates up to the audience, with Christine planning to go to church, Miss Julie leaving for the barn with a razor and John receiving orders from Miss Julie's father". Presented as part of the BBC series Performance. A.
After The Dance 12/5/92 ~ BBC-TV Anton Rodgers (David Scott-Fowler), Gemma Jones (Joan Scott-Fowler), Imogene Stubbs (Helen Banner), John Bird (John Reid), Richard Lintern (Peter Scott-Fowler), Roberta Taylor (Julia Brown). After the Dance is a play by Terence Rattigan which premièred at the St James's Theatre, London, on June 21, 1939. It was not one of Rattigan's more successful plays, closing after only sixty performances, a failure that led to its exclusion from his first volume of Collected Plays. "David and Joan Scott-Fowler were 'bright young things' of the 1920s, whose ambition is to treat everything as trivia and to live lives of pure sensation. They always maintained that they married for amusement and not for love. However, Helen Banner, a serious young woman, has fallen in love with David and is determined to change his lifestyle, free him from Joan, stop him from drinking and re-awaken the serious historian in him. Unfortunately, Joan does indeed love David very deeply and is trapped by her posture of carelessness. At a party they are holding, Joan is bruised by the clash between private agony and public joy and she kills herself. The characters are shattered by the revelation and even though David and Helen plan to get away from this life, the play ends with a clear sign that David will continue as he did". The play largely remained forgotten until this BBC-TV telecast. A
AFTER THE FALL 1 DVD 7/3/04 ~ Broadway. Starring: Peter Krause, Carla, Gugino, Jessica Hecht, Vivienne Benesch, Chris Bowers, Candy Buckley, Ken Marks, Kathleen McNenny, Mark Nelson, Jonathan Walker, Dan Ziskie. A stellar set, and a wonderfully talented cast. Mainly a full stage to mid range shot with very low sound. Nice to see this performed live instead of reading it.
After The Night And The Music 5/17/05 ~ Broadway Jeannie Berlin, Brian Kerwin, Jere Burns, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Deirdre Madigan, J. Smith-Cameron Written by Elaine May. Second City veteran Elaine May brings After the Night And The Music to the stage. After the Night And The Music features three "skitcoms" that are supposed to chronicle some of life in the millennium. One After the Night And The Music skit portrays the awkwardness of two married couples attempting group sex for the first time. Another short skit follows an overweight chorus boy as he helps a lesbian dance in public. Most critics found this to be the funniest of the three plays in After the Night And The Music. The middle play of After the Night And The Music focuses on four singles in the often-alienating modern times. The lives of each character unfold through monologues and brief telephone conversations. After the Night And The Music explores the nuances of the human condition poking fun at loneliness and insecurity. The play closed after just 38 performances. Beautifully filmed with some great close-ups. Disc also includes scanned Playbill information, and opening night coverage, and a NY1 review. A
AGNES OF GOD 1 DVD BOSTON 1983 Elizabeth Ashley, Mercedes McCambridge, 108 minutes, pro fan shot, vg picture
AH WILDERNESS 1 DVD 4/28/59 Hallmark Hall of Fame w/ Burgess Meredith, Norman Fell, Helen Hayes
AIDA 1 DVD 3/28/10 Original Broadway Cast: Heather Headley, Adam Pascal Sherie Renee Scott 2h 8m 14s
AIDA 1 DVD 4/14/2007 ~ Colorado Springs, CO. Leah Allers, Casey Elliott, Marja Harmon, David Walker (u/s Zoser), Dane Harrington Joseph, Michael Johnson, Ebony Blake, Edward C. Smith. Filmed from the last row in the balcony. Act One begins in the middle of the Overture and ends about a minute into Elaborate Lives (about an hour and three minutes). Act Two is complete from A Step Too Far to Curtain Call; few cover-ups in Act One due to clapping, while act two has a few cover-ups due to latecomers and clapping. Some heads in the left hand corner for about a total of 5 minutes of the whole video. A
AIDA 1 DVD 11/9/06 ~ Madison, WI. Leah Allers, Casey Elliott, Marja Harmon, Dane Harrington Joseph, DJ Rudd, Michael Johnson. The Non-Equity Tour. Totally different production from the Broadway version which has modern/urban update to it. Occasional blackouts during the first 18 minutes but other than that nicely captured with great performances. A-
AIDA 1 DVD 7/25/05 ~ Music Theatre of Wichita, KS. Montego Glover, Darren Ritchie, Chelsea Krombach, Craig Ricks, Javier Perez-Gomez, Thomas Wesley Douglas. A beautiful production of the Music Theatre Of Wichita. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Disc also includes local television commercials for the show. A+
AIDA 1 DVD 10/20/02 ~ Broadway. Schele Williams (u/s Aida), Matt Bogart (u/s Radames), Felicia Finley. Shot from 6th row mezzanine with no major obstructions. Direct from the master. A-
AIDA 1 DVD NYC 8/27/02 Broadway Maya Days, Adam Pascal, Felicia Finley Clear picture and great sound, one of the nicer AIDA's A
AIDA 1 DVD 6/12/02 ~ Philadelphia, Pa. Kelli Fournier, Jeremy Kushnier, Paulette Ivory, Eric L. Christian. Opening Night. Shaky, but a beautiful digital video with tons of closeups. B+ AIDA 1 DVD 12/12/2001 ~ Broadway. Idina Menzel, Matt Bogart, Maya Days. Suffering from generational loss and some head obstructions. B+
AIDA 1 DVD 12/3/00 Broadway Matinee; Adam Pascal, Heather Hedley, Sherie Rene Scott; Very clear, well-captured video from a digital shoot. Best Aida out there. A
AIDA 1 DVD 12/3/00 ~ Broadway. Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott, u/s Phineas Newborn. Very good capture. A
AIDA 1 DVD Chicago 11/23/99 Sherie Scott, Adam Pascal, Heather Headley.
AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND 1 DVD 9/5/93 ~ Broadway. Mike Burstyn, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte. RARE! Only 25 Broadway performances - 4/18/93 to 5/9/93. A
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' 1 DVD 1982 Original Broadway Cast NBC 97 min; Stars: Nell Carter, Andre DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlaine Woodard -- PRO SHOT — EXCELLENT PICTURE
AIN’T TOO PROUD THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS 2 DVD 8/24/18 Los Angeles, Pre-Broadway. Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), James Harkness (Paul Williams), Jawan M. Jackson (Melvin Franklin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), Ephraim Skyes (David Ruffin), Jarvis B Manning Jr. (Al Bryant/Norman Whitfield), Nasia Thomas (Mama Rose/Florence Ballard/Tammi Terrell), Taylor Symone Jackson (Johnnie Mae/ Mary Wilson), Jahi Kearse (Berry Gordy), Christian Thompson (Smokey Robinson), Candice Marie Woods (Diana Ross). "Ain't Too Proud is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine). Five young guys on the streets of Detroit were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts—creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later". "Ain’t Too Proud" is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, who previously collaborated on the long-running Tony-winning hit "Jersey Boys." Filmed from the balcony, with lots of close-ups which occasionally don’t allow you to see the full stage and choreography. Recorded on opening night. (Note: This is a 2 disc set, and both DVDs have an opening menu which says "Disc 2"). A-
AIRBORNE HONEYMOON 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 24 Feb. 16, 1956 Jeanne Crain, John Hudson, Wally Brown
ALADDIN 2 DVD - Original Broadway Revival Cast - 11/5/2014 - Cast: Adam Jacobs. Scott as (s/b) Genie, Courney Reed, Merwin Foard as (s/b) Jafar, Clifton Dvis, Don Darryl Rivera. Quality/Notes: Beautiful HD capture of latest Disney Broadway offering. Great to see the changes from the Toranto tryout. Michael and Merwin do terrific jobs as Genie and Jafar. Rating: (A)
ALADDIN 1 DVD UK 2000
ALADDIN 1 DVD tv 2/21/58 (Dupon Show of Week) (w/ Sal Mineo & Basil Rathbone & Anna Marie Alberghetti & Cyril Ritchard)
ALADDIN 1 DVD A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR ANAHEIM CA 2/4/06 Pro-shot from Disney's California Adventure. A big show, worthy of the Broadway stage, filmed on multiple cameras. Some spotlight washout, but nothing too bad. Excellent quality, with menus direct from the source. A+
Aladdin And His Winter Wish
12/27/13 ~ Pasadena, CA
Ben Vereen (Genie), Bruce Vilanch (Widow Twankey), Richard Karn (The Sultan), Jordan Fisher (Aladdin), Ashley Argota (Princess), Josh Adamson (Abanazar), Ben Giroux (Wishee Washee),
Vanessa Nichole (Slave of the Ring). Presented by the Pasadena Playhouse, and produced by Lythgoe Family Productions (headed by So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe, the show was written by Nigel’s wife, Bonnie, and is directed by his son Kris). An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto (Panto, not to be confused with the theatrical medium of pantomime, is a form of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in the United Kingdom in the 1700’s and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern panto includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humor with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers). Aladdin And His Winter Wishes a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with "So You Think You Can Dance" alumni), a live pony and contemporary music including "Jai Ho" (from Slumdog Millionaire), "Treasure", "I’m Too Sexy", "You Don’t Know Me", "Break My Stride", "Makes You Beautiful", ""Billionaire", Call Me Maybe", "Walking On Sunshine" and many more. Nicely filmed, one or two blackouts, but nothing too bad. (Also see "A Snow White Christmas" from my main list, last year’s first annual "panto" show). A
ALCOA PREMIERE 1 DVD "People Need People" 1961. Dr. Harry Wilmer has just 10 days to prove that his radical method of treating violent war veterans will work. Fred Astaire host; with Lee Marvin, Keir Dullea, James Gregory, Arthur Kennedy, Jocelyn Brando, Marion Ross - barely Fair. PLUS SYNDAY MYSTERY HOUR "The Machine Calls It Murder" 1960 Walter Slezak, Larry Blyden, Everett Sloane, Betsy von Furstenberg, Lee Patrick, Paul Mazursky. Insurance investigator finds out through his computer a pattern between the murders of five models as well as clues to the next victim. Quality is good on this one
Alex In Wonderland 12/07 ~ Los Angeles, CA Tichina Arnold, Robert Torti, Kyle Jones, Tracy Kennedy, Chloe Arnold. Music and lyrics by James Ingram and Debbie Allen. Written, directed, and choreographed by Debbie Allen. "Tells the story of a young boy, Alex, who dreads his homework assignment, an essay on children’s literature, because he thinks fairytales are silly girl stuff. He falls asleep in the school library and awakens to a journey through Wonderland guided by the White Rabbit, the Wolf and the Fairy Godmother that teaches him the magic of Once upon a time... Inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic tale Alice in Wonderland, it retells familiar age-old stories from a modern day point-of-view in a truly innovative and dynamic fashion teaching children valuable lessons through song, dance and amusing twists on classic characters". Pro-shot for video at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. A
THE ALIBI 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 17 Apr. 26, 1956. Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Medina, Karin Booth, John Huyt, Nancy Hadley
ALICE AT THE PALACE 1 DVD Early 1980's production. Meryl Streep sings, dances and carries the show with delightful flair. Also stars Mark Linn-Baker, Michael Jeter and Debbie Allen. Pro-Shot A+ Alice at the Palace A musical theater adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Meryl Streep sings and dances through such famous scenes as the Mad Tea Party and playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. This production, from the early 1980s, lies somewhere between Hair and Into the Woods. The music ranges across a variety of styles and video manipulations enhance the inventive physical staging, but it's Meryl Streep that will carry you through--her sound effects as Alice changes size (after drinking from a bottle labeled Drink Me) are delightful. Alice at the Palace features several other recognizable faces, including Mark Linn- Baker (My Favorite Year) and dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen. Pro-shot A+
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AGNES MOOREHEAD 1 CD (AUDIO ONLY, with nannette fabray, jimmy durante, the smothers brothers, ricardo montalbam, jack palanceTV CAST RECORDING 1966
ALL ABOUT ME 1 DVD 3/17/10 DAME EDNA EVERAGE (BARRY HUMPHRIES), MICHAEL FEINSTEIN BROADWAY What Is the Story of All About Me? No story: All About Me is an entertaining evening of musical comedy that co-stars cabaret star Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage (a.k.a. Australian comedian Barry Humphries). The premise is that Feinstein and Dame Edna both believe they're headlining a solo show on Broadway and have no intention of sharing the stage. Midway through the performance, the "feuding" stars make up and begin performing comic bits and show-tune medleys together. Should I See It?What Is All About Me Like? With a big band anchoring the back of the stage at Henry Miller’s Theatre, a tuxedoed Michael Feinstein starts the show with classic songs and banter, seated at a white grand piano. After a short set, Dame Edna makes her entrance, shoos Feinstein off the stage and delivers one of her hilarious monologues in which she interacts with audience members seated in the first few rows. (If you're up front, beware!) Feinstein reappears and serves as the "straight man" for Dame Edna for the rest of the evening. All About Me has the feeling of a frothy, funny variety show in which two very talented performers (Feinstein the singer and Dame Edna the comic) team up on Broadway to show their stuff.
ALL MY SONS 1 DVD September 2010 ~ London Zoe Wannamaker, David Suchet, Steven Elder, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Claire Hackett, Olivia Darnley. Howard Davies acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s classic 20th Century drama, produced by London's National Theatre and recorded live on September 29th and 30th, 2010 for broadcast to theatres around the world. A
All Night Strut 10/11/88 ~ PBS-TV Hosted by Maxene Andrews, with Jim Walton, Katherine Buffaloe, Janet Hubert, Lance Roberts. "This sassy and sophisticated revue tells stories reminiscent of the Great Depression and World War II. A fabulous foursome sings and dances its way through the favorites of the era, including "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "As Time Goes By," "Fascinating Rhythm," and many others. Delightful classics, jitterbugs and jives, and a highly-charged onstage band will make audiences feel like they're taking part in a late night jazz session or spending an elegant evening at the Savoy". The show opened Off-Broadway in 1979 where it only played for 6 performances, but has gone on to be a successful show for repertory and amateur groups ever since. Recorded for TV at the Pennsylvania Centre Stage before an audience. 90 minutes. A
ALL SHOOK UP 1 DVD 4/9/05 BROADWAY Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese, Jonathan Hadary, Mark Price, Sharon Wilkins; Excellent crystal clear video capture of the show! Also includes: pre-B’way, and opening night stories from NY1, as well as reviews from B’way Backstage and NY1, plus scanned Playbill info. A+
ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE 1 DVD NYC 1/27/07 Off-Broadway Peter Macdissi, Austin Lysy, Patch Darragh, Kandiss Edmundson, David Margulies, Victor Slezakone. "New York Theatre Workshop presents the world premiere of a play by Alan Ball, the creator of HBO's Emmy Award-winning Six Feet Under and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of American Beauty. All That I Will Ever Be, Ball's first new play in over twelve years, is a richly characterized tale of cultural imperialism and our eternal search for belonging as seen through the eyes of two young men in Los Angeles, one a restless native Angelino, the other an enigmatic immigrant from the Middle East." Very nicely filmed and crystal clear. A
All The Way 2016 ~ HBO Bryan Cranston (President Lyndon B. Johnson), Anthony Mackie (Martin Luther King Jr.), Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson), Bradley Whitford (Vice president Hubert Humphrey), Stephen Root (J. Edgar Hoover), Marque Richardson (Bob Moses). "Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President of the United States after the John F. Kennedy assassination. Upon his arrival in the White House, he must work on the passage of the Civil Rights Act, pressured by Martin Luther King Jr. to pass the bill without removing its most significant content to appease Southern Democrats, who may abandon the Democratic Party if the bill passes". Based on Robert Schenkkan’s 2014 Broadway play of the same name. A
All’s Well That Ends Well 10/11/12 ~ London Sam Crane (Bertram), Ellie Piercy (Helena), James Garnon (Parolles), Janie Dee (The Countess of Roussilon). Presented at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and broadcast to theatres around the world as part of the 2012 "Globe On Screen" season. Multi-camera, pro-shot. A
ALL THE WAY HOME 1 DVD 1981 NBC LIVE TV SPECIAL PLUS MORE WITH SALLY FIELD, WILLIAM HURT, NED BEATTY, ELLEN CORBY, ANN DORAN, BETTY GARRETT, MURRAY HAMILTON, POLLY HOLIDAY, MICHAEL HORTON, JEREMY LICHT, FRANCES LEE MCAIN, JOHN McINTIRE, JEANETTE NOLAN, menu with act select one, two three,...vg/excellent picture THE PLUS MORE IS ABC TV'S FRANK REYNOLDS FUNERAL COVERAGE ABC NEWS SPECIAL FRANK REYNOLDS "A MAN WHO CARED" AND MOVIE FROM STAR PERORMANCE "THE WILD BUNCH WITH CHARLES BOYER
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE 1 DVD 7/23/80 NYC Sondheim narrated proshot PBS A- original Air Date: July 23rd, 1980 Stephen Sondheim wrote and narrates this documentary about the evolution of the musical from it's roots in the Music Hall, Opera, Vaudeville, and Burlesque, to the Broadway and London Stages. Featuring interviews with Hal Prince, Bob Fosse, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers, Gale MacDermot, Joseph Papp, Lional Bart, and others. With scenes about Company, Pacific Overtures, Follies, Chicago, Oklahoma, Tommy, and A Little Night Music and early workshop and rehearsal footage from Hair, and even RARER rehearsal footage from "The Leaf People" which had an 8 performance run in 1975! Originally produced for London Weekend Television in 1979, and aired just once in the US on PBS on 7/23/80. About 1 hour
ALLEGIANCE 1 DVD LEA SALONGA, TELLY LEUNG 8 VIDEO CLIPS Allegiance - A New American Musical is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. On the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a meeting with a young journalist forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura to remember his family's relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam and his sister Kei find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, Allegiance- A New American Musical takes audiences on a journey into our nation's history through the eyes of one American family.
ALLEGRO 1 DVD 11/29/2014, abridged. Off-Broadway - A Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first produced on Broadway in 1947. Claybourne Elder (Joseph Taylor Jr.), Elizabeth A Davis (Jenny Brinker), Malcolm Gets (Joseph Taylor Sr.), Jessica Tyler Wright (Marjorie Taylor), Alma Cuervo (Grandma Taylor/Mrs Lansdale), George Abud (Charlie Townsend), Maggie Lakis (Hazel). Directed by John Doyle. Presented by the Classic Stage Company Theatre. (Fan shot video) Allegro is a story of a small-town boy who becomes a big-city doctor, while pining for the wholesome world he left behind, Allegro hews to a down-home-values formula that Hollywood had been following for decades, with Frank Capra as its most accomplished practitioner. A+
ALLEGRO 1 DVD 02/04 Civic Light Opera Company, North York, Canada. Carol Kugler, Bob Deutsch, Eva Beams, Bryan Chamberlain, Michael Wicks. The Civic Light Opera Company's premiere Canadian performance of this Rogers and Hammerstein classic. Semi-pro shot, crystal clear video. A
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ALTAR BOYZ 1 DVD 7/19/05 Kevin Kern, Danny Calvert, Andy Karl, Ryan Duncan, David Josefsberg Some spotlight washout in first 10 minutes and a cover up at end of "Rhythm in Me"; good sound but loud; there is no curtain call. Excellent video A-
ALTAR BOYZ 1 DVD 6/21/05 ~ Off-Broadway, Original Cast. Shakey at times, occassionally wanders, lots of nice close ups though. Taped from the far right of the theater, shot from the lap, occasional heads in the way during most of the full stage shots. Missing the Altar Boyz remix at the end, some spotlight wash out, good sound quality throught the video. B+
ALTAR BOYZ 1 DVD Original off-B’way cast. Scott Porter, Ryan Duncan, David Josefsberg, Andy Karl and Tyler Maynard. Quality/Notes: A few heads, but overall very nicely done. Nice clear video, great sound.
ALWAYS - THE PASTY CLINE STORY 1 DVD 1996 ~ Amarillo,Texas Tammy > Hysmith, Cindi Bulla. Cute little show about the life of > Patsy Cline featuring her music as well. Great cast! Same > production has run non-stop for the past
AMADEUS 2 DVD 7/6/06 BERKSHIRE THEATER FESTIVAL STOCKBRIDGE MA Randy Harrison, Jonathan Epstein, Ron Bagden
10/29/14 ~ Chicago, IL, Pre-Broadway
Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy. "Amazing Grace is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the show follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement. John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader—and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart". Beautifully filmed from the balcony with a High Definition camcorder. A
AMELIE 1 DVD A New Musical. 9/5/2015 Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Bekeley, CA Stars: Samantha Barks, Adam Chanler- Berat, Tony Sheldon. A nice capture with one drop out and one small head seen occasionally at bottom of screen. Excellent sound and picture. A nice mix of wide shots and close ups in 16:9. Shows runs one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated film. Now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam McKinnon. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, she realizes that helping others is easier than concocting a romantic story of her own. After seeing the world through the magical and enchanted eyes of Amélie, you'll never look at life the same way again
American Dance Machine presents A Celebration Of Broadway Dance - 1981 ~ PBS-TV Hosted by Gwen Verdon, with Wayne Cilento, Janet Eilber, John Jones, Lee Roy Reams, and Lee Theodore's The American Dance Machine Company. A celebration of some of Broadway’s most famous dance numbers. Includes: GEORGE M. (Popularity, choreography by Joe Layton); CAROUSEL (June is Bustin’ Out All Over, choreography by Agnes DeMille); SHENANDOAH (Next to Lovin’ [I Like Fightin'] choreography by Robert Tucker); THE BOY FRIEND (Won’t You Charleston With Me? choreography by Buddy Schwab); HALF A SIXPENCE (If the Rain’s Got to Fall, choreography by Onna White; "Satin Doll" (Choreography by Carol Haney); FINIAN’S RAINBOW (Susan the Silent’s Dance, choreography by Michael Kidd); WALKING HAPPY (Clog and Grog Dance, choreography by Danny Daniels); "The Continental" (Gwen Verdon & Lee Roy Reams, no choreographer credited); NO, NO NANETTE (You Can Dance with Any Girl Choreography by Donald Saddler). About 1 hour. A-
AMERICAN IDIOT 1 DVD 10/4/09 BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE John Gallagher Jr. (Johnny), Michael Esper (Will), Matt Caplan (Tunny), Mary Faber (Heather), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Whatshername), Tony Vincent (St. Jimmy), Christina Sajous (The Extraordinary Girl), Declan Bennett, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Brian Charles Johnson, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman, Alysha Umphress, Morgan Weed.
An American Daughter 2000 ~ Lifetime-TV Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt, Jay Thomas, Mark Feuerstein, Lynne Thigpen. TV movie based on the Wendy Wasserstein play. A
AMERICAN IDIOT 1 DVD 9/23/09 Berkeley, John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Esper, Matt Caplan, Mary Faber, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Tony Vincent, Christina Sajous, Declan Bennett, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico. Great capture, A
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE 12 DVD COLLECTION… VOLUME 1: PILOT EPISODE (European Influences) 1961 EARLY HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE PREMIERE JACK RUSSELL, JACQUELYNNE MOODY WCBS-TV November 15, 1959 28:42 PLUS 1959 European Influences – Earl Wrightson, Barbara Meister – Jim Morske – Host – Antonini WCBS-TV November 22, 1959 28:38;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE VOLUME 2: Rodgers & Hart-Hammerstein: THE MUSICALS OF RODGERS AND HART WITH RICHARD RODGERS, JOHN REARDON, MARTHA WRIGHT June 4, 1961 28:23 PLUS THE MUSICALS OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN WITH RICHARD RODGERS, JOHN REARDON, MARTHA WRIGHT Composer Richard Rodgers is the guest on this edition, which examines his eighteen-year collaboration WCBS-TV June 11, 1961 28:21;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 3: Broadway, I Love You 1960 TV Celebration of Broadway September 22, 1960 Jim Morske, Host; Guests: Dorothy Fields, Otto Harbach, Arthur Schwartz, Blossom Seeley Singers: John Bubbles, Barbara Cook, Robert Rounseville, Merrill Staton Singers, Martha Wright, Earl Wrightson, Gretchen Wyler 58:51;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 4: CAROL CHANNING & THE BUFFALO BILLS March 26, 1961 B&W Robert Hunter, Conductor, CBS Orchestra, The Music Group, Ralph Burns, Music (Misc. Credits) 28: 20 PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE BARBERSHOP QUARTETS THE BUFFALO BILLS December 27, 1960 28:43 B&W;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 5: COMIC SONG AND DANCE MEN ON BROADWAY Host Jim Morske, performer Fred Hillebrand and dancer Billy Parsons; Howard Smith, conductor 29 min, date unknown (1959??) PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE SPORTS SONGS ON BROADWAY Host Jim Morske, singer Susan Johnson, Merrill Staton Singers; Alfredo Antonini, conductor 29 min, date unknown (1959??);
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 6: EARLY STARS WILLIAM GAXTON, EILEEN BARTON WCBS-TV December 27, 1959 29:32 B&W Alfredo Antonini, Conductor PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE JULE STYNE AND THE MUSICALS OF THE 1940S May 15, 1960 28:34 B&W Alfredo Antonini, Conductor;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE VOLUME 7: JOHN BUBBLES, PT. 1 OF 2 February 5, 1961 28:53 B&W Howard Smith, Conductor, CBS Orchestra, The Music Group, Jim Morske, Host PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE JOHN BUBBLES, PT. 2 OF 2 February 12, 1961 28:43 B&W Howard Smith, Conductor, American Musical Theatre Jazz Eight, The Music Group, Jim Morske, Host;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 8: RICHARD TUCKER & JAN PEERCE (JAN PEERCE) October 13, 1963 28:42 B&W Alfredo Antonini, Conductor, CBS Orchestra, The Music Group PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE (RICHARD TUCKER) March 23, 1963 28:50 B&W Skitch Henderson, Conductor;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE VOLUME 9: SALUTE TO OTTO HARBACH EARL WRIGHTSON, LOIS HUNT, RALPH CURTIS September 29, 1963 28:26 Black & white WCBS-TV PLUS 12 min. of HIGHLIGHTS from AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE "GOLDEN BOY" with SAMMY DAVIS, JR.; CHARLES STROUSE: Davis conducts the CBS Orchestra in "Night Song" from the show, and sings "Stick Around," also from "Golden Boy," accompanied by its composer Charles Strouse on the piano. Davis and Strouse comment on the unusual opening of the show which eschews a conventional overture for the sounds of synchopated rhythms heard in a boxing gym. Davis ends the program by recounting the coaching for the boxing scene he received from Sugar Ray Robinson as well as some resulting accidents. Host: Earl Wrightson. December 12, 1964, Black & white, WCBS-TV (12 min. clips); PLUS "Don't Forget 127th Street" (Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Brown, cast of "Golden Boy") Ed Sullivan Show, 11-15-1964 (6 min.); PLUS GOLDEN BOY segment from The Sammy Davis Jr. Show, 2-11-1966 (10 min.) PLUS GOLDEN BOY fight sequence re-enacted on SAMMY, 1973 TV special (8 min.);
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER VOLUME 10: GIFT OF LOVE Catholic Charities Telethon Ray Bolger, Modern Jazz Quartet, Pat Suzuki, Cardinal Spellman HS Band, Terrence James Cook WCBS-TV 1968 29 min. PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE EDWARD VILLELLA, PATRICIA MCBRIDE WCBS-TV December 26, 1964 29:41 B&W Robert Irving, Conductor, CBS Orchestra, The Music Group;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE VOLUME 11: Frank Aller / Strouse, Adams, & Harnick 1961 CBS FRANZ ALLERS August 19, 1962 27:10 B&W Franz Allers, Conductor, Earl Wrightson, Host, Franz Allers, Guest, Ralph Curtis, Singer, Susan Johnson, Singer PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE CHARLES STROUSE, LEE ADAMS, SHELDON HARNICK THE ART OF THE LYRICIST March 6, 1965 28:42 B&W Bert Farber, Conductor, CBS Jazz Group, The Music Group, Charles Strouse, Composer, Sheldon Harnick, Lyricist, Lee Adams, Lyricist;
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE VOLUME 12: THE MUSICALS OF RODGERS AND HART WITH RICHARD RODGERS, JOHN REARDON, MARTHA WRIGHT June 4, 1961 28:23 Jim Morske, Host PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE LEROY ANDERSON "Syncopated Clock," "Jazz Pizzicato," "Blue Tango," "Forgotten Dreams," "The Typewriter," "Clarinet Candy" February 23, 1963 28:32 Earl Wrightson, Host, Leroy Anderson, Guest PLUS AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE MEREDITH AND RINI WILLSON February 15, 1964 28:48 Alfredo Antonini, Conductor.
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE 1 DVD 1/1/62 Fosse and Verdon NY Starring: Earl Wrightson, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon Filmed in 1962 as a kinescope, includes musical numbers from Damn Yanks and the Pajama Game, and more. A
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE 1 DVD 1961 CBS Bock & Harnick / Robert Weede --BLK AND WHITE --SHARP CRISP PICTURE
AMERICAN PSYCHO 3/29/16 ~ Broadway (NFT until 8/25/16)- Benjamin Walker, Helene Yorke, Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jason Hite. Excellent capture of the new dark musical transfer from the West End. Great cast and wonderful 80s style and inspired musical. A (2 DVDs)
American Songbook at NJPAC - MISC SEE BELOW
Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector - American Songbook at NJPAC 1/13/16 ~ New Jersey Mueller and Spector pair up once again to reminisce about their time together in Broadway's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and perform a diverse catalog of personal favorite hits from the stage and radio, from King's "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Natural Woman" to Elton John's "Your Song", Steven Tyler's "Dream On" and Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind". (.avi)
Marilyn Maye - American Songbook at NJPAC - 1/20/16 ~ New Jersey - Maye shows off her status as living cabaret legend with a lively assortment of classic songs of past and present, including Harold Arlen and E.Y Harburg's "Over The Rainbow"; Jerry Herman's "It's Today"; Steve Allen's "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big"; Lerner And Lowe's "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face" plus an assortment of favorite medleys. (.avi)
Seth Rudetsky and Christine Ebersole - American Songbook at NJPAC - 2/10/16 ~ New Jersey - The Sirius/XM Radio Host and Broadway icon team up for an entertaining evening of banter and songs relating to Ebersole's career and their mutual love of the Great White Way. Songs include Al Dubin and Harry Warren's "Lullaby of Broadway"; Lerner and Lowe's "Simple Joys of Maidenhood" and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns". (.avi)
AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS 1 DVD 8/95 42nd STREET MOON cast unknown America’s Sweetheart is a musical comedy with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by Herbert Fields. The show is a Hollywood satire. Two young lovers hitchhike to Hollywood to make their fortune. The girl hits it big and she loses interest in her boyfriend, who hasn’t done well. As the result of talking pictures, the tables are reversed, and the boy is a big star and the girl is down, but they make up.
AMOUR… B'WAY 1 DVD 10/23/02 NYC Malcolm Gets, Melissa Errico, shot from front mezzanine, very clear with lots of close ups, includes Armour preview concert, A+
AN ACT OF GOD 1 DVD ~ 7/2015 ~ Broadway. Jim Parsons, Christopher Fitzgerald, Tim Kazurinsky. The New Broadway play from the creator of, well, everything. Excellent HD capture of this hilarious show. Jim did a terrific job as God and was such a fun show. Everything you ever, wanted to know about God and his choices are answered here! Note: It - takes the filmer approximately 7.5 minutes to "settle down" due to late - comers and just "setting his focus"; however, audio is clear throughout. After that, there is only a 30-second blackout (audio is heard during this time) around the 20-minute mark Otherwise, it’s beautifully filmed with a combination of close-ups and wide shots. The world premiere of AN ACT OF GOD debuted on Broadway at Studio 54 on May 7, 2015 and ran in a critically acclaimed limited engagement through August 2, 2015.
AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE 1 DVD 2/21/02 Kevin Bacon, good video, nice picture and sound, A Broadway An Evening -IF YOU LIKE KEVIN BACON — SEE MR ROBERTS NBC LIVE THEATER 1984 IN THIS SECTION
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 1 DVD 11/2/18, Great Performances, PBS-TV. Robert Fairchild (Jerry Mulligan), Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin), Jane Asher (Madame Baurel), Ashley Andrews (Mr. Z), Julian Forsyth (Monsieur Baurel), Julia Nagle (Olga), Haydn Oakley (Henri Baurel), Zoe Rainey (Milo Davenport), David Seadon-Young (Adam Hochberg). Described as an extended symphonic tone poem, George Gershwin’s 1928 composition "An American in Paris" was commissioned by conductor Walter Damrosch and rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. The 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly was inspired by Gershwin’s score and became one of the studio’s most acclaimed and famous movie musicals, winning six Academy Awards. In 2015, Paris finally came "home" to Broadway in a thrilling new stage adaptation of the film, directed and choreographed by dance wunderkind Christopher Wheeldon, which earned four Tony Awards. A
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 2 DVD 3/15 ~ Broadway - Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, Max von Essen. Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions of this great new show with Gershwin's Music. Beautiful dancing and performances from the entire cast! Leanne truely is breathtaking to watch on stage. A+
An American In Paris 8/16 ~ Broadway Dimitri Kleioris (Jerry Mulligan), Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin), Matthew Scott (Adam Hochberg), Max von Essen (Henri Baurel), Jill Paice (Milo Davenport), Veanne Cox (Madam Baurel), Scott Willis Monsieur (Baurel/Store Manager). Well filmed. A few heads can occasionally be seen at the bottom of the frame, but never interfere with the action onstage. The first three minutes of act one are blacked out, and the last 30 minutes of act two are missing completely (no audio or video). A-
AN EVENING WITH JUNE HAVOC 1 DVD 1983 Baby June Remembers. June Havoc, in a one-person show, reminisces about her career beginning with vaudeville in the 1920's. Includes slides and film clips of several celebrities, including Bert Lahr, Boris Karloff, and Michael Redgrave, and Havoc's performance in the musical Pal Joey.
ANARCHIST 1 DVD 11/14/12 BROADWAY Patti Lupone, Debra Winger
Anastasia 6/16/15 Hartford, CT. Christy Altomare (Anya), Derek Klena (Dmitry), Mary Beth Peil (Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna), Manoel Felciano (Gleb), John Bolton (Vlad Popov), Caroline O'Connor (Lily), Nicole Scimeca (Anastasia at age 6), Molly Rushing (Anastasia at age 17). Book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. "Anastasia follows the story of the lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, tracing her journey from the final days of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920’s." World premiere presentation at Hartford Stage. The show is expected to open on Broadway for the 2016/2017 season. Very nicely filmed. A
Anastasia 6/28/17 Broadway. Christy Altomare (Anya), Derek Klena (Dmitry), John Bolton (Vlad), Ramin Karimloo (Gleb), Caroline O'Connor (Countess Lily), Mary Beth Peil (Dowager Empress). Filmed from the orchestra section, so there are heads in the bottom of the shot. One head blocks about 20% of the left side of the frame for most of the show. There are also a couple of complete blackouts that last for a few seconds here and there. A-
Andersonville Trial 5/17/70 PBS-TV. William Shatner, Jack Cassidy, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Sheen, Richard Basehart, Cameron Mitchell, Alan Hale Jr., Ford Rainey. Directed by George C. Scott, who starred in the original 1959 Broadway play by Saul Levitt. "A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia". Presented as part of the PBS series Hollywood Television Theatre. A
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S BIRTHDAY IN THE PARK CONCERT 1 DVD 9/14/08 LONDON John Barrowman, Idina Menzel, Elaine Paige pro fan shot, 90 minutes, excellent picture, nice close ups,
Androcles And The Lion
11/15/67 ~ NBC-TV
Noel Coward, Norman Wisdom, Ed Ames, John Cullum, Clifford Davis, Brian Bedford, Patricia Routledge, Inga Swenson. Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers. Based on the 1915 Broadway play by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Joe Layton. "The story of Androcles, the simple-hearted Christian tailor whose friendship with a lion saves himself and his friends from martyrdom in the Roman Coliseum". In black and white. Some generational loss. B-
ANGEL 2 CD Fred Gwynne, Frances Sternhagen Complete - Broadway - Live Recording 1978 audio only
ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES 1 DVD 4/4/18 Broadway, Revival. Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Lee Pace, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Matty Oaks, Jane Pfitsch, Ron Todorowski, Silvia Vrskova, Lucy York. Beautifully filmed from the balcony, with no issues. A
ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA 1 DVD 5/2/18 Broadway, Revival. Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Lee Pace, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Matty Oaks, Jane Pfitsch, Ron Todorowski, Silvia Vrskova, Lucy York. Again, a near perfect video, filmed from the balcony. A
ANGRY HOUSEWIVES 4/06 ~ Arlington, TX Melissa Jobe, Parker Fitzgerald, Maggie Youkin, Carrie Slaughter, Jenny Thurman, Ryan Roach, David Novey. Filmed on a tripod; good clear video with clear picture and sound; nice video A
An Ideal Husband 1998 ~ BBC-TV James Wilby, Sadie Frost, Jonathan Firth, Trevyn McDowell, Robert Hardy, Karen Hayley. Written by Oscar Wilde. "Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful politician, leading a happy life with his wife Gertrude. Gertrude loves him because of his honesty and she despises all men who did horrible things in the past and have to do other immoral deeds to cover up what they're ashamed of. One day a certain Mrs. Laura Evely barges in on a party Robert is attending. She disappeared from the London society six years ago, but is now back with a vengeance. Mrs. Evely has invested in a project that Robert already has denounced as swindle and in fact he wants to start a special commission investigating the matter. But Laura has some important information that will harm Roberts career and his relationship with his wife severely. Laura wants him to publicly support the project or else she will disclose the proof that Robert once sold secret information from the government to a speculator. Chiltern
ANIMAZEMENT THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 2001 ~ Orlando, FL. Same show as described above, but this time Eden Espinoza is playing Pocahontas. A-
An Inspector Calls 8/17/82 ~ BBC-TV Bernard Hepton (Inspector Goole), Nigel Davenport (Arthur Birling), Margaret Tyzack (Sybil Birling), Simon Ward (Gerald Croft). A-
Angela Lansbury-A Celebration 11/17/96 ~ Broadway Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Lauren Becall, Len Cariou, Nell Carter, Jane Connell, Barbara Cook, Tyne Daly, Davis Gaines, Sam Harris, George Hearn, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Phyllis Newman, Chita Rivera, Liz Smith, Elaine Stritch, Karen Ziemba, Scott Wise, more. One night only concert featuring music and shows made famous by Angela Lansbury to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Some generational loss. (Also included on the disc is "Mame, Almost Lost Footage.) B+
ANN 1 DVD 3/9/13 Original Broadway Cast. Holland Taylor, Julie White, (voice). Fantastic performance by Holland Taylor, one-person shows are so - hard to pull off well and she does. Takes a few minutes to settle into act - 1 and is unfortunately missing the first 5 minutes of act 2, but otherwise a nice unobstructed capture, slight wandering but mostly very steady.
ANNA IN THE TROPICS 1 DVD 11/12/03 NYC Broadway Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Priscilla Lopez, John Ortiz, Vanessa Aspillaga, Victor Argo, David Zayas. Great video with great sound and lots of close ups. A
Anna Nicole, The Opera
3/25/11 ~ BBC-TV
Eva-Marie Westbroek (Anna Nicole), Alan Oke (Old Man Marshall), Gerald Finley (The Lawyer Stern), Susan Bickley (Virgie), Lore Lixenberg (Cousin Shelley), Peter Hoare (Larry King) Dominic Rowntree (Older Daniel). "This latest work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (and Jerry Springer librettist Richard Thomas) is the story of Anna Nicole Smith, a rather sad and unstable person who in the mid-90s became a tabloid celebrity after marrying a very wealthy man 60 years her senior. It's a modern kind of tragedy, played out in the mass media – and, of course, it's not over ‘til the 39-year-old drug-addicted former stripper sings. Filmed at London’s Royal Opera House, during the show’s short (but successful) 6 performance run for the BBC". A
7/14/13 ~ Broadway, Revival
Jane Lynch (Miss Hannigan), Anthony Warlow (Daddy Warbucks), Lilla Crawford (Annie), Brynn O'Malley (Grace), Clarke Thorell (Rooster), J. Elaine Marcos (Lily St. Regis), Sunny (Sandy). Excellent HD capture filmed at the last performance of Jane Lynch’s as Miss Hannigan. Filmed using a High Definition camcorder, so the clarity is stunning. Act I is missing the last two minutes, and Act II starts with a 5 minute blackout, and most of the second act is filmed full-stage with no zooms. (According to the filmer, this is due to a person sitting in front of him getting caught filming the show with an iPhone, so an usher was stationed next to him for the end of the first act and all of the second act). A-
ANNIE’S SEARCH FOR SANDY 1 DVD 10/27/2012 on NBC - The Broadway-bound production of Annie has found its Sandy, orphan Annie's adopted and loyal canine companion in the Tony Award-winning musical. Since the musical's 1977 debut, all productions of Annie on Broadway have starred real-life shelter dogs as Sandy, with all of the dogs discovered and trained by 2011 Tony Award recipient William Berloni. Continuing that tradition, Berloni has found and will train Sunny, a dog rescued from a shelter in Houston, to star as Sandy in the upcoming production, which will officially open Nov. 8 at the Palace Theatre. Casey, a dog rescued from a shelter near Nashville, TN, will be Sunny's understudy.
ANNIE 1 DVD 10/15/12 ~ Broadway revival Lilla Crawford, Katie Finneran, Anthony Warlow, J. Elaine Marcos, Brynn O'Malley, Clarke Thorell, Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis, Madi Rae DiPietro, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Georgi James, Junah Jang, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Tyrah Skye Odoms, Keven Quillon, Taylor Richardson, Emily Rosenfeld, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe, Ryan Van Der Boom and Sunny. Filmed in 16:9 HD; very brief dropout at the beginning of Act One due to late seating; good clear video A
ANNIE 2 DVD 10/3/12 BROADWAY LILLA CRAWFORD, KATIE FINNERAN, ANTHONY WARLOW This is the latest revival
ANNIE 1 DVD 10/1/06 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR LA SALLE BANK THEATER CHICAGO IL 140 minutes, crystal
ANNIE 1 DVD 1997 PRE-BROADWAY TOUR NORTH CAROLINA Joanna Pacitti, Conrad John Schuck, Barbara Tirrell (u/s Miss Hannigan), Sutton Foster. This cast features Joanna Pacitti as Annie.
ANNIE 2 DVD Annie: Victoria Sian Lewis; Miss Hannigan: Su Pollard Oliver; Warbucks: David McAlister Grace; Ferrell: Simone Craddock; Rooster: Philip Andrew; Drake: Ashley Knight; To begin with this is the first beautiful capture of Annie that I had put my hands on in 16:9 widescreen with no obstructions or blackouts. The young talent playing the leading role did a splendid job, her shrill tone was all part and parcel of the central character's New York diamond in the rough delivery. The biggest blast on stage, however, was Su Pollard in the role of cruel, drunken orphanage proprietor Miss Hannigan. She hilariously played her part to perfection while still gaining respect from the audience by belting out some memorable numbers that showcased her voice. David McAlister as the billionaire Oliver Warbucks was incredibly believable. He has a strong singing voice and good stage presence. I particularly enjoyed his scenes with Annie. There was also a good connection with Grace Ferrell who acted the role very well. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to and her chemistry with David was sparkling. There were some funny parts from other characters such as Drake played by Ashley Knight. It was also nice to see Any Dream Will Do alumni Rob McVeigh on stage in three roles of Bundles McCluskey, Bert Healy and Howe. He sang "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile". He has a lovely voice and acted well.
ANNIE, THE MOVIE 1 DVD 1982 in widescreen. The film has never been
released in widescreen on either VHS or DVD; it’s always been pan & scan.
Now see the full picture! Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters,
Aiden Quinn. (broadcast on TCM)
ANNIE WARBUCKS 1 DVD 10/29/02 LOS ANGELES Harvey Evans, Harve Presnell, Lindsey Ridgeway, Molly Scott
ANNIE 2: MISS HANNIGAN'S REVENGE 1 DVD 1/20/90 WASHINGTON DC CLOSING NIGHT PERFORMANCE Dorothy Loudon, Harve Presnell
ANNIE 2: MISS HANNIGAN'S REVENGE 1 DVD 1989 GROUP SALES PRESENTATION Dorothy Loudon, Harve Presnell
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 1 DVD 10/27/15 ~ New York City Center Megan Hilty, Andy Karl, Chuck Cooper, Judy Kaye, Ron Raines, Brad Oscar, Marshall Factora, Sam Chuck. Very nice capture of the Two night only concert. From the back of the Balcony, but everything is nicely captured! A
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 1 DVD 5/15/01 NYC WITH REBA MCENTIRE
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 1 DVD 1999 BROADWAY Bernadette Peters, Tom Wopat and OBC. Action is followed well, occasional spotlight washout, but overall a really good video. A
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 1 DVD WITH REBA McENTIRE MARQUIS THEATER BROADWAY… pro fan shot, excellent picture
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 1 DVD 1957 Mary Martin (Annie Oakley), John Raitt (Frank Butler), William O’Neil (William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody), Reta Shaw (Dolly Tate). "In 1946, Irving Berlin’s musical "Annie Get Your Gun" opened on Broadway, with Ethel Merman starring as the 19th century sharp-shooter Annie Oakley. It was a major hit and Merman received endless praise for her performance. On the sidelines watching this was Mary Martin, Merman’s main rival as Broadway’s leading musical star. Martin realized that Merman scored the role of a lifetime with Annie Oakley and rued that she wasn’t the one playing the role in the Broadway spotlight. However, Martin decided not to obsess over Merman’s good fortune – she arranged to star as Annie Oakley in the 1947-48 national touring company of the show. Thus, most Americans who saw "Annie Get Your Gun" on stage during this period saw Martin rather than Merman in the role.
ANTIGONE 1 DVD 1974 PBS. Genevieve Bujold, Stacy Keach, Fritz Weaver, James Naughton, filmed for TV based on the 1971 B'way revival which moved the action of the play (written in 497BC by Sophocles) into modern times, A
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE 1 DVD 4/10/10 CITY CENTER NY 8 PM. Donna Murphy, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza, Edward Hibbert DVD Also includes the 2pm 30 minute talkback featuring Stephen Sondheim and a few behind the scenes clips with interviews and rehearsal footage. A
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE 1 DVD 2/21/08
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE 1 DVD 2/21/03 ~ Los Angeles, CA. Ruth Williamson, Misty Cotton, John Bisom. Filmed from the house camera at The Matrix Theatre; shot from angle and partially obstructed by lighting hardware. This production incorporated revisions by the director, Michael Michetti, and the book writer, Arthur Laurents. B+
ANYTHING GOES 2 DVD 3/22/13 ~ Durham, NC. Rachel York, Fred Applegate, Josh Franklin, Alex Finke, Evelyn Oakleigh, Chuck Wagner. Very well filmed with a couple of moments of shakiness but otherwise focused, steady, and unobstructed; mostly mid-shots and not so many close-ups though. Video is missing the first 30 seconds and the last bit of the curtain call is audio only. Nice video. A
ANYTHING GOES 1 DVD BROADWAY 11/19/11 Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, John McMartin, Jessica Walter
ANYTHING GOES 1 DVD B'way, 4/3/11 Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, John McMartin, Jessica Walter, Colin Donnell, Adam Godley, Laura Osnes, Jessica Stone, Walter Charles, Robert Creighton, sensational revival and stunning production, a fun revival and everything is beautifully captured here.
ANYTHING GOES 1 DVD 7/17/04 LONDON Sally Ann Triplett, John Barrowman. Cover-ups and "stage searching" for first 5 minutes, then greatly improves. Crystal clear video and sound. A
ANYTHING GOES 2 DVD NEW 2000 Papermill Playhouse Chita Rivera, Bruce Adler, George Dvorsky, Stacey Logan, Patrick Quinn
ANYTHING GOES 1 DVD 2/28/54 Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, special presentation from NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour.
ANYTHING GOES 1 DVD (AKA "Tops Is the Limit") 1936 ~ (Musical/Film) Ethel Merman, Bing Crosby, Charles Ruggles, Ida Lupino. "The 1936 "Anything Goes" is another example of Hollywood's mishandling of what could have been a classic film version of a classic Broadway show. All the opportunities were there - Bing Crosby as the male lead, Ethel Merman repeating her stage role, Charlie Ruggles a perfect and hilarious replacement for Victor Moore, and one of Cole Porter's greatest scores. So what do the filmmakers do? They throw out all but four of the original songs and turn the film into a Bing Crosby vehicle by getting a group of songwriters to write several new songs especially for him, one of them reportedly at his request. Then, they rewrite the lyrics to "You're the Top", retain only the first verse of the title song, "Anything Goes", make a minor change (required by the censors of the time) to the lyrics to "I Get A Kick Out Of You", keep the original plot line (notice that the filmmakers considered the ridiculous plot sacred enough to leave alone, but not Cole Porter's songs), and release this flat, unfunny mess. At least Ethel Merman fans get to see her sing two of her biggest hit songs on film". When Paramount sold the movie to television, they retitled it "Tops Is The Limit" because the 1956 film version, also from Paramount, was currently in theaters. This film has never been commercially released, although the soundtrack has been. In black and white. A
Appearing Nightly (Lily Tomlin In…) 1990 ~ HBO-TV Televised version of Lily’s 1977 Broadway show "Appearing Nightly". This show was recorded "in performance" at the Huntington Hartford Theatre in Los Angeles for HBO-TV during it’s 9 month run there. 90 minutes. A
2/08 ~ Encores!
Christine Ebersole, Kate Burton, Mario Cantone, Tow Hewitt, Michael Park, Megan Sikora, Chip Zien, Erin Davie. A presentation of Encores! At City Center. This DVD was filmed over two performances. Most of it was filmed at the Saturday 2/9 matinee, but because it was missing the first few minutes of each act, it was supplemented with footage from the final show on the 10th. The majority of the footage filmed on Saturday is better anyway, so after a few minutes the quality improves and overall it’s a great video. The show is performed "concert style" so the actors refer to scripts in the hands. DVD includes scanned Playbill information and a montage of publicity photos. A-
APPLAUSE 1 DVD Professionally shot for television; Lauren Bacall and Larry Hagman. Noteworthy as the first network T entertainment special with a scene set in a gay dance club. Slight buzz throughout show but audio can be heard clearly over it. Video quality is great. Not available commercially.
APPLE TREE 1 DVD 1/20/07 BROADWAY Kristen Chenowith, Marl Kudisch and Brian D'Arcy James. A few cover ups during first 15 minutes for latecomers. A great capture (A)
APPLE TREE 1 DVD BROADWAY 11/29/06, first preview at Studio 54, Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Kudisch, Brian D'Arcy James, beautiful dvd with excellent sound, a few shakes because it was filmed from last row of mezzanine
ARCADIA 1 DVD BROADWAY 2/26/11 (Act I) & 3/2/11 (Act II) ~ Margaret Colin, Billy Crudup, Raul Esparza, Glenn Fleshler, Grace Gummer, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Bel Powley, Tom Riley, Noah Robbins, David Turner, Lia Williams. Filmed on two different nights, Act 1 was filmed on 2/26/11, and Act II was filmed on 3/2/11. Act I was shot around a few heads. Act II has no heads in the way, but both are very nice. Disc also includes a twenty minute interview with Raul Esparza, opening night footage and reviews.
Arms And The Man 1989 ~ BBC-TV Helena Bonham Carter, Nicolas Chagrin, Mark Crowdy, Patsy Kensit, Dinsdale Landen. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw. Its title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid: "Arma virumque cano" (Of arms and the man I sing). The play was first produced on April 21, 1894 at the Avenue Theatre in London, and published in 1898 as part of Shaw's Plays Pleasant volume, which also included Candida, You Never Can Tell, and The Man of Destiny. The play was one of Shaw's first commercial successes". A
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE 1 DVD – Original Broadway Revival Cast Date: 1986 Cast: Jean Stapleton, Marion Ross, Tony Roberts, Abe Vigoda, Larry Storch. Quality/Notes: RARE! Amazing quality for a show of its age. It looks like it was recorded from a tripod, maybe this is the unedited Press Reel footage, or recorded for the cast, but it’s hard to tell for sure. Some generational loss, but not too bad.
Arsenic And Old Lace, Hallmark Hall Of Fame
2/5/62 ~ CBS-TV
Tony Randall (Mortimer Brewster), Mildred Natwick (Martha Brewster), Dorothy Stickney (Abby Brewster), Boris Karloff (Jonathan Brewster), Tom Bosley (Teddy Brewster). Boris Karloff reprises his 1941 Broadway performance as Jonathan Brewster. In black and white. Complete with original commercials. A-
ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE 1 DVD 11/22/89. BROADWAY JOHN MCMARTIN, HAROLD GOULD, JIM FYFE, STEPHANIE ROTH, MICHAEL WITHER -- SHORT LIVED PLAY, ONLY 36 PERFORMANCES. (B).
AS THE FLAME DIES 1 DVD 11/19/53 FORD THEATER DISC 7 Barry Sullivan, Sylvia Sidney, Richard Webb
ASPECTS OF LOVE 1 DVD May 1989 ~ London Michael Ball, Ann Crumb. Amazingly good video, considering it's age. A-
ASPECTS OF LOVE 2 DVD From Bern’s Stadttheater - Contributors: - Andrew Lloyd Webber; Michael Kunze; Stefan Huber; Basil Coleman; Eckart - Manke; Marcello Mottadelli; Don Black; Charles Hart; Stadttheater (Bern) - 1999/2000. Alex Dillingham, a young soldier, falls in love with an actress - named Rose Vibert and talks her into coming away with him to his villa. -Upon their arrival, he admits he has lied: the villa belongs to his uncle - George, an artist, who is currently in Italy having an affair with sculptress Gulietta Trapani. When George returns home, he and Rose are instantly attracted to each other. Rose recieves word that she is needed for a tour and leaves. Alex, heart-broken, goes into the army. Two years pass and Alex returns to find that Rose and George have married. George claims that Rose would be better off with Alex, but Rose wants no part of it. She follows George to Italy where she meets and makes friends with Gulietta. It is here that Rose and George become engaged. Alex is - transferred to Malaya. Thirteen years later, Rose is a famous actress and - Alex returns to watch her performance. She takes him back with her to see - George and to meet his thirteen year-old cousin, Jenny, who immediately - falls in love with him. Gulietta is left struggling with feelings for George. Rose still loves Alex. Alex fights his love for Jenny and his love for Rose. With all these things combined, what insues is one of the most intriguing love polygons in the history of musical theatre.
Assassins 1 DVD 7/14/17 Encores! Steven Boyer (John Hinckley Jr.), Alex Brightman (Giuseppe Zangara), Victoria Clark (Sara Jane Moore), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (The Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton (The Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme), Steven Pasquale (John Wilkes Booth), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald), and Danny Wolohan (Samuel Byck). Presented by Encores! Off-Center. Nicely filmed from the balcony. Occasionally heads appear in the bottom of the frame, but never get in the way. There is one 90 second drop out towards the end of the show, but the filmer inserted a screen cap from the scene to cover it so it’s not just a black screen. A
ASSASSINS 12/3/12 2 DVD REUNION CONCERT crystal pic, aud shot, excellent close ups , WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND OTHERS 110 minutes
9/02 ~ Long Island, NY
Jason Trigger (John Wilkes Booth), Jeremy Hudson (Lee Harvey Oswald), Patrick Finn (Charles Guiteau), Stephen Wangner (Leon Czoigosz), Frank Danko (Sam Byck), Malorie Charak (Lynette Fromme), Susan Hall (Sara Jane Moore), Jerry Maggio (Giuseppe Zangara), Ron Menin (John Hinckley), Bernard Macias (The Proprietor), Brian Smith (President Gerald Ford), Donna Maggio (Emma Goldman), Amanda Taraska, Tara Danko, Stephen LeFayt, Dylan Perlman, Ben Salers. A presentation of Cultural Arts Playhouse. Nice production. Filmed using multiple cameras. A
ASSASSINS 1 DVD 5/29/04 NYC BROADWAY, Betty Ann Baker, James Barbour, Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris, Mary Catherine Garrison, Alexander Gemignani, Neil Patrick Harris, Marc Kudisch, Dennis O'Hare, Jeffrey Kuhn, excellent video with good closedups and sound throughout, A
ASSASSINS 1 DVD 4/04 Manchester University Drama Society – Neil, Patrick Harris, Mario Cantone, Marc Kudisch, Michael Cerveris. Shot from the mezz, beautiful video. A- quality. ‘Manchester' Assassins is on a DVD recorded from a video tape source. It has a Lully opera, Amide, at the start and after 2 hours 13 minutes the Assassins recording has been
copied. The recording was made on a handheld camera to right of stage in
audience. Once it gets going the audio and video are actually better than
you might expect but not as good as the Library Theatre production. Some
shake but close-ups aren't bad. The recording runs to end of show and DVD
ends at 3 hrs 51 mins.
ASSASSINS 1 DVD Original Off-Broadway Production Playwrights Horizons - 1991; Stars: Victor Garber, Debra Monk, Jonathan Hadary, Terrence Mann, Annie Golden, Lee Wilkoff, Greg Germann, Eddie Korbich-- PRO FAN SHOT ---VG WITH SLIGHT GRAIN
ASSEMBLED PARTIES 1 DVD 3/29/13 BROADWAY Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfield, Alex Dreier, Jake Silbermann, Jonathan Walker, Gabriel Sloyer, beautifully filmed, A
As You Like It 6/29/10 ~ London Gareth Bennett-Ryan (Lord), Michael Benz (Silvius), Philip Bird (Duke Senior), Sophia Duvall (Audrey), Naomi Frederick (Rosalind), Brendan Hughes (Duke Frederick), Trevor Martin (Adam). Presented at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and broadcast to theatres around the world. Multi-camera, pro-shot. A
AT LONG LAST COLE 1 DVD 1975 TV SPECIAL A delightful, delicious, delovely tribute to Cole Porter. A special star-studded gala event filmed at 20th Century Fox studios for the premiere of "At Long Last Love."--MOVIE PRETTY MUCH WAS A DISASTER --Credited cast for this special (not movie) burt reynolds, dinah shore, ewthel merman , Fred Astaire, ..Peter Bogdanovich Ray Bolger, Eileen Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, .Cary Grant, Gene Hackman, George Hamilton, John Hillerman, Madeline Kahn, Howard Keel , Lisa Kirk, Lorna Luft, Shirley MacLaine, Henry Mancin -MANY STARS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE CAN BE SEEN ARRIVING AT THE PREMIERE — excellent picture, 67 minutes,
At Wit's End
1989 ~ Los Angeles, CA
Stan Freeman portrays Oscar Levant. RARE, producer's copy of this critically aclaimed, one man show. Musings about the humorist/composer chronicling his life. A-
AUDRA McDONALD 1 DVD GO BACK HOME: Audra McDonald TV Special Live From Lincoln Center - 2013 - 90 minutes, pro shot, crystal
AUDRA MCDONALD CONCERT 1 DVD 1/4/02 Center for the Performing Arts
Gainesville, FL. This was an amazing concert, Audra sings a wide variety of songs from Gershwin to Jason Robert Brown to Jonathan Larson and many others. 90 minutes of fantastic singing, she talks about her daughter hating her singing, she forgets the lyrics to a song, very funny stuff.
AUNTIE MAME 1 DVD 11/24/03 BCEFA Reading 160 minutes, pro fan shot, excellent picture, nice close ups, Charles Busch, Lucie Arnaz, Marian Seldes, Anthony Edwards, Swoosie Kurtz, Rue McClanahan, Valerie Harper
Autism: The Musical 3/25/08 ~ HBO-TV "In 1980, autism was a relatively rare disorder, diagnosed in one in 10,000 children in the United States. Now it is one in 150. AUTISM: THE MUSICAL counters today’s bleak statistics with one woman’s optimistic pledge to lead a group of autistic children in defying diagnosed expectations by writing, rehearsing and performing their own full-length musical. Following five Los Angeles children over the course of six months, director Tricia Regan captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives and observes how this musical production gives these performers a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative sides. Both on and off stage, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL is a call-to-arms, bringing attention to a modern-day epidemic, all the while celebrating the way the human spirit can overcome any challenge." A
AVENUE Q 1 DVD January 2010 ~ London. Daniel Boys, Cassidy Janson, Edward Baruwa, Christopher Fry, Rachel Jerram, Candy Ma (u/s Christmas Eve), Alan Pearson (u/s Nicky/Trekkie/ Bear). Almost the entire show except for two brief blackouts after "Avenue Q" and "Purpose", Kate's Empire State Building scene is dialogue-only, and the audience interaction part of Money Song is cut. Also, the cartoons aren't filmed. Filmed from back stalls, there is a head on each side and one head a couple of rows ahead but filmed around well. A
AVENUE Q 1 DVD 11/18/07 ~ Des Moines, IA. Seth Rettberg (u/s Rod/Princeton), Kelli Sawyer, Angela Ai, David Benoit, Cole Porter, Carla Renata, Minglie Chen. Beautiful capture of the touring cast. This is a terrific cast and Seth was a great understudy. A+
AVENUE Q 1 DVD 9/24/06 B’way. Howie Michael Smith, Mary Faber, Rick Lyon, Ann Sanders, Haneefah Wood, Matt Schreiber (Brian u/s), Jennifer Barnhart. Lots of close-ups, a few short cover ups, A-
AVENUE Q 1 DVD 10/12/03 BROADWAY JOHN TARTAGULA, JENNIFER BARN
AUDIENCE 2 CD (AUDIO ONLY) WITH HELEN MIRREN LONDON - Live Recording - 4/22/13 (DVD VERSION ALSO AVAIL)
AUDIENCE 1 DVD 6/13/13 ~ London Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Bebe Cave, Geoffrey Beevers, Jonathan Coote, Michael Elwyn, Maya Gerber, Ian Houghton, Richard McCabe, Charlotte Moore, David Peart, Nell Williams, Rufus Wright, Haydn Gwynne, Nathaniel Parker. "Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast live from London’s Gielgud Theatre as part of National Theatre Live. For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister". A
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY 1 DVD BROADWAY 1/2/08 Dennis Letts, Deanna Dunagan, Amy Morton, Jeff Perry, Ian Barford, Madeline Martin, Sally Murphy, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed, Francis Guinan, Kimberly Guerrero, Brian Kerwin, Troy West. Excellent picture and sound. A
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY 1 DVD 12/14/07 ~ Broadway Ian Barford, Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Brian Kerwin, Dennis Letts, Madeleine Martin, Mariann Mayberry,Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed, Troy West. Beautifully captured with no obstructions and great close-ups and sound. A
Awakening Of Spring 2008 Jason Graae, John Aniston, Jesse Lee Soffer, Chad Richman, Yuval David, Constance Towers, Carrie Witala. "The Awakening Of Spring is German dramatist Frank Wedekind's first major play and a seminal work in the modern history of theatre. It was written sometime between autumn 1890 and spring 1891, but did not receive its first performance until November 20, 1906, when it premiered at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin under the direction of Max Reinhardt. It carries the sub-title A Children's Tragedy. The play criticizes the sexually-oppressive culture of fin de siècle Germany and offers a vivid dramatization of the erotic fantasies that it breeds. Due to the nature of its content, the play has been often banned. It was first staged in English in 1917 in New York City. This performance was threatened with closure when the city's Commissioner of Licenses claimed that the play was pornographic, but a New York trial court issued an injunction to allow the production to proceed. One matinee performance was allowed for a limited audience. There was a 1955 Off-Broadway production at the Provincetown Playhouse. In 1963, the play was produced in England, but for only two nights and in censored form. It was also produced in 1978 by Joseph Papp, directed by Liviu Ciulei. A musical adaptation of the play opened off Broadway in 2006 and subsequently moved to Broadway, where it garnered 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical". Basically, a filmed stage play with minimal sets. Pro-filmed for video. A
Baal 1982 BBC-TV. David Bowie (Baal), Zoe Wannamaker (Sophie), Robert Austin, Jonathan Kent, Russell Wootton. Written by Bertolt Brecht. Baal was the first full-length play written by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. It concerns a wastrel youth who becomes involved in several sexual affairs and at least one murder. It was written in 1918, when Brecht was a 20-year-old student at Munich University, in response to the expressionist drama The Loner (Der Einsame) by the soon-to-become-Nazi dramatist Hanns Johst. The play is written in a form of heightened prose and includes four songs and an introductory choral hymn ("Hymn of Baal the Great"), set to melodies composed by Brecht himself. Brecht wrote it prior to developing the dramaturgical techniques of epic theatre that characterize his later work, although he did re-work the play in 1926. The story charts the decline of a drunken and dissolute poet, Baal. Baal is an anti-hero who rejects the conventions and trappings of bourgeois society. This situation draws on the German Sturm und Drang tradition, which celebrates the cult of the genius living outside the conventions of society that would later destroy him. "The outcast, the disillusioned tough becomes the hero; he may be criminal, he may be semi-human," argues John Willett, "but in plays like Baal he can be romanticized into an inverted idealist, blindly striking out at the society in which he lives." Baal roams the countryside, womanizing and brawling. He seduces Johanna, who subsequently drowns herself. He spurns his pregnant mistress Sophie and abandons her. He murders his friend Ekart, becoming a fugitive from the police. Defiantly aloof from the consequences of his actions, Baal is nonetheless brought low by his debauchery, dying alone in a forest hut, hunted and deserted, and leaving in his wake the corpses of deflowered maidens and murdered friends. Translated into English, and slightly abbreviated. Bowie released an album of the songs in the show to coincide with the airing on TV. About an hour. Never released on VHS or DVD. A-
BABES IN THE WOODS 1 DVD LOS ANGELES 1975 This is probably with Alan Rickman
BABES IN TOYLAND 1 DVD 2003
BABY LIZ CALLAWAY 1 DVD Broadway - 12/19/83 ORIGINAL CAST — 160 minutes, vg with slight grain, pro fan shot
BACKBEAT 2 DVD Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1/20/13, Nick Blood, Leanne Best, Andrew Knott, Daniel Healy, Daniel Westwick, Oliver Bennett, Edward Clarke, Mark Hammersley, U.S. premiere, adapted from the 1994 movie of the same name, is a musical about the origins of the Beatles, nicely filmed, occasional spotlight washout, occasional pixilation but nothing too bad, A-
Backstage With Disney On Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years 12/14/14 ABC-TV. Hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, this one hour special takes viewers on a journey through the creation of eight of Disney’s Broadway musicals: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, AIDA, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies and Aladdin. The show also features music from the Disney on Broadway catalog, including special musical performances from Sir Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, Ashley Brown, and Adam Jacobs. Cameras are backstage during an actual performance of "Aladdin" during the show stopping production number, Friend Like Me. Composer Lebo M leads the ensemble of The Lion King in a special rehearsal, celebrating the show’s South African roots and themes that are the very heart of this landmark musical, and the cast of the North American tour of Newsies takes viewers on the road as the tour prepares for its official opening night in Philadelphia. 1 hour. A
BAD GIRLS 1 DVD THE MUSICAL 1/1/08 Howard McGill, Garry Cribb, Jeff Daly, James Gambold,Adam Goldsmith, Ben Godfrey, Amanda Posener, Camilla Beeput, Caroline Head, Chris Grierson, David Burt, Emily Aston, Gillian Hardie, Helen Fraser, Josephine Cook, Julie Jupp, Karl Davies, Laura Rogers Pro-shot video, excellent video A+
BAD SEED 1 DVD 2018 Drama/Horror/Mystery/Made-For-TV. Rob Lowe, Mckenna Grace, Cara Buono, Patty McCormack, Sarah Dugdale. "A father is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his daughter when he believes she may have played a role in the tragic death of a classmate at her school". 2 hours. A
Bad Seedling 7/05 Kansas City, MO. Chris Wright, Corrie Van Ausdal, Ron Megee, Gary Campbell, From the Late Night Theatre Company, "Kenneth Penmark has to temporarily leave his wife, Christine Penmark , and daughter, Rhoda because of orders from the military. Rhoda attends a school outing where a boy in her class "accidentally" drowns. Christine learns that Rhoda murdered the boy. Over cocktails with friends, Christine discusses theories of genetic predisposition to crime. A grand, talkative and consistently hungry landlady, Monica Breedlove, offers Christine amateur psychoanalysis and Christine admits suspecting that her parents adopted her. The film The Bad Seed opened in 1956. Based on an earlier stage play and a novel before that, the plot centers on the murderous actions of an eight-year-old girl, Rhoda." Specializing in mixed gender casts, where most of the parts are played by men, The Late Night Theatre Company specializes in turning camp movies into theatre pieces. Hilarious. Semi-pro shot, using one camera on a tripod. A
BAH! HUMBUG! 1 DVD 1994 ~ PBS. Martin Sheen, James Earl Jones, Robert MacNeil. Broadcast live reading of the original manuscript of A Christmas Carol, pro-shot for PBS. Performed at the Pierpont Morgan Library in Manhattan. Almost no generation loss with clear picture and sound. A
BAKERS WIFE 1 DVD 1/1/05 Alice Ripley, Max von Essen, Lenny Wolpe. Note: pro-shot highlights, about one hour. Amazing quality. The quality and color is superb. A+
The Baker's Wife
Date Unknown ~ Wichita, KS
Steve Frazier, Mari Swan, Brian Miller. A production of Stage One, Wichita. Very nicely filmed on tripod. Also includes some local TV coverage. A-
Ballroom (AKA Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom) 1992 Los Angeles, CA. Tyne Daly, Charles Durning. This production, produced by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, is "a substantially revised" version of the musical about an aging couple's romance at a Manhattan dance hall. Writer Susan Dworkin beefed up the original book by Jerome Kass, which was based on his teleplay "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom." Composer Billy Goldenberg and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman replaced four or five of the old musical numbers with new ones. The show, in this version actually reverted to the original movie’s title "Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom". (Tyne Daly is planning to workshop this version of the show in January 2011, with director Jerry Mitchell, and musical director John McDaniel and hopes to eventually bring the show back to Broadway). Filmed from the balcony. Some generational loss and spotlight washout. B-
Ballroom (AKA Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom)
1992 ~ Los Angeles, CA
Tyne Daly, Charles Durning. This production, produced by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, is "a substantially revised" version of the musical about an aging couple's romance at a Manhattan dance hall. Writer Susan Dworkin beefed up the original book by Jerome Kass, which was based on his teleplay "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom." Composer Billy Goldenberg and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman replaced four or five of the old musical numbers with new ones. The show, in this version actually reverted to the original movie’s title "Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom". (Tyne Daly is planning to workshop this version of the show in January 2011, with director Jerry Mitchell, and musical director John McDaniel and hopes to eventually bring the show back to Broadway). Filmed from the balcony. Some generational loss and spotlight washout. B-
BAND’S VISIT 1 DVD 6/18 Broadway Katrina Lenk, Saison Gabay (the Israeli actor who originated the role in the 2007 film), John Cariani, Ari'el Stachel, Ahmad Maksoud (u/s Camal), Etai Benson. Well filmed from the balcony with no issues. A
The Band’s Visit 10/16/17 ~ Broadway Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone, Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. The Band’s Visit is a musical composed by David Yazbek with book by Itamar Moses. The musical is based on the 2007 film The Band's Visit. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in December 2016 and won the 2017 Obie Award for Musical Theatre as well as other awards such as the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Musical. "In 1996, an Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert at the Arab Culture Center in Petah Tikvah. However, they inadvertently buy bus tickets to Bet Hatikvah, an isolated village in the desert rather than their concert venue. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all". Well filmed from the balcony. There is one 4-minute blackout due to some disturbance in the theatre, but the filmer inserted production stills over the audio, so there’s no black screen. A
BANDWAGON 1 DVD 11/13/14 NYC Encores! Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Laura Osnes. Very nicely filmed. Some slight spotlight washout in the wider shots. From the 1953 MGM musical, a washed up Hollywood star attempts to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show.
Barbara Cook In Mostly Sondheim 2002. The legendary star of Broadway's "Music Man," "She Loves Me" and Candide" sings the songs of Stephen Sondheim and songs he wished he had written. Recorded live, this 86 minute program captures the unmatched performance of one of America's most gifted artists. Accompanied by longtime musical directory Wally Harper, Barbara Cook performs a memorable evening of songs by the great Stephen Sondheim mixed with songs Sondheim has said he wished he had written. It's a unique musical celebration The New York Times calls "brilliant...transcendent...you may find yourself holding your breath in awe!" As The Times of London recently declared: "Barbara Cook is the greatest theatrical singer in concert at the moment." Barbara Cook continues to perform MOSTLY SONDHEIM to critical acclaim and sold-out houses. Songs: Everybody Says Don't, Buds Won't Bud, I Wonder What Became of Me?, The Eagle and Me, I Had Myself a True Love, Another Hundred People/So Many People, In Buddy's Eyes, I Got Lost in His Arms, You Can't Get a Man with a Gun, Medley: Hard-Hearted Hannah/Waiting for the Robert E. Lee/San Francisco, When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do), Happiness, Loving You, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, Send in the Clowns, Ice Cream (Vanilla), Not a Day Goes By/Losing My Mind, The Trolley Song, Anyone Can Whistle. Pro-shot for video. A
Barbara Cook Musical Retrospective, Disc 1. Compiled by a fan, these discs contain various clips of Barbara Cook singing. (Some of the clips are really old and rare!) Includes: 1. Come Play With Me, 2. Be My Baby Bumblebee, 3. Look For The Silver Lining, 4. Sympathy Duet, 5. Always, 6. Make The Man Love Me, 7. My Heart Stood Still, Glad To Be Unhappy, My Funny Valentine, This Can't Be Love, 8. Foggy Day In London Town, 9. Dick Cavett Show: I Love A Piano, If Love Were All, 10. Dick Cavett Show: Paper Moon, Carolina In The Morning, 11. It Was, Candlelight, Stars, Sweet Georgia Brown, Come Rain Or Come Shine, 12. The Man I Love. Quality varies A/B+
Barbara Cook Musical Retrospective, Disc 2. Includes: 1. Make Believe, 2. The Man I Love, Wait Till You See Him, New York State of Mind, Carolina In The Morning, Ice Cream, 3. I Love A Piano, 4. Mr. Snow, 5. People Will Say We're In Love with Michael Ball, 6. Move On with Josh Groban, 7. Losing My Mind, 8. In Buddy's Eyes, Losing My Mind. A
Barbara Cook Musical Retrospective, Disc 3. Includes: 1. If Love Were All, Paper-Moon, Carolina In The Morning, 2. Somebody, Somewhere, 3. Ice Cream, 4. Come Rain Or Come Shine, 5. Anyone Can Whistle, 6. Accentuate The Positive, In Between Goodbyes, Ice Cream, I Would Still Choose You. A
Barbara Cook’s Wit And Wisdom. Compiled by a fan, this 2 disc set includes several interviews with Barbara Cook. Includes: DISC 1: 1. Sondheim And Cook at CUNY (52 minutes). 2. Barbara Cook profile on 60 Minutes (13 minutes). Chapters 3-6 are 4 different segments from Nightline’s Up-Close Profiles, each about 6 minutes long. DISC 2: 1. In Australia, on the Leo Schofeld Show (23 minutes). 2. Barbara, Lynne Redgrave and Christine Baranski discuss Sondheim on PBS during the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration in 2002 (13 minutes). Barbara appearing on a BBC talk show promoting "Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim" she sings "I’m Beginning To See The Light" and "I Got Lost In His Arms" (17 minutes). A
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK 1 DVD Barefoot in the Park - Original Broadway Revival Cast - 3/26/2006 - Cast: Patrick Wilson, Amanda Peet
Bar Mitzvah Boy
2/16/18 ~ New York
Peyton Lusk, Ben Fankhauser, Julie Benko, Tim Jerome. Music by Jule Stein, lyrics by Don Black. Adapted by Jack Rosenthal from his BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award winning teleplay about a thirteen-year-old British boy who runs away from his own ceremony, was written for London’s West End in 1978 and never transferred to Broadway. In 1987, the American Jewish Theater staged a cut down version at the 92nd Street Y that was reset in Brooklyn, 1946 and eliminated many of the songs. As part of The Winter 2018 Musicals in Mufti Series "Celebrating Legendary Broadway Composer Jule Styne," this York Theatre Company is staging the American premiere of David Thompson’s new 2016 version which returns the show to Willesden, a suburb of North West London, in 1970 and includes new songs by Black to trunk melodies by Styne. Presented "concert style" with minimal set pieces and costumes, and the actors hold their scripts. The filmer just set the camcorder on his armrest and pointed it at the stage. No pans or zooms, and about 60% of the picture is full of heads. C+
BAR MITZVAH BOY 1 DVD NYC 9/14/76 Bar Mitzvah Boy is a British television play, written by Jack Rosenthal and originally transmitted in the Play for Today anthology series on BBC1. Broadcast on 14 September 1976, the 75-minute production was directed by Michael Tuchner and produced by Graeme MacDonald. Starring Jeremy Steyn, Kim Clifford, Mark Herman, Adrienne Posta, Maria Charles and Bernard Spear, the play tells the story of a young Jewish boy, Eliott Green (Steyn), in a lower middle class family living in Britain of the 1970s, and the apprehensions the boy feels over his forthcoming Bar Mitzvah. Meanwhile, the family prepares for the celebrations, preoccupied with their own preparations for the b'nai mitzvah. Programme notes for a Boston Jewish Film Festival screening in 2004 hailed the play as "a BBC classic… this bittersweet comedy about a British boy's upcoming Bar Mitzvah features a strong sense of time and place [and] stellar acting", while the British Film Institute's website describes it as "a simple tale made memorable by genius writing and sympathetic performances." [In 1977 Bar Mitzvah Boy won the British Academy Television Award for 'Best Single Play', and in 2000 it was placed 56th in a BFI poll of the 100 Greatest Television Programmes of the 20th century, voted on by industry professionals.]
BARBARELLA 1 DVD 11/19/04
Barbarella (Das Sexy Rock-Musical)
1/1/05 ~ Vienna, Austria
Drew Sarich, Nina Proll, Eva Maria Marold, Mark Seibert, Siegmar Tonk, Andreas Bieber, Fabian Aloise and Philip Ranson. Filmed from the balcony of the Raimund Theatre at the show’s closing performance. In German. A-
BARE 1 DVD THE MUSICAL BROADWAY 5/27/04 Michael Arden, Jenna Leigh Green, Kearran Giovanni, John Hill, Natalie Joy Johnson, Aaron Lohr, Sasha Allen, Isaac Calpito, Mike Cannon, Adam Fleming, Kaitlin Hopkins. A
BARNUM 1 DVD Original London Cast Pro-shot for TV; Stars: Michael Crawford - PRO SHOT — EXCELLENT PICTURE
Barrymore 2011. Christopher Plummer (John Barrymore), John Plumpis (Frank). "Christopher Plummer reprises his Tony Award-winning Broadway performance as iconic stage and screen idol John Barrymore in this bold and brilliant tour-de-force film. At the height of his remarkable career, John Barrymore was the most celebrated entertainer of his generation. The reigning king of both Broadway and Hollywood, his decline and fall from grace was the tragic result of a self-destructive spiral into vice and excess. And now, with his career in tatters, he makes one final attempt to reclaim his former glory on the stage in this powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and compassionate portrait of a tortured soul and living legend". A
Barrymore, Great Performances 1/31/14 PBS-TV. Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning role playing the legendary actor John Barrymore in the television adaptation of William Luce’s Broadway play. Set in 1942, Barrymore shines a dramatic spotlight on the acclaimed—and notorious— John Barrymore, capturing the famously combative star in the final months of his life as he struggles to prepare for a backer’s audition to stage a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. Once among the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation, as well as a central member of Broadway and Hollywood’s most famous acting dynasty, Barrymore is now in the twilight of his career, no longer a leading box office draw and wrestling with the ravages of his life of excess. In equal parts lacerating wit and piercing despair, the faded icon revisits the highs and lows of his theatrical triumphs and remarkable life. 90 minutes. A
BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS 1 DVD 2001 ~ Showtime TV. Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd, Ron Eldard. Pro-shot of the play on Showtime. A
BAT OUT OF HELL 1 DVD 7/17 London. Andrew Polec (Strat), Christina Bennington (Raven), Rob Fowler (Falco), Sharon Sexton (Sloane). "Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical written by Jim Steinman. Steinman wrote all of the songs, many of which were previously recorded by Meat Loaf on the albums Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. The musical is a loose retelling of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan (now named "Obsidian"), and follows Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost who has fallen in love with Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian". Well filmed form the balcony, with a nice mix of close-ups and fuller stage shots. Some slight spotlight washout, but nothing too bad. A-
BBC ORCHESTRA 2 DVD Proms 2011/Prom 51 Hooray For Hollywood. A celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood film musicals featuring Annalene Beechey, Charles Castronovo, Matthew Ford, Sarah Fox, Caroline O'Connor, Clare Teal, the Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson Orchestra and John Wilson (conductor). John Wilson and his hand-picked, high-octane orchestra have been among the most sensational Proms events of recent years. Joined by a formidable line-up of today's vocal stars, they give what one critic has described as 'the auditory equivalent of a
steam-clean' to another cache of show-stoppers. 'Hooray for Hollywood'
takes us from the dawn of the talkies and the birth of the movie musical
through to the 1960’s. An extended sequence pays special tribute to the
RKO films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who was born 100 years ago.
PLUS: BBC Proms 2011/Prom 38: Film Music Prom 19:00 Friday 12 Aug 2011
Royal Albert Hall Herrmann - The Man Who Knew Too Much, Citizen Kane, Psycho (18 min) Ennio Morricone - Cinema Paradiso - theme (7 mins) Walton - Henry V Suite (arranged by Muir Mathieson) (21 mins) INTERVAL John Williams - Star Wars,
Schindler's List; Harry Potter excpts (14 mins) Jonny Greenwood - Norwegian Wood - suite (arr. Robert Ziegler) BBC commission: world premiere (10 mins) Richard Rodney Bennett - Murder on the Orient Express Suite (8 mins) John Barry - Out of Africa - Love Theme (7 mins, James Bond films (10 mins) Ennio Morricone- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Main Theme (3 mins) Rory Kinnear narrator, Chloë Hanslip violi, BBC Concert Orchestra,Keith Lockhart Conductor
BBC Proms: Celebrating John Williams 1 DVD 7/21/17 BBC-TV. Hosted by Katie Derham, with Keith Lockhart conducting the BBC Orchestra. "Celebrate the 85th birthday of one of the world’s favorite film composers in an evening of big emotions and even bigger melodies". Songs include: Raiders March from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', Overture to 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips', Main Theme from 'Jaws', March from 'Superman', Suite for Cello and Orchestra from Memoirs of a Geisha: No. 1 Sayuri's Theme, The Tale of Viktor Navorski from 'The Terminal', Dartmoor, 1912 from 'War Horse', 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' - Hedwig's Theme, A Child’s Tale: Suite from the BFG, Flying Theme from 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', Suite from J.F.K., 1st mvt: Theme from J.FK., Prayer for Peace from 'Munich', Dry Your Tears, Afrika from 'Amistad', Devil's Dance from 'The Witches of Eastwick', Escapades (No. 3) for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from 'Catch me if you Can', March of the Resistance from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Rey's Theme from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Main Title from 'Star Wars: A New Hope'. 2 hours. A
BBC Proms: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals 8/1/09 BBC-TV. Kim Criswell, Seth MacFarlane (who knew he could sing?), Sarah Fox, Sir Thomas Allen, Curtis Stigers. "John Wilson and his hand-picked Orchestra celebrate 75 years of MGM musicals with songs from unforgettable movie classics, including The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, High Society, Gigi and Singin' in the Rain. Amazingly, although all the original orchestral parts were lost when the studio destroyed its music library to make way for a car park, Wilson has succeeded in reconstructing the scores by painstakingly transcribing each soundtrack by ear". 2 hours. A
BBC Proms: An Evening With Michael Ball 8/27/07 BBC-TV. This was Michael’s Proms debut. Presented at The Royal Albert Hall, marking the first time in Proms history that a West End star had been given a solo concert at the mostly classical musical festival. Songs include: "This Is The Moment", "Don’t Rain On My Parade", "Feeling Good", "Stranger In Paradise", "And This Is My Beloved", "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord", "Gethsemane", "As If We Never Said Goodbye", "Sunset Boulevard", "Anthem", "All I Ask Of You", "Loving You", "Something’s Coming", "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables", "The Show Must Go On", "The Prayer", "Let The River Run", "Love Changes Everything", and others. 2 hours. A
BBC Proms: Bernstein’s Mass 9/6/12 BBC-TV. Morton Frank Larsen (Celebrant). "A large musical ensemble from across Wales come to the Royal Albert Hall in London to give the first complete Proms performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a work that combines religious observance and musical theatre. Kristjan Järvi conducts the National Orchestra of Wales, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and eight choirs of talented children and adult singers, with choruses of street kids and a rock group thrown into the mix". MASS (formally, "MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers") is a musical theatre work composed by Leonard Bernstein with text by Bernstein and additional text and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy, it premiered on September 8, 1971. The performance was part of the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Originally, Bernstein had intended to compose a traditional Mass, but instead decided on a more innovative form. The work is based on the Tridentate Mass of the Roman Catholic Church. Although the liturgical passages are sung in Latin, Mass also includes additional texts in English written by Bernstein, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, and Paul Simon (who wrote the first quatrain of the trope "Half of the People"). The work is intended to be staged theatrically, but it has also been performed in a standard concert setting. A
BBC Proms: Doctor Who 7/25/10 BBC-TV. The Doctor Who Prom 2010 was a concert showcasing incidental music from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, along with classical music, performed as part of the BBC's Proms series of concerts. The concert was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was hosted by actors Matt Smith, who portrays the Doctor, and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play his companions. Following up on the first Doctor Who Prom in 2008, the concert featured music from the series, this time alongside pieces by John Adams, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff and Richard Wagner. 90 minutes. A
BBC Proms: The Last Night Of the Proms 9/11/10 BBC-TV. The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Founded in 1895, each season currently consists of over 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the United Kingdom on the last night, and associated educational and children's events. Most people's perception of the Proms is taken from the Last Night, although this concert is very different from the others. It usually takes place on the second Saturday in September, and is broadcast in the UK on BBC2 (first half) and BBC1 (second half). The concert is traditionally in a lighter, 'winding-down' vein, with popular classics being followed by a series of British patriotic pieces in the second half of the concert. Both halves of the concert are included on 2 DVDs. 3 hours total. A
BBC Proms: Rogers And Hammerstein 8/22/10 BBC-TV. Kim Criswell, Sierra Boggess, Anna-Jane Casey, Julian Ovenden, Rod Gilfry. John Wilson conducts an orchestra 100 members strong, which features the film versions of the songs, rather than the stage version because the film versions had larger orchestrations and were more "opulent". The show includes songs from Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King And I, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound Of Music. About an hour and 45 minutes. A
BBC Proms: Sondheim’s 80th Birthday 7/31/10 BBC-TV. Judi Dench, Bryn Terfel, Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale, Caroline O’Conner, Daniel Evans, Julian Ovenden, Jenna Russell. Marking the 80th birthday of one of Broadway’s great innovators, this all-Sondheim Prom draws together leading figures of the opera and theatre worlds – plus some further special guests. On the bill are excerpts from horror-opera Sweeney Todd, the Ingmar Bergman-inspired A Little Night Music and the fairy-tale compendium of Into the Woods, as well as excerpts from Company and Sunday in the Park with George. This Prom will be the first ever signed Prom. Dr Paul Whittaker, Artistic Director of Music and the Deaf will guide you through the music of Stephen Sondheim. Highlights include: The Frogs: Fanfare and Instructions to the Audience, Follies: Overture, Broadway Baby, Too Many Mornings, Sunday in the Park with George Sunday in the Park with George, Move On, Into the Woods: Agony, Children Will Listen, A Little Night Music Night Waltz (orchestral), Send in the Clowns, A Weekend in the Country, Sweeney Todd: Prelude (organ), The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Epiphany, A Little Priest, Company: Being Alive, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Everybody Ought To Have a Maid, Merrily We Roll Along: Our Time, Sunday In The Park with George: Act 1 Finale 4, Company: Side by Side. About 2 hours. A
BEASTLY BOMBINGS 1 DVD 7/20/07 The Beastly Bombings (or A Tale Of Terrorists Tamed By The Tangles Of True Love) Russel Steinberg, Andrew Ableson, Jacob Sidney,Aaron Matajasic, Joel Bennett, Natalie Salins Winner of Los Angeles ' Theatre Awards Musical Of The Year. Presented as part of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Filmed using multiple cameras, this video was produced to attract potential investors in the show. A
Beatlemania! 1981 New York. David Leon, Mitch Weissman, Tom Teely, Ralph Castelli. RARE movie version of the Broadway musical. Four guys who look and sound moderately like the Beatles play a plethora of Lennon/McCartney classics, while footage of memorable sixties events flashes by. Look for a 10 year old Christina Applegate in the video! A
Beatles Story: The Rock Opera 2006 Paris, France. Darius de Poleon (John), Richard Neale (Paul), Hubert de Candolle (George), Renaud Siry (Ringo) Stone (Linda), Yoko Takamaki (Yoko). "Beatles Story" is a Beatles tribute band who turned their act into more of a stage show. Most of the dialog is in French, with all of the music in English. Pro shot for video. A
BEAUTIFUL - 6/14/18 - ~ Broadway - Melissa Benoist (GLEE & SUPERGIRL) , Evan Todd, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Ben Jacoby, Paul Anthony Stewart, Nancy Opel. Nicely filmed from the balcony. A
BEAUTIFUL 2 DVD 4/19/14 ~ Broadway Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, Jeb Brown, Liz Larsen. Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions. Wonderful and stunning production with a cast that is perfection! Jessie gives a performance that is incredible, as does the rest of the cast! Can't say enough wonderful things about this production as a whole! A
BEAUTIFUL THE CAROL KING MUSICAL 2 DVD 10/12/13 L.A. — based on the music of Carole King
BEAUTIFUL 2 DVD 4/9/14 B'way, Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, Jeb Brown, Liz Larsen, beautiful HD capture of the show with no obstructions, A+
BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED 1 DVD 2004 LONDON Pro-shot, Michael Praed, Helen Anker, Susannah Fellows, David Burt. Drawing its title from F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, it focuses on the turbulent relationship he shared with his wife, Zelda, during the Jazz Age. Young, stylish and successful, they are the envy of high society friends, who are unaware that behind their glamorous facade are two individuals doomed to Tragedy. Words and music are by the veteran songwriters Roger Cook and Les Reed, who are variously responsible for such easy listening standards as "It's Not Unusual", "There's a Kind of Hush", "Delilah" and "I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing". Never release
BEAUTIFUL LADY 1 DVD 1985 LOS ANGELES 138 minutes, pro fan shot, vg with slight grain, no real close ups
BEAUTIFUL THING 1 DVD May 2013 ~ London. Suranne Jones, Zaraah Abrahams, Oliver Farnworth, Jake Davies, Danny-Boy Hatchard. Captured live at the Arts Theatre in London on May 22 & 23, 2013. Filmed using multiple cameras. A
Beauty And The Beast 10/15/16 Broadway. Donny Osmond, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Jaimie Ross, Stuart Marland, Jeanne Lehman, Meredith Inglesby. Not the complete show, but about two hours of highlights. The second act is almost complete, but the first act includes only about 45 minutes of the show. Occasional blackouts, but what is captured is very good. B
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1 DVD 7/21/04 ~ Warsaw, IN Rod Thomas, Pegah Kaskhodaian, Dan Zacharia, Briana Borger, Tony Humrichouser A production of Warsaw's Wagon Wheel Theatre, a regional theatre that presents its shows "in the round." Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Great production! Crystal clear. A
Beauty And The Beast
8/3/03 ~ Philadelphia, PA Tour
Roger Befeler, Jennifer Shrader, Mark G. Dalio, Jaime Ross, Andrew Boyer. Nicely filmed from the balcony, but occasionally the balcony railing gets in the shot. Great close ups. Final performance of this tour. Includes post show speach by Roger Befeler. B+
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1 DVD 1/1/95 proshot A+ James Barbour, Erin Dilly, Tom Bosley, Michelle Lee. [This was supposedly recorded specifically for the Shubert Theatre Organization for their archives. Running an hour and a half, the best quality of the show I have seen-crystal clear video and amazing audio!
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS 2 DVD 3/12/2015 - London - Pro Shot Nat'l. Theatre Live. Stephanie Street, Meera Syal, Hiran Abeysekera, Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin, Pal Aron, Vincent Ebrahim, Muzz Khan, Ranjit Krishnamma, Manjeet Mann, Thusitha Jayasundera, Anjli Mohindra. Multiple-camera proshot at the National Theatre. Broadcast live in cinemas through a satellite feed, and this was captured from that feed. Excellent quality. Subtitles which can be turned on or off.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1 DVD 9/3/94 DISNEYLAND Stephanie Block, Kelly Baldwin
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1 DVD 1994 "The Shubert Archives" James Barbour, Tom
Boslev. This was supposedly recorded specifically for the Shubert Theater
Organization, but it hasn’t been confirmed. This contains 90 minutes of
highlights; crystal clear.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST 1 DVD 1976 HALLMARK HALL OF FAME TV SPECIAL GEORGE C SCOTT, TRISH VAN DEVERE, VIRGINIA MCKENNA, BERNARD LEE (ORIGINAL M IN JAMES BOND MOVIES) 86 minutes, excellent picture
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1 DVD Brazilian theater version from The Drama School
BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE 1 DVD 2/9/99 BROADWAY Anna Manahan, Marie Mullen, Tom Murphy, Brian F. O’Bryne. Written by Martin McDonagh. "The play is a blend of black comedy, melodrama, horror and bleak tragedy. The story is set in an Irish village Leenane, Connemara in the early 1990s. The entire play takes place in a shabby, poorly lit kitchen, resulting in a claustrophobic sense of entrapment. The play centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70 year-old, selfish and manipulative mother Mag. Sisters of Maureen have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother. In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by Pato Dooley and his younger brother Ray. Pato is a middle-aged construction worker fed up with having to live and work in England, disappointed by the limitations and loneliness of his life. The sameness of its day-to-day is tedious also for his brother, a non-threatening "bad boy" Ray. The glimmer of a last-chance romance between Maureen and Pato sparks up in the first act, and continues in the second one with a notable monologue of Pato. The plot, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals interspersed with turnabouts keeps surprising the audience. Hopes are raised only to be dashed". Some generational loss, and some spotlight washout.
BED AND A CHAIR 1 DVD 11/13/13 BROADWAY Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Cyrille Aimée, Jeremy Jordan 90 minutes, pro fan shot, excellent picture, nice close ups
BED AND A CHAIR 1 DVD 11/13/13 Encores, NY, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Cyrille Aimee, Meg Gillentine, Tyler Hanes, Grasan Kingsberry, Elizabeth Parkinson, a little shaky and heads in the way at the beginning due to latecomers, nice video, A
Beggar's Opera 1983 BBC-TV. Roger Daltrey, Bob Hoskins, Rosemary Ashe, John Benfield, Isla Blair, Gaye Brown, Tim Brown. "A historical adaptation of John Gay's 18th Century ballad opera, exuberantly performed for BBC television. With its story of a condemned highwayman, it brings to life the greed, lust and corruption of low-life London." Pro-shot for TV. A
BELL TELEPHONE HOUR 1 DVD THE LYRICS OF ALAN JAY LERNER NBC-TV 2/27/66 - Hosted by Cyril Ritchard, with performances by Florence Henderson, Barbara Harris, Stanley Holloway, John Cullum, Patricia McBride and Edward Villella. Songs include; "On A Clear Day…", "The Heather On The Hill", "Wait ‘Till We’re Sixty-Five", "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?", "Camelot", "Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man?", "How Could You Believe Me?", "I Remember It Well", "Without You", "Gigi", "I’m Getting Married In The Morning", "Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here", "Melinda", "On The S.S. Bernard Cohn", "What Did I have That I Don’t Have?", "I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It’s Almost Like Being In Love", "Bonnie Jean", "Waltz At Maxim’s (She Is Not Thinking Of Me)", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "On The Street Where You Live", and "Come Back To Me". In color. 54 minutes with commercials edited out.
BELL TELEPHONE HOUR 1 DVD "The Song And Dance Man" 1/16/66 ~ NBC-TV Hosted by Donald O'Connor with performances by Anthony Newley, Shani Wallis, Janet Blair, Nancy Dussault and The Nicholas Brothers. Highlights of this program which salutes Vaudeville's song and dance man include the following: Anthony Newley and Donald O'Connor perform a Vaudeville song ("Mention My Name In Sheboygan"); Newley describes and O'Connor demonstrates different styles of dance, including clog dance, buck and wing, tap dance, soft shoe, and sand dance; O'Connor and the Nicholas Brothers perform a challenge dance; Newley and Shani Wallis recreate an English music hall routine, including songs "Goodbye Little Yellow Bird," "I Live In Trafalgar Square," and "You Can Do a Lot of Things by the Seaside"; in tribute to Leslie Stuart's creation of the chorus girl in the Floradora sextet, Newley, O'Connor and chorus sing "Tell Me Pretty Maiden"; Janet Blair sings and dances to "Moonlight Bay," "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow," and "Charley, My Boy"; O'Connor, Newley, Wallis, and Nancy Dussault perform "Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Good-Bye," "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'," "Remember," "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday on Saturday Night," and "Give My Regards to Broadway"; and O'Connor and Newley perform a medley of songs including "For Me and My Gal," "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Make 'Em Laugh," "The Joker Is Me," and "What Kind of Fool Am I?". In color. 1 hour, includes commercials for Bell Telephone. A-
BELL TELEPHONE HOUR 1 DVD BARBARA COOK Appearances 1960-1965 Barbara Cook, one of the great Broadway voices of the 20th century, was fortuitously recorded for television's Bell Telephone Hour in 1960-65, just a few years after her Candide and The Music Man.
BELL TELEPHONE HOUR 1 DVD Tribute to Harold Arlen 12/5/63 with Dinah Shore, Duke Ellington, Leslie Uggams
BELL TELEPHONE JUBILEE 1 DVD 3/16/76 BING CROSBY TV SPECIAL LIZA MINELLI, celebrating 100th anniversary - roy clark, eydie gorme, joel grey, marvin hamlisch, steve lawrence, ben vereen and others 75 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE
The Belle Of Amherst
4/15/01 ~Newark, NJ
Julie Harris. Presented by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Based on the life of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts home, the play makes use of Dickinson’s work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life - family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience some joy. Julie Harris recreates her Tony Award winning performance, in the role she originated on Broadway in 1976. The original Broadway production, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly opened on April 28, 1976 at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 116 performances. Harris, who portrayed fifteen different characters in the play, won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience. She appeared in a televised PBS production and extensively toured the country with the play for a number of years. Beautifully filmed from the balcony. Some generational loss. A-
BELLE STARR 1 CD (AUDIO ONLY) Starring Betty Grable London - Live Recording 1969
BELLS ARE RINGING 1 DVD 5/23/01 ~ Broadway. Faith Prince, Marc Kudish, Beth Fowler, David Garrison, Martin Moran. A great quality video shot from 5th row mezz. Great talent and from the digital master. A
BEN FRANKLIN IN PARIS 1 DVD 42nd STREET MOON IN SAN FRANCISCO 12/08 It’s a bit of a fictionalized version of what Franklin was doing in Paris in that turbulent time as he struggled to get King Louis XVI to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation. Franklin conspires with an old friend, Madame La Comtesse Diane de Vobrillac, who has connections at court, to help him reach his goal.The songs are by Sidney Michaels and Mark Sandrich Jr., including "Half the Battle," "I Invented Myself," "We Sail the Seas," and two additional songs by Jerry Herman: "Too Charming" and "To Be Alone with You."Sidney Michaels was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical. Jackson Davis, who was most recently seen in Aurora Theater’s fall production of The Best Man, and has appeared regularly with TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, plays the title role. It originally starred Robert Preston.
BENEATH THESE WATERS 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 23 May 20, 1954. Ronald Reagan, John Baer, Peter Whitney, Art Gilmore
BERNADETTE PETERS 1 DVD IN CONCERT GRAND GALLERY AURORA IL 5/17/07, 80 minutes, excellent / crystal picture, super close ups, songs include let me entertain you, noting like a dame, fever, unexpected song, some enchanted evening, not a day goes by, time jeals everything, you could drive a person crazy, children will listen, move on, being alive, roses turn plus 5 other songs
BERNADETTE PETERS 1 DVD IN CONCERT TV SPECIAL CANADIAN TV 1979 47 minutes, vg picture
BERNARDA ALBA 1 DVD NYC 5/14/06 New York Phylicia Rashad, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Nikki M. James, Sally Murphy, Saundra Santiago, Yolande Bavan, Judith Blazer, Candy Buckley, Nancy Ticotin, Laura Shoop Great video with lots of close ups and great sound; excellent video that includes NY1 reviews. A
BEST FOOT FORWARD 1 DVD 1954 TV MUSICAL "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS" based on book by john cecil holm & george abbott --starring robert cummings, marilyn maxwell, jeannie carson, charlie applewhite, pat carroll, howard st john, arte johnson and others -- 90 minutes, blk and white - hosdted by ray bollman--sponsered by oldmobile
Best Man 6/20/12 Broadway, Revival. Candice Bergen, Mark Blum, Kerry Butler, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Jefferson Mays, Eric McCormack, Curtis Billings, Coreey Brill, Tony Carlin, Donna Hanover, Sherman Howard, Olja Hrustic, Bill Kux, James Lecesne, Dakin Matthews, Angelica Page, Fred Parker, Amy Tribbey. Written by Gore Vidal. "In the Presidential convention in Summer 1960 in Philadelphia an ethical man running for the Presidential nomination runs against a "unscrupulous" man. Joseph Cantwell is a "bigot and a charlatan", while William Russell is the liberal candidate, "likable, forceful and humorous". Beautifully filmed, and crystal clear with no obstructions. Disc also includes a NY1 review, Press Reels, some "Meet The Cast" for the press footage, a CNN feature, and an entire episode of Theatre Talk devoted to the show. A
Best Of Friends 1991 BBC-TV. John Gielgud (Sydney Cockerell), Patrick McGoohan (George Bernard Shaw), Wendy Hiller (Laurentia McLachlan). "In 1924, legendary Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw (McGoohan), was introduced to Dame Laurentia McLachlan (Hiller), a Benedictine nun at the Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire, England. Along with their mutual friend, Sydney Cockerell (Gielgud), director of Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, the trio enjoyed twenty-five years of letters, literary debate and laughter. The sparkling dialogue, adapted from the trio's journals and other writings, comes alive through the talents of Gielgud, Hiller and McGoohan. Relive their vigorous discussions on everything from the existence of God to the finer points of tango dancing. This brilliantly literate, warm-hearted film captures the unique nature of an amazing friendship". A
BEST OF 2005 1 DVD Pro-shot footage from the following shows: Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler On The Roof with Rosie and Harvey, Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, On The Twentieth Century Concert, Chita: A Dancer's Life. Also includes performances by Donna McKechnie, Carol Channing, Joanne Worley, Lea Solanga, Marin Mazzie, Michael Finestein, Debbie Boone, Michelle Lee, Neil Sedaka, & more. A
BEST OF MUSICAL 1 DVD 2/24/10 Dortmund Cast: Pia Douwes, Anton Zetterholm, Willemijn Verkaik, Mark Seibert, Patrick Stanke, Elisabeth Hübert, DMJ, Ana Milva Gomes
BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS 1 DVD 1/1/01
BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS 1 DVD 2000 US TOUR
BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS 1 DVD Actor's Fund Concert, Performance Cast: Emily Skinner, Terrance Mann, Andrea McArdle, Richard Kind, Constantine Maroulis, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Martin, Harry Groener, the Jersey Boys, more... pro-shot using multiple cameras.
BETTE MIDLER - KISS MY BRASS TOUR 1 DVD from Radio City Music Hall 2003 Cast: Bette Midler and the Harlettes. Quality/Notes: Multi-Camera, almost looks pro-shot but with some slight generational loss. Really Great. Rating: (A)
BETTY BUCKLEY: BROADWAY BY REQUEST 1 DVD 2/21/09 ~ Feinstein's, NYC Concert with Seth Rudetsky at piano. Nice intimate concert that featured her talking about each song that was requested by the audience members prior to her performing them. The stories were just as amazing as her vocals. Betty was in wonderful spirits and was having a great time with the audience. Songs performed were As If We Never Said Goodbye, Plays the Violin, Love Song, Meadowlark, Whoever You Are I Love You, No One is Alone, When There's No One, Memory and Send in the Clowns. A-
BETTE MIDLER 1 DVD LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS NYC 9/6/71... blk & white, 56 minutes, nice close ups, slight grain
BETWEEN US 1 DVD 5/1/04 Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bradley White, Kate Jennings Grant, David Harbour, nice video
BEYOND THE FRINGE 1 DVD 1963, London, pro-shot. Alan Bennett, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller. Pro-shot in black and white for TV, some slight generational loss. A
BIG 1 DVD 1/1/96 Daniel Jenkins, Crista Moore, Jon Cypher, Patrick Levis. Pro Shot video of unedited press reels; runs about 85 minutes long. A+
Big, The Musical: Behind The Scenes 1 DVD 4/28/96 WWOR-TV. Hosted by Pat Collins. Originally broadcast on the opening night of Big, and featuring lots of behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. 2 hours. Complete with original commercials. A
BIG BANG 1/1/99 Very funny musical covering the history of the world in 90 minutes with two actors playing all the roles. Written by the team that wrote Off Broadway's hit, "Eating Raoul." Semi-pro shot using one camera on a tripod. A-
BIG BLONDE GREAT PERFORMANCES 1 DVD 1972 ~ PBS-TV Sally Kellerman, Anita Morris, John Lithgow. Based on a short story by Dorothy Parker. "That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say No in any of them". The story opens with a description of the main character, Hazel Morse. She is defined in terms of her appearance, men's desire for her, and her vanity. A brief and vague description of her early adulthood follows: Her mother had died when she was in her twenties and she had taken a job as a model. During this period she worked to be popular, especially with men. This entailed going out, being fun, and being a "good sport." Originally shown as part of the "Great Performances" series on PBS. A
BIG FISH 2 DVD 11/1/14 ~ Long Beach, CA. Jeff Skowron, Andrew Huber, Rebecca Johnson, Jude Mason, Kristina Miller, Timothy Hughes, Gabriel Kalomas, Zachary Ford, Molly Garner, Michelle Loucadoux, Marisa Field, Richard Bulda, Jake Saenz. A fantastic regional production of this endearing show with no blackouts, obstructions, and slight washout in a few places; very well filmed in 16:9, with a mix of wides, mediums, and close-ups. Excellent sound; includes curtain call. A
BIG FISH 2 DVD 11/23/13 ~ Broadway Norbert Leo Butz (Edward), Kate Baldwin (Sandra), Bobby Steggert (Will), Zachary Unger (Young Will), Ryan Andes (Karl), Brad Oscar (Calloway), Ciara Renee (The Witch), Kirsten Scott (Jenny Hill). It’s surprising to see how many changes were made from the pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago.
BIG FISH 2 DVD 5/4/13 ~ Chicago, IL, Pre-Broadway Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert, Krystal Joy Brown, Zachary Unger, Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, Brad Oscar, Katie Thompson. "Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales". Beautifully filmed with a High-Definition camcorder, with amazing clarity and no obstruction. Recorded during the final week of the Chicago tryout, so it’s probably pretty close to the final version opening on Broadway. Overall, the audience and critics have really liked this show. A
BIG POND 1 DVD 1930 film adaption of the play. Maurice Chevalier,
Claudette Colbert American romantic comedy film based on a 1928 play of
the same name by George Middleton and A.E. Thomas. Pierre Mirande (Maurice
Chevalier), is a Venetian tour guide from a poor French family who falls
in love with Barbara Billings (Claudette Colbert), a wealthy American
tourist whose father (George Barbier). Although Barbara loves Pierre as
well, her suitor, Ronnie (Frank Lyon) and her father see him as a fortune-hunter. Barbara's mother (Marion Ballou) persuades her husband to give Pierre a job in his chewing-gum factory in the States. Despite living in a dingy boardinghouse and being given the hardest job in the plant, he manages to captivate his landlady (Andrée Corday) and the maid (Elaine Koch) with his humorous songs. Unfortunately, he falls asleep on the night he is to attend Barbara's party, and is then fired when he is wrongly accused of spilling rum on some chewing gum samples. He wins back his job, and is promoted as well, when he sells liquor-coated chewing gum as a sales gimmick. Barbara disapproves, and plans to marry Ronnie, but Pierre whisks her away in a speedboat.
BIG RIVER ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN 1 DVD 9/23/08 Daniel Jenkins, Tyrone Giordano, Michael McElroy, Troy Kotsur, Lyle Kanouse, Gina Ferrall, Michael Arden, cover-ups and lap shots for Act I, good video of Act 2, very good sound throughout, nice close-ups where there is a picture, done in conjunction with Deaf West Theatre, hearing, hard of hearing and non-hearing actors in this production.
4/17/02 ~ Los Angeles, CA
Jay Michael Fergusun, LaQuinn Groves, Paul Ainsley, David Kirk Grant, David Beaver, Michelle Lane, Jennifer Young, Victor Hernandez. A presentation of Performance Riverside. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. A
BILLY AND BILLIE 1 DVD Very dark, very edgy romantic comedy series from playwright/screenwriter/director Neil LaBute, about step-siblings who fall in lust/love. Starring Adam Brody, Lisa Joyce. Complete 10 episodes on three discs; DirecTV’s Audience network.
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD THE MUSICAL LIVE 9/28/14 FROM THE LIVE BROADCAST TO MOVIE THEATERS AROUND WORLD FROM WEST'S END VICTORIA PALACE THEATER, LONDON UK ..180 minutes, menu with scene select and trailer, pro shot, crystal
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD CHICAGO 9/20/10
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD 2/14/09... ~ Broadway
Kiril Kulish (Billy), Haydn Gwynne (Mrs. Wilkinson), Gregory Jbara (Dad), Carole Shelley (Grandma), David Bologna (Michael), Santino Fontana (Tony), Grant Turner (u/s Older Billy/Scottish Dancer). Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good balance of close-ups and full stage shots, although a little shaky at times. This is the first (and so far, only) video with Kiril Kulish in the role of Billy. Unfortunately about 15 minutes of the show is missing due to battery issues. What’s missing is: Grandma’s song "We Go Dancing", the scene between Dad and Tony, the beginning of "Deep Into The Ground", and the scene between Mrs. Wilkinson and Dad discussing Billy’s ballet. It appears the filmer was trying to conserve battery power and was trying to focus on Billy’s scenes. DVD has been enhanced with main menu and thumbnail images for access to the various songs. A-
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD 11/18/08 Broadway
David Alvarez, Haydn Gwynne, Gregory Jbara, Carole Shelley, Santino Fontana, Frank Dolce, Stephen Hanna, Joel Hatch, Leah Hocking. Nicely filmed with a good balance of wide shots and close-ups. It takes a few minutes for the filmer to settle, and there is an occasional head in the frame. A-
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD 11/15/08... direct from broadway... pro fan shot, excellent / crystal
Billy Elliot, The Musical
10/18/08 ~ Broadway
David Alvarez, Haydn Gwynne, Gregory Jbara, Carole Shelley, Santino Fontana, Frank Dolce, Stephen Hanna, Joel Hatch, Leah Hocking. Beautifully filmed from the balcony and crystal clear. Nice balance of close-ups and full stage shots. Disc also includes scanned Playbill information as well as two clips from The View which features all three Billys talking to the ladies, and Kiril Kulish performing "Electricity", in addition, NY1 coverage of opening night, and a NY1 review of the show are included. A
BILLY ELLIOT 1 DVD Sydney, Australia 1/23/07, Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Wilkinson), Richard Piper (Dad), Lola Nixon (Grandma), Justin Smith (Tony), John Xintavelonis (Mr. Braithwaite), Linal Haft (George), not sure on Billy but his "Electricity" dancing is terrific, really different from other's choreographies with it being the most acrobatic, shot by in house camera, no zooms, spotlight
Billy Elliot, The Musical
11/2/06 ~ London
Mathew Koon, Sally Dexter, Philip Whitchurch, Ann Emery, Chris Lennon, Sara Poyzer. Filmed from the balcony in a very steep theatre, so it's a high angle, but crystal clear images. Lots of heads in the bottom of the shot, but they are never in the way. A-
Billy Elliot, The Musical
4/28/06 ~ London
Leon Cooke, Brad Kavanagh, Emma Hudson, Haydn Gwynne, Philip Whitchurch, Ann Emery. Missing the very beginning of the show. Much "stage searching" and blackouts for the first 5 minutes or so, then improves. Heads are in the shot throughout-but filmer does his best to shoot around them. What is captured is very clear. Includes the dance mega-mix after the curtain call. B+
BIRDCAGE - OPRAH 1 DVD 3/1/96 "The Birdcage". Oprah’s guests are Robin Williams and Nathan Lane who are on to promote "The Birdcage". 43 minutes, with commercials edited out. A
BITTER SWEET 1 DVD 1933 film adaption from Broadway; It was the first film adaptation of Noël Coward's 1929 operetta Bitter Sweet. It starred Anna Neagle and Fernand Gravey, with Ivy St. Helier reviving her stage role as Manon. It was made at Elstree Studios and was part of a boom in operetta films during the 1930s. This is a British musical romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and released by United Artists in 1933. It tells the story of Sarah Linden's romance. Sarah, now a gray-haired old woman, tells her story to a girl who is on the eve of marrying an obnoxious man when she is really in love with a musician.
BLACK JIM HAWK 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 6 Oct. 31, 1956. John Derek, Marcia Henderson, Paul Petersen, George Keymas
BLACKBIRD 1 DVD 6/10/07 ~ Off-Broadway Jeff Daniels, Alison Pill. "As the play begins, Una (Pill) has dropped in unexpectedly at the office of her former lover, Ray (Daniels). He's not happy about it, and it soon becomes obvious why. The last time they saw each other was 15 years ago when he was 40 and she was 12. Their illicit relationship landed him in jail. Since his release, he has changed his name and tried to rebuild his life. Una's arrival threatens all that, as she has come seeking answers to questions about the ill-fated affair that forever marked her." Slight camera problem, as the first 8 minutes go from color to black and white and back again, but it gets fixed and it ends up being a great quality video. Includes scanned Playbill information. Filmed at the closing night of the show at the Manhattan Theatre Club. A-
The Black Rider: The Casting Of The Magic Bullets
6/11/06 ~ Los Angeles, CA
Vance Avery, Matt McGrath, John Vickery, Mary Margeret O'Hara, Nigel Richards. "The plot centers on Wilhelm (Matt McGrath), an intellectual young clerk who must learn to hunt in order to marry his true love, a woodsman's daughter, Kathchen (Mary Margaret O'Hara). He strikes a deal with the devil incarnate for magic bullets that never miss their mark. However, in this production, nothing is what it seems; the devil sings, animals talk, the walls becomes woods and bullets have minds of their own. In fact, the plot does not really matter as the visuals create an amazing tableaux." Rarely done musical, staged in the German Expressionist style. In English. Music by Tom Waits, book by Williams Burroughs. Filmed at the closing matinee performance. Well filmed with some nice closeups. Some slight shakiness, but overall very nice. Beautifully constructed DVD with full menu. Odd show, won't be to everyone's liking, but I found it interesting.
BLESS YOU ALL 1 DVD off-Bdwy 9/25/13 Brimming with jazz-infused melodies, song-and-dance specialties and classic comedy numbers, is a cheerful celebration of the Golden Age of the Broadway revue. Delicious send-ups of such cultural icons as the 21 Club and the roaring '20s line the landscape of this glittering entertainment! Bless You All is a musical revival written by Arnold Auerbach (Phil Silvers Show) and songwriter Harold Rome (Fanny). This revival includes a sketch written by Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)!!!! Revival hasn’t been performed in 60+ years!!
BLESS YOU ALL 1 DVD CONELLY THEATER BROADWAY 9/25/13 UNSUNG MUSICAL COMPANY PLUS TALK BACK SPECIAL - 112 MINUTES TOTAL DISC, MENU WITH SELECT OPTION, Starring JEREMY BENTON, JENNIFER LEE CROWL, EMILEE DUPRE, JACOB HOFFMAN, AARON KABURICK, BRENT MCBETH, RUTH PFERDEHIRT, LINDSAY ROBERTS, CHRISTOPHER RYAN, CLIFTON SAMUELS, BILLIE WILDRICK
BLITHE SPIRIT BROADWAY REVIVAL 2 DVD 5/16/09 Rupert Everett (Charles), Jayne Atkinson (Ruth), Christine Ebersole (Elvira), Angela Lansbury (Madame Arcati). 1st 4 minutes of each act are blacked out, some heads. What is captured is crystal clear. (B+/A-)
7/15/09 ~ Broadway, Revival
Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, Jayne Atkinson, Deborah Rush, Simon Jones, Susan Louise O'Connor. Well filmed from the balcony. It takes the filmer a few minutes to settle, and then the quality improves. Almost completely blacked out during the séance scenes due to stage lighting. Overall nothing too bad. A-
Blithe Spirit, Hallmark Hall Of Fame
12/7/66 ~ NBC-TV
RARE! Dirk Bogarde (Charles Condomine), Rosemary Harris (Elvira Condomine), Ruth Gordon (Madame Arcati), Rachel Roberts (Ruth Condomine). Written by Noel Coward. In black and white. 90 minutes, complete with original commercials. A
12/1/14 ~ Los Angeles, CA, Tour
Angela Lansbury (Madam Arcati), Charles Edwards (Charles Condomine), Jemima Rooper (Elvira), Charlotte Parry (Ruth Condomine), Simon Jones (Dr. Bradman), Sandra Shipley (Mrs. Bradman), Susan Louise (O’Connor Edith). Beautifully filmed from the balcony. There is one head that occasionally leans in on the left, but it’s worked around fine and does not block the action. A
BLONDE IN THE THUNDERBIRD 1 DVD 7/05 Original Broadway Cast – PRO SHOT Suzanne Somers’ one-woman Broadway show, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, a collection of stories about her life and career. The show was supposed to run for at least 3 months, but negative publicity and disappointing ticket sales caused an early closing. The show reportedly took in only $5,000.00 in ticket sales, and played for just 9 performances. Somers blamed the harsh reviews (the New York Times: "...a swan dive into narcissism"; New York Post: "smug and remorseless") and told the Post: "These men [ New York critics] are curmudgeons, and maybe I went too close to the bone for them. I was lying there naked, and they decided to kick me and step on me, just like these visions you see in Iraq ." This was professionally filmed for video, but never officially released.
BLOOD BROTHERS 1 DVD 3/10 March 2010 ~ Phoenix Theatre, London Cast: Melanie C, Philip Stewart, Stephen Palfreman, Richard Reynard, Vivienne Carlyle, Louise Clayton, Michael Southern, Owen Oldroyd. As for this cast, I truly rank it as one of the best I've seen - pop music past or not, Mel C is spectacular as Mrs J, and the supporting cast are just as amazing. The video is filmed from the horribly raked back stalls of the Phoenix, which does mean some heads in the bottom of the screen, but they are shot around very well and completely avoided whenever possible. All the action is well-followed using a variety of shots, and the colors are faithful to the original, with little to no spotlight washout. Overall, a good video of an amazing cast. A-
BLOOD BROTHERS 1 DVD 8/16/03 London Sarah Hay (u/s Mrs Johnstone), Philip Stewart, Stephen Palfreman, Mark Hutchinson. Nice clear video with many close-ups, some heads to shoot around. A-
BLOOD BROTHERS 2 CD STARRING Helen Reddy Broadway - Live Recording - Final Performance - 4/30/95
1994 ~ Australia
David Soul (of Starsky and Hutch), Delia Hannah, Stefan Dennis, Ross Girven, Tina Regtien. Original Australian Cast. This is an interesting disc, as the first act was filmed in Melbourne, and the second act was filmed in Sydney where David Soul took over the role of the Narrator. Act one is filmed from the balcony as a bootleg, and the second act is filmed from the wings of the theatre, so in addition to seeing the action onstage you see the crew working in the wings, and the actors making the entrances and exits...it's all actually very interesting, and because it was filmed backstage you are much closer to the action. The disc is not complete, but it's about 85% of the show. Also includes a backstage TV special, and other footage of the cast performing at what looks to be a church. Some generational loss. B-
BLOOD BROTHERS 1 DVD 4/29/89 London Revival Cast. Professionally Shot: KikiDee (Mrs Johnstone), Warwick Evans (Narrator), Con O’Neil (Mickey), Robert Locke (Eddie), Terry Melia (Sammy), Annette Ekblom (Linda), Joanne Zorian (Mrs Lyons), John Coroy (Mr Lyons), Michael Atkinson (Policeman/ Teacher), Dee Robillard (Donna Marie / Miss Jones), Fenton Gray (Perkins). An amazing copy of this great show. A
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON 1 DVD Cast: Benjamin Walker, Kristine, Nielson, James Barry, Darren Goldstein, GregHildreth, Jeff Hiller, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Cameron Ocasio, Bryce Pinkham, Nadia Quinn, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Ben Steinfeld, EmilyYoung Show Date: November 10th, 2010 Show Location: Jacobs Theatre Quality: A
BLOOMER GIRL 1 DVD Barbara Cook, Keith Andes. 1956 tv adaption of the 1944
Broadway musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, and a book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy, based on an unpublished play by Lilith and Dan James. The plot concerns independent Evelina Applegate, a hoop skirt manufacturer's daughter who defies her father by rejecting hoopskirts and embracing comfortable bloomers advocated by her aunt "Dolly" Bloomer. The American Civil War is looming, and abolitionist Evelina refuses to marry suitor Jeff Calhoun until he frees his slave, Pompey.
BLUEBIRD 1 DVD 1976 film adaption of Broadway play. Elizabeth
Taylor, Jane Fonda. Directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh
Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L'Oiseau bleu
by Maurice Maeterlinck and was the fifth screen adaptation of the play,
following two silent films. The story is about a girl called Mytyl and her
brother Tyltyl seeking happiness, represented by The Blue Bird of
Happiness, aided by the good fairy Bérylune.
Blue Window, American Playhouse
6/1/87 ~ PBS-TV
Randy Danson, Margo Skinner, Matt Craven, Jane Galloway, Larry Joshua, Maureen Sillman. Based on Craig Lucas’ 1984 Off-Broadway play of the same name. "In an affluent area of downtown New York City, a Sunday evening dinner party is taking place. Hosted by Libby, an insecure thirty-something widow who lost her husband in an unfortunate accident, her guest of honor is downstairs neighbor Alice, a successful novelist, and Alice's lesbian lover, Boo, a family therapist. The other guests are Griever, Libby's best friend from group therapy; Norbert, Libby's gentle skydiving instructor; Tom, an old high-school boyfriend of Libby's now working as a jazz musician and composer, and Emily, Tom's current live-in girlfriend". A
Bobbie Wygant Interviews Compilation, Disc 1 (The Guys) - 1970’s & 1980’s ~ KDFW-Dallas-TV -- Bobbie Wygant is the longest tenured television personality in Texas and is the first broadcaster in the country to regularly present theatre and movie reviews during the local nightly news. She joined KDFW in Dallas in 1948, and in 2016 celebrated her 90th birthday. She continues to produce her reviews and interviews to this day. All of these interviews seem to be from the 1970’s and1980’s. This disc includes interviews with: Gregory Peck, 2 interviews with Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Jimmy Stewart, 2 interviews with George Burns, Peter Sellers, Gene Kelly, William Holden, and 2 interviews with Charlton Heston. 110 minutes. A
Bobbie Wygant Interviews Compilation, Disc 2 (The Dolls) -- 1970’s-1980’s ~ KDFW-Dallas-TV -- This disc includes interviews with: Lauren Bacall, 2 interviews with Debby Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Ginger Rogers, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Russell, and 2 interviews with Julie Andrews. 105 minutes. A
Bodyguard 2/5/17 Chicago, IL, Tour. Deborah Cox, Judson Mills, Kevelin B. Jones as Fletcher, Jasmin Richardson, Jorge Paniagua, Jonathan Hadley. Well filmed from the balcony. A
BOEING BOEING 1 DVD BROADWAY 4/19/08 Christine Baranski, Bradley Whitford, Mark Rylance, Gina Gershon, Mary McCormack, Kathryn Hahn; Filmed on the first night of reviews. An architect living in Paris has been juggling 3 flight attendant fiancées. Nice capture, crystal clear. Missing the first minute of Act 2. A Broadway
BOJANGLES 1 DVD RICHMOND VA 1993 The NY Times wrote "There's no such thing as too many opening nights for CHARLES STROUSE, the composer of scores for such shows as "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Applause." In less than a month he will have three shows open, and that's just fine with him, he said yesterday. "Bojangles," a show he wrote with the late Sammy Cahn, opened last Friday at the Barksdale Theater in Richmond…"
BOMBAY DREAMS 1 DVD 10/6/02 Apollo Victoria Theatre, Digital video. A few head obstructions and mostly shot between 2 heads but full of zooms and great close ups from the dress circle mezzanine. Also includes B'way GMA performance.
BOMBSHELLS 1 DVD 2002 ~ Australian TVCaroline O'Connor. One woman play. Three character monologues, "Mum," "Widow," and "Diva" written for O'Connor by Joanna Murray-Smith. Huge success in Australia where it ran for over four years. Pro-shot for TV. A
BONNIE & CLYDE 1 DVD SCHOENFELD THEATRE 11/9/11 8 PM (16:9 Widescreen) Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Claybourne Elder, Melissa Van Der Schyff, Louis Hobson, Joe Hart, Talon Ackerman, Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Alison Cimmet, Daniel Cooney, Jon Fletcher, Kelsey Fowler, Victor Hernandez, Michael Lanning, Garrett Long, Matt Lutz, Marissa McGowan, Tad Wilson; This video looks beautiful, I love the new camera! A short "blackout" towards the end of Act 1 when the idiot in front of me decided to lean totally forward blocking the view for a moment.
BONNIE AND CLYDE 2 DVD THE PLAY LA JOLLA 11/14/09
BOOBS 1 DVD THE MUSICAL Off Broadway Kristy Cates A revue of numbers by Ruth Wallis who in an earlier era devised dirty ditties like "The Dinghy Song" and "Johny's Got a Yo-Yo" The raunchier the song gets, the more amusing things become. Mostly full stage with lots or washout, but great audio otherwise
BOOK OF MORMON 2 DVD London, 5/29/13, Gavin Creel (Elder Price), Daniel Buckley (Elder Cunninghan s/b), Alexia Khadime (Nabulungi), Giles Terera (Mafala Hatimbi), Stephen Ashfield (Moroni/Elder McKinley), Tosh Wanogho-Maud (General u/s), Haydn Oakley (Price's dad/Joseph Smith/Mission President), Morris (Carbucketty), Richard Astbury (Coricopat), Cameron Ball (Admetus/Macavity), James Darch (Alonzo), Will Lucas (Bill Baily), very clear capture, shot from stalls, extremely clear, A
BOOK OF MORMON 1 DVD 12/23/12 ~ Chicago Cast. Nic Rouleau, Ben Platt,
Syesha Mercado, Pierce Cassedy, James Vincent Meredith, Christopher Shyer,
David Aron Damane. Beautiful HD capture of the Chicago Cast. I cannot say
enough wonderful things about this company! They really are rock solid and
give terrific performances! Nic and Ben are really sensational and have
great chemistry. A+
BOOK Of MORMON 1 DVD 3/7/11 Broadway Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O'Malley, Michael Potts, Lewis Cleale. A nice capture of this hilarious original show. On wide shots there can be heads on the sides, but nothing that really obstructs the action. Great clear sound and good picture A-
BOOK OF MORMON 1 DVD THE PLAY BROADWAY 2011… CREATORS OF SOUTH PARK PLAY ABOUT RELIGION / MORMONS… very funny
Book Of Mormon (Workshop) 9/1/10 New York RARE! Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Nikki M. James, Rory O'Malley, Michael Potts, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Lewis Cleale, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Clark Johnsen, John Eric Parker. This is the fourth and final workshop of the show, so it’s almost all there, but with some differences from the final version. It is presented before a small audience in a rehearsal space, with risers used as set pieces. Some of the actors are in costumes (mostly the Mormons), others are in street clothes. "Hasa Diga Eebowi" here is called "Vasa Diga Eelohai", but it’s very close to the final version. Includes cut songs "Family Home Evening", "The Bible, Part 3" (which morphed into "All-American Prophet") and "H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks" (which later became "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"). Very interesting! Filmed using two camcorders on tripods. A
BORN TO DANCE 1 DVD 1936 film with musical score by Cole Porter. With
James Stewart, Elanor Powell, Virginia Bruce. The film introduced the
Porter standards "You'd Be So Easy to Love" (performed by Stewart and
Marjorie Lane, dubbed for Powell) and "I've Got You Under My Skin"
(performed by Bruce), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Song. It was the first film in which Stewart sang. Some of the musical
numbers were recorded in stereophonic sound, making this one of the first films to
utilize multi-channel technology.
1956 ~ NBC-TV
Mary Martin, Paul Douglas, Arthur Hill, Otto Hulett, Larry Oliver. Written and directed by Garson Kanin. RARE! Televised production of the 1946 Broadway play. Features many of the actor’s that appeared in the Broadway production, although Mary Martin replaces Judy Holliday who originated the lead role of Billie Dawn on Broadway. Presented as part of the Hallmark Hall Of Fame series. "Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor." In black and white. Complete with original commercials. Some generational loss. B
BOSTON POPS TRIBUTE TO RICHARD RODGERS 1 DVD 7/14/02. Keith Lockhart
conducts the Boston Pops, who accompany singers Audra McDonald, Rebecca
Luker, Lillias White, Mary Testa, Ron Raines and Douglas Sills.
BOUNCE 1 DVD Jane Powell, RICHARD KIND, HOWARD McGILLIN, GOODMAN THEATRE CHICAGO 7/26/03 As the NY Times wrote: " It's almost impossible to be "objective" in reviewing the new Stephen Sondheim musical Bounce. After all, Sondheim is an undisputed genius of the American musical theater. Not in this case. Rewritten and retitled, first as Gold! and now as Bounce, the show is now playing at the Kennedy Center following an engagement in Chicago. Its central characters are the real-life Mizner brothers, Addison and Wilson, who cut quite a swath through America and beyond in the early years of the 20th century -- Addison primarily as an architect, Wilson primarily as a playboy....Bounce suffers from an extreme lack of focus. In response, Sondheim has written a score that, for all its riches, is annoyingly fragmented. This is obvious from the opening number -- the title song -- sung by the Mizner brothers in the afterlife. The song is melodic, energetic, and yes, bouncy, but it keeps stopping and starting up again, thereby setting the pattern for what we're going to hear subsequently. The good news about Bounce is that it has been felicitously cast, with one or two caveats. Jane Powell was in fine voice in Chicago but her singing has been roundly criticized by other people who attended other performances., so my experience was apparently not a fluke that can be ascribed to her having laryngitis or some other illness.) A brace of mixed-to-negative reviews has all but assured that this production of Bounce will not be coming to New York. Bounce may well yield one of those albums that cause listeners who never saw a show to wonder why it wasn't a hit.
BOY FROM OZ 1 DVD NYC 10/16/03 Broadway Hugh Jackman, Stephanie J. Block, Beth Fowler, Isabel Keating, Jarrod Emick, Michael Mulheren. Mitchel David Federan Opening night video; great picture and sound and lots of closeups; the two shows listed are different as the show was changing throughout previews; Digital video, A
BOY FROM OZ 1 DVD THE PLAY BROADWAY NYC 9/21/03 Hugh Jackman, Stephanie J Block, Beth Fowler, Isabel Keating, Jarrod Emick, Michael Mulheren, Mitchel David Federan; great video, lots of closeups. Digital video.
BOY FROM OZ 1 DVD THE PLAY 1/1/03 Broadway Unedited press reels of all complete musical numbers! Over an hour worth of footage. Wonderful picture and sound. A+
BOY FROM OZ 1 DVD THE PLAY 4/16/00 Perth, Australia Todd McKenney, Chrissie Amphlett, Jill Perryman, Amanda Harrison. Pro-shot with multiple cameras of the final
BOY FROM OZ 1 DVD THE PLAY WITH HUGH JACKMAN FROM IMPERIAL THEATER BROADWAY INCLUDES PRESS REELS, EXCELLENT / CRYSTAL
BOY MEETS BOY 1 DVD 2/18/95 ~ New York Bill Rock, Christopher Caswell, Rick Farwick, Patrick, H. Butler, Elizabeth Forester, Jillian Gibbs A 20th anniversary production, presented by The New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Semi-pro shot, using one camera. A
Boys In The Band 1970 (Drama). Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Cliff Gorman, Reuben Green, Maud Adams. Directed by William Friedkin. "It's Harold's birthday, and his closest friends throw him a party at Michael's apartment. Among Harold's presents is "Cowboy", since Harold may have trouble finding a cute young man on his own now that he's getting older. As the party progresses the self-deprecating humor of the group takes a nasty turn as the men become drunker. Climaxed by a cruel telephone "game" where each man must call someone and tell him (or her?) of his love for them." Film based on Mart Crowley's play. (This is a copy of the newly restored, digital transfer.) A
BOYS FROM SYRACUSE 1 DVD NYC 8/3/02 Broadway Tom Hewitt, Erin Dilly, Jackée Harry, Lee Wilkof, Chip Zien, Deidre Goodwin, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Georgia Engel Shot from front mezzanine; A
BOYS FROM SYRACUSE 1 DVD 1940 film adaption from Broadway play. Martha
Raye, Allan Jones, Joe Penner, Rosemary Lane. The film was based on a
stage musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, which in turn was based
on the play The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. It was nominated
for two Academy Awards; one for Best Visual Effects (John P. Fulton, Bernard B. Brown, Joe Lapis) and one for Best Art Direction (JackOtterson).
BOYFRIEND USA TOUR 2005 1 DVD Julie Andrews Returns to The Boy Friend as Director of 2005 Goodspeed Production; National Tour Planned
Brand 8/11/59 BBC-TV. Patrick McGoohan (Brand), Dilys Hamlett (Agnes), James Maxwell (Ejnar), Patrick Wymar (Mayor), Peter Sallis (Doctor). Written by Henrik Ibsen. "Brand is a priest tormented by his calling. He believes man can only achieve salvation if he is willing to give all to God; if a person doesn't give all then he might as well be giving nothing. He also believes man's own worst enemy is inside himself; it's man's own wish for comfort and status which saps his will to give all to God. Because of this philosophy, he impresses his childhood village with an act of heroism (insanity?) in the name of faith and they invite him to stay on as their priest, but he also refuses last rights to his mother, loses his child (whom he later refers to as an "idol") and then his wife, and attempts to lead his congregation on a march to the death for their own salvation. The congregation stone him and leave him for dead in the mountains. In his delirium a vision of his wife appears, which he dismisses as an act of the Devil. But suddenly, momentarily lucid at the point of death, he feels the full weight of all he has lost and begs God to tell him what secret he has missed if the will to give "All or Nothing" is not enough to enter heaven". This production was originally staged by the 59 Theatre Company at the Lyric Opera House in London, and aired as part of the BBC’s "World Theatre" program. In black and white. A
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S 1 DVD BROADWAY NYC 3/9/13 with emilia clarke, cory michael smith, george wendt (norm from cheers), james yaegashi, suzanne bertish and others, filmed from orchestra, occasional head obstruction, contain nudity A+
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S 2 CD (AUDIO ONLY ) 1969 Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain Complete - Broadway Preview Performance - Live Recording
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S 1 CD (AUDIO ONLY) - 1969 SONGS ONLY --NOT THE FULL PLAY --Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain LP Dup - SPM recording
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S 1 CD (AUDIO ONLY) 1969 COMPOSER'S DEMO
BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL LIVE ACTOR’S FUND CONCERT 1 DVD 10/8/2006 ~ - Los Angeles, CA "Kicking off the Actor's Fund "Musical Mondays" series, Tony Award winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell plays to a capacity crown in the beautiful lobby of the Pantages Theatre. Stopping the show multiple times, and receiving 2 standing ovations, Mitchell performed a set which included some pop and jazz as well as showstoppers "Wheels Of A Dream," This nearly Was Mine," and "The Impossible Dream." Mitchell also sings "Embracable You" to Mitzy Gaynor who was sitting in the first row." Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Crystal clear. DVD has been enhanced to include an opening menu and scene selections. A
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL 1 DVD - Sarah Jones New York 3/6/04 Solo show with great picture and sound; 1st generation from the master. Tape includes the Theater Talk interview. A
The Bridges Of Madison County 1/3/16 ~ Los Angeles, Tour Elizabeth (Stanley Francesca), Andrew Samonsky (Robert), Cullen R Titmas (Bud), Mary Callanan (Marge), Tom Treadwell (u/s Charlie), Dave Thomas Brown (Michael), Caitlin Houlahan (Carolyn). Beautifully filmed with no issues. At this performance, Jason Robert Brown conducted the orchestra. A
The Bridges Of Madison County
Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale, Hunter Foster, Michael X. Martin, Cass Morgan, Caitlin Kinnunen, Derek Klena. Filmed using a High Definition camcorder. Nicely captured, although in the first act there is a little obstruction from a head and a pole of some sort, but it’s nothing too bad. The filmer changed seats for the second act, so the second act is perfect. A-
BRIEF ENCOUNTER 1 DVD Late 2010 Broadway Revival Round; Stars: Hannah Yelland, Tristan Sturrock -PRO FAN SHOT - EXCELLENT PICTURE
BRIGADOON 1 DVD 11/17/17 Encores! Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild, Patricia Delgado, Sara Esty. Presented by Encores! at City Center. Disc includes some pro-shot footage of rehearsals, and interviews with the cast and creative. This is one of the fuller shows I’ve seen from Encores! No scripts, everyone is in costume, and full staging and full choreography. Nicely filmed from the balcony with a nice mix of close-ups and fuller stage shots for the production numbers. A
BRIGADOON 1 DVD 12/4/11
BRIGADOON 1 DVD 6/18/91 ~ Moonlight Amphitheater, Los Angeles. Erik Kunze & Michael Guarnera. A Moonlight Amphitheater Production filmed using multiple cameras on a tripod. A-
BRIGADOON 1 DVD 1980 ~ Broadway Revival. Martin Vidnovic, Meg Bussert, John Curry. Directed by Vivian Matalon. Amazing quality for age. Nice full production. Few close-ups, as is typical for older bootlegs, but good quality picture and sound. B+
10/16/66 ~ CBS-TV
Robert Goulet (Tommy Albright), Peter Falk (Jeff Douglas), Sally Ann Howes (Fiona McClaren), Finlay Currie (Mr. Lundle), Marlyn Mason (Meg Brockie), Edward Villella (Harry Beaton). Slightly abridged for TV. Producer’s copy. Some slight generational loss. A-
BRIGHT STAR 9/13/14 - menu with song select - crystal picture - tons of great close-ups - Music & story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives. The show is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1922, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past. The score includes songs from Martin and Brickwell's new album "Love Has Come For You."
BRILLIANT MISTAKE: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS COSTELLO 1 DVD 10/31/05, Eden Espinosa, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Raul Esparza, Sherie Renee Scott, Marcy Harriell, Norbert Leo Butz, Will Chase, Matthew Morrison, Gavin Creel
BRING IT ON 1 DVD 10/24/12 ~ Broadway Taylor Louderman, Adrienne Warren, Ariana DeBose, Jason Gotay, Gregory Haney, Neil Haskell, Janet Krupin, Elle McLemore, Nicolas Womak, Ryann Redmond, Kate Rockwell, Calli Alden, Antwan Bethea, Dexter Carr, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Brooklyn Alexis Freitag, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Joshua Henry, Dominique Johnson, Melody Mills, Michael Mindlin, Zach Pennix, David Ranck, Bettis Richardson, Sheldon Tucker, Alysha Umphress, Lauren Whitt. Well filmed with a nice mix of close-ups and full stage shots
BROADWAY PLAYS WASHINGTON D.C. 1 DVD From 3/13/82 at the JFK Center for Performing Arts. Stars Bea Arthur, Pearl Bailey and Ellen Burstyn + Bdwy stars
BROADWAY AT THE BOWL 1 DVD HOSTED BY PLACIDO DOMINGO pro fan shot, vg with slight grain, from a little a far (full stage) but still very good
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2018 1 DVD 4/2/18 New York. The 13th annual edition of Broadway Backwards, which allows performers a chance to defy gender norms by singing a number they traditionally would not have the opportunity to, reached another fundraising milestone. The April 2 event at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre raised a total of $680,273 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (surpassing last year's record of $522,870). The performance featured a cast of 62—including several stage favorites and current Broadway stars—showcasing 19 numbers, from show stopping dance routines to emotional ballads. Highlights included Jay Armstrong Johnson recreating Bob Fosse's original Sweet Charity choreography for "If They Could See Me Now," Waitress alum Betsy Wolfe performing the Dear Evan Hansen anthem "Waving Through a Window," Michael McElroy and Hamilton's Bryan Terrell Clark on The Color Purple's "What About Love?" and Alex Newell, who led the company in a performance of the Oscar-nominated Greatest Showman tune "This Is Me." The Julie Halston-hosted event also featured Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen), Gaelen Gilliland (SpongeBob SquarePants), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Andrea McArdle (Beauty and the Beast, Annie), Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block, Wicked), Eric Petersen (Escape to Margaritaville), Nico Tortorella (TV’s Younger), Taylor Trensch (Dear Evan Hansen), Anneliese van der Pol (Beauty and the Beast, TV’s That’s So Raven), Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony winner Len Cariou, Shawna Hamic, Jay Armstrong Johnson, two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Christian Dante White, and Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, as well as a special appearance by Oscar winner Hayley Mills. Multi-camera, pro shot. A
BROADWAY BACKWARDS A MUSICAL CELEBRATION 1 DVD 3/18/13 Broadway, menu with chapter / artist select, 143 minutes, excellent picture,
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 7 1 DVD 3/5/12 Broadway, menu with chapter / artist select, 120 minutes, excellent picture,
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 1 DVD BROADWAY 2/7/11 BROADWAY BACKWARDS reinterprets the songs of musical theater by featuring women singing songs originally written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping the lyrics intact, including the pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension. It's Broadway in a whole new key. Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family) returned to her Chicago roots, this time taking on the role of scheming lawyer Billy Flynn in the self-promoting "All I Care About is Love." Surrounded by a bevy of glamorous, feathery fan-whirling dancers, Bebe sported a dapper white suit and carried a cigar as she sang the smooth-talking attorney's show-stopping anthem. Clay Aiken, who appeared on Broadway in Spamalot, brought the house to tears with his heart-felt yearning for "Home" from The Wiz. The performance was dedicated to all the LGBT young people who find themselves seeking a safe haven at places like the Center, which offer a myriad of social service programs. And while the song was dedicated to young people, its lyrics resonate with all: "And I've learned/That we must look inside our hearts/To find a world full of love/Like yours/Like me/Like home..." Debra Monk, most recently seen on Broadway in Curtains, transformed My Fair Lady's "On the Street Where You Live" into a delicate, yet courageous, coming out story.Tony Yazbek, who appeared as the scene-stealing Tulsa in the Patti LuPone revival of Gypsy, left the audience in awe after a breathtaking, heart-pounding recreation of the complete "Music and the Mirror" song and dance from A Chorus Line. Lillias White, Tony winner for The Life and most recently seen in Fela!, had audience members dancing in their seats, showing off seemingly limitless vocals with a rousing Ray Charles arrangement of "Some Enchanted Evening." Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham brought the show to an emotional finale with "Hello Young Lovers" from the King and I, celebrating the courageous and brave in our community who stand-up to oppressors and bullies.
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 5 1 DVD 2/22/10 Broadway menu with chapter / artist select, interviews, 134 minutes, excellent picture
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 1 DVD BROADWAY 2/9/09 The show opened with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming's unusual rendition of Evita's "Rainbow High." Whoopi Goldberg led a group of tough-looking gals in a sassy "Gee, Officer Krupke" from West Side Story. Aaron Lazar sang a gorgeous rendition of the ballad "On My Own" from Les Miserables. John Tartaglia and Jose Llana explored the perils of Internet dating in a funny take on Fiddler on the Roof's "Matchmaker, Matchmaker." Tony Yazbeck showed off his singing and dancing chops -- as well as his biceps -- in a sultry routine using Cole Porter's "Buddy Beware." Sandra Bernhard and Cheyenne Jackson clowned around on another Porter classic, "You're the Top." Florence Henderson -- who turns 75 years young on Saturday -- led a rousing rendition of "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame" from South Pacific -- the show in which she played Nellie Forbush over 40 years ago! Len Cariou -- no stranger to the songs of Stephen Sondheim -- performed a passionate "Losing My Mind" from Follies. Film and stage star Gina Gershon rose to the occasion by performing Jacques Brel's beloved "Madeleine." Tituss Burgess -- on his night off from Broadway's Guys & Dolls -- thrilled the crowd with a soaring version of Stephen Schwartz's "Meadowlark." Ugly Betty stars Michael Urie and Becki Newton -- joined by Jersey Boys' Christopher Kale Jones -- tore into Sondheim's hilarious "Getting Married Today" from Company. The always fabulous Maureen McGovern scored with "This Nearly Was Mine" from South Pacific. Mario Cantone paid tribute to event co-chairs Terrence McNally and John Kander by performing a superb version of "Chief Cook and Bottlewasher" from their show The Rink. The ever-exciting Sally Mayes wowed the audience in a lavish production number using Lerner and Loewe's "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady. Finally, the three-hour concert concluded with Marty Thomas performing his now-signature number "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 5 1 DVD ~ New York Florence Henderson host, with : Nick Adams,Gary Beach, Timothy W. Bish, Tituss Burgess, Dan Butler, Mario Cantone, Len Cariou, Robert Cuccioli, Raúl Esparza, Harvey Evans, Bruce Vilanch et al.
BROADWAY BARES 28: GAME NIGHT 1 DVD 6/17/18 New York. Broadway Bares: Game Night, which was presented June 17 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, raised $1,875,090 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The evening gave game night a tantalizing twist with striptease production numbers inspired by board, video, and arcade games. Watch highlights in the video above. The Boys in the Band’s Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins appeared as special guests and were challenged with trivia questions. For each incorrect answer by the cast, Carver had to strip off an article of clothing. Other special guests included Summer Tony nominee Ariana DeBose, The Phantom of the Opera’s Jay Armstrong Johnson, Escape to Margaritaville’s Alison Luff and Rema Webb, recent Kinky Boots star Kirstin Maldonado, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, Mean Girls Tony nominee Ashley Park, The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Wesley Taylor, and two-time Tony winner Judith Light. These actors joined more than 200 other dancers, including cast members from Anastasia, Angels in America, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Frozen, Hamilton, Hello, Dolly!, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of Opera, Pretty Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Wicked. Multi-camera, pro shot. A
Broadway Bares 26: "On Demand" 6/19/16 New York. Chiseled morning show hosts, rock-hard reality show contestants and pumped up politicos took over the airwaves at this year’s edition of Broadway Bares, an evening of elaborately staged burlesque production numbers that gave a new meaning to "Bares TV." Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: On Demand raised an impressive $1,482,724 in two performances on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The event featured 198 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, entertaining standing-room-only audiences at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening was dedicated to the victims, families and friends of last week’s Orlando night club tragedy. This year’s guest performers Billy Porter, Lesli Margherita, Christopher Sieber, Frankie J. Grande, Daniel Dae Kim, Michael Longoria and NY1 News’ Frank DiLella and Roma Torre. The show also included special "on demand" video appearances by Gloria Estefan, Andrew Rannells, Wendy Williams, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen, Cassandra Peterson as her horror hostess alter ego Elvira and HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott. The evening followed a fledgling TV network’s efforts to turn itself into an audience favorite by asking its stars to drop their drawers and opt for "all nude, all the time." Multi-camera, pro-shot. A
Broadway Bares 25: "Top Bottoms Of Burlesque" 6/21/15 New York. BC/EFA celebrates it’s 25th edition of Broadway Bares with this unique spin on the classic Broadway musical "42nd Street", the story of a bright-eyed ingénue looking to make it big on the Great White Way. The evening, which features special guest performances by Laverne Cox, Bianca Del Rio, Harvey Fierstein, Lesli Margherita and Christopher Sieber, raised a record-shattering $1,598,501 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The show-within-a-show Broadway Bares began with a curtain-raising reveal of 100 bouncing booties, all auditioning for a part in the next Broadway hit, "Top Bottoms of Burlesque." As the dance captain Callan Bergmann cut want-to-be bottoms, Fierstein, dressed in drag, introduced a "parade of asses," a pageant of bottoms colorfully representing each season in elegant showgirl costumes designed by two-time Tony winner Gregg Barnes. The opening number, was written by Andrew Lippa and Hunter Bell. The starry-eyed "Petey Sawyer" from Allentown arrived too late for the audition and is relegated for the remainder of the show to find his own way on to a Broadway stage. Leading lady Bianca Del Rio is summoned to the stage by Sieber who advances the show’s storyline as Broadway producer "JM." Del Rio showed true stage diva-ness in "Shadow Play," revealing her inner cougar by leading a dozen muscular chorus boys through an erotic shadow dance. But her bows take a devastating turn when she slips on a wet stage and "breaks her ass." Del Rio’s injury triggers a search for her replacement as the next "top bottom of Broadway," a search led by Margherita as an over-the-top casting assistant. An energetic tap number "He’s in the Money," a modern nod to 42nd Street’s iconic "We’re in the Money" ends the show. Closing the evening, Christopher Sieber lead the show’s famous "rotation," where the entire cast dances freestyle to encourage individual appreciation tips from the audience. This year’s rotation added $24,912 to the record-breaking total. Filmed using multiple cameras. A
BROADWAY BARES 24 1 DVD "Rock Hard!" 6/22/14 New York. The 24th annual edition of Broadway Bares, entitled Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! was presented at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The annual fundraiser pays tribute to "rock ‘n’ roll’s iconic music and moments of the past 60 years. More than 150 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers shake, rattle, and disrobe in an unforgettable burlesque spectacular," according to press notes. The evening features Alan Cumming (Cabaret), "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Bianca Del Rio, Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Andy Karl (Rocky), Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), Patrick Page (Casa Valentina), Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical) and Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky. Filmed using multiple cameras. A
BROADWAY BARES 23: UNITED STRIPS OF AMERICA 1 DVD 6/23/13, pro-shot, randy road trip of modern day burlesque featuring 220 of NY's sexiest dancers, this year's edition Michael Cusumano and Max von Essen portray a bi-costal couple who set out on separate, sexy journeys through a dozen states, hosted by Christopher Sieber and Lesli Marghuerita, A
BROADWAY BARES 22: HAPPY ENDINGS 1 DVD (6/17/12), pro-shot, Kyle Dean Massey, Miriam Shor, Lady Bunny, Jennifer Tikkey, Rachel Potter, Judith Light, Christopher Sieber and over 200 of B'way's hottest singers and dancers, A+
BROADWAY BARES 21 "MASTERPIECE" 1 DVD 6/19/11, pro-shot, Beth Leavel, David Hyde Pierce, Hunter Foster, Roger Rees, Rory O'Malley, Jim Parsons, Christopher Siever, Patina Miller, Judith Light and over 100 of the hottest dancers on B'way, A+
BROADWAY BARES 20: STRIPOPOLY 1 DVD 6/20/10 PRO SHOT Kristen Chenoweth, Vanessa Williams, Euan Morton, Lucy Liu, Reichen Lehmkuhl, Jackie Hoffman, Katie Finneran, Diana DeGarmo, Nick Adams, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kevin Burrows, Charles Busch, Kevin Chamberlin, Jennifer Cody, Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Katie Finneran, Barrett Foa, Julie Halston, Cheyenne Jackson, Denis Jones, Sebastian LaCause, Julia Murney, Christopher Sieber, Rachelle Rak, Andrew Rannells, Bruce Vilanch, Lillias White and, of course, Jerry Mitchell and over 200 of the HOTTEST dancers and singers on Broadway.
BROADWAY BARES 19: CLICK IT! 1 DVD (6/21/09), pro-shot, Sutton Foster, Allison Janney, Kevin Chamberlin, Norm Lewis, Mo Rocca, Whitney Thompson and Michael Urie, internet themed game show, including skits inspired by e-mail, shopping, recipes, gambling, dating, crashing computers, Youtube and much more, A+
BROADWAY BARES 18: WONDERLAND 1 DVD 6/22/08, pro-shot, Mary Birdsong, Titus Burgess, Christopher Sieber, Matthew Morrison, Tyler Maynard, Jennifer Cody, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin plus more, draws upon Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland, this show opens with a chorus of English schoolmates plus featured a wealth of twisted and nearly naked guests from beyond the looking glass, A
BROADWAY BARES 17 1 DVD New York 3/17/07 Myth Behavior. Ashley Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, Harvey Fierstein, Deidre Goodwin, Capathia Jenkins, Leslie Kritzer, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Daphne Rubin-Vega, more. BC/EFA benefit. Multi-camera, pro shot for video.
BROADWAY BARES 16 1 DVD (2006) "New York Strip" Mario Cantone, Fran Dresher, John Lloyd Young, Marisa Jaret Winouker, Josh Strickland, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Gettlefinger, Alan Cummings, Claire Bloom, Michael Pawk plus others
BROADWAY BARES XV 1 DVD 2005 Shoshana Bean, Michael Elroy, Christina Applegate, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, Jai Rodriguez, Bruce Villanch, more. BC/EFA annual "burlesque" benefit show. Pro-shot features display menu
BROADWAY BARES 14: NOW SHOWING 1 DVD pro-shot, 2004, Jai Rodriguez, Patrick Cassidy, Page Davis, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia, B
BROADWAY BARES 13: BACK TO BURLESQUE 1 DVD pro-shot, 2003, B
BROADWAY BARES 12: A COMIC STRIP 1 DVD pro-shot, 2002, B
BROADWAY BARES XII 1 DVD 2002 Comic Strip Theme featuring Popeye, Spiderman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman and the Archies; Special Guests John Stamos and Steven Weber. Dancers feature Jai Rodriguez, Orfeh, Christopher Siebert, Yasminn Alers, Julia Murney. Pro shot!
BROADWAY BARES 11: A STRIP ODYSSEY 1 DVD B'way, 6/17/01, pro-shot, Idina Menzel, Julia Murney, Alice Ripley, Tom Hewitt, Emily Skinner, Charles Busch, Michele Lee, Greg Butler, Daphne Rubin-Vega
BROADWAY BARES 10: "X" 1 DVD 2000, pro-shot, Bruce Vilanche, Joley Fisher, Alan Cummings, Linda Eder and many more, B
BROADWAY BARES 9: CALENDAR GIRL 1 DVD 1999, pro-shot, Lea Delaria, Alan Cummings, Tom Wopat, A
BROADWAY BARES 8: PEEP SHOW 1 DVD 1998, pro-shot, Alan Cummings, Deborah Gibson, Sandra Bernhart, Billy Porter, A
BROADWAY BARES 7: BAREST SHOW ON EARTH 1 DVD 1997, pro-shot, show combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzledazzle of B'way, featuring original dance numbers choreographed and performed by some of B'way's best dancers, B
BROADWAY BARES 6: LESS IS MORE 1 DVD 1996, pro-shot, Nathan Lane, Lilias White, Billy Porter and more, A
BROADWAY BARES 5: KNOCK KNOCK… WHO’S BARE 1 DVD 1995, pro-shot, Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Porter and more, A
BROADWAY BARES 4 REVIVAL: A NEW WAY TO DO IT 1 DVD NY, 1994, pro-shot, male and female dancers take it off for a good cause at a Manhattan venue, this show combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of B'way, featuring original dance numbers choreographed and performed by some of B'way's best dancers, A
BROADWAY BARES 3 1 DVD 1993 ~ New York The First Broadway Bares was presented in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell and the company of The Will Rogers Follies at Splash bar. Eight dancers "in rotation" on the bar raised over $8,000. By this, the third year, the show raised $38,000. The show has continued to grow in popularity, and in 2008, the show raised $875,000. This early version of the show featured dancers from some of the Broadway musicals, but no "name stars" participated (but some of the dancers who have gone on to greater things include Michael Barresse, Scott Fowler, and Greg Ramos) The production values were also not as elaborate as more recent versions of the show. Filmed using multiple cameras. Some generational loss. A-
BROADWAY BARES 2 1 DVD 10/28/92 ~ New York RARE! Even though this version of Broadway Bares is considered the second iteration, it is really the first that took on the recognized format and featured big production numbers. (The first version was when director Jerry Mitchell and 6 of his fellow dancers from The Will Rogers Follies danced on the bar at Splash and raised $8000.00 for BC/EFA). This early version, presented at Shout (a larger bar complete with a spotlight and a postage stamp-sized stage) was back by popular demand just 6 months after the first. The show had no theme, and none of the bigger Broadway names that would come to donate their time in the show in later versions, just one dance number after the other. Also, this version was the first version to feature women as well as men. Marla Maples makes an appearance toward the end of the show, during what is called the "Rotation"- when the dancers get up close to the fans, who stuff donations into their g-strings. Every few minutes, the dancers rotate around to different sets of fans. This show raised $17,000.00 for BC/EFA. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Some generational loss. B+
BROADWAY BARES 1 1 DVD 4/8/92 ~ New York This is the show that started it all-the very origins of Broadway Bares, when Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell (who was doing The Will Rogers Follies at the time) and six friends climbed up on the bar at Splash to raise money. This is the only footage known to exist, and it only runs a little over 3 minutes. The show raised a total of $8000.00. A
BROADWAY "BONANZA" DISC 117 - FALL 2010
1. Behind the scenes of Wicked with Mandy Gonzales on LXTV
2. Jordin Sparks talking about coming into In The Heights (from early summer)
3. In the Heights commercial with Jordin Sparks
4. Mary Poppins "Supercali..." commercial
5. Liza Minnelli mini clips at beginning of The View
6. Liza interview on The View
7. Liza singing on The View
8. Lea Michele singing "Papa can you hear me?" on Glee
9. Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime) intro on Today Show
10. Stephanie singing as part of Everyone has a story segment on Today Show
11. Sister Act is coming to Broadway
12. West Side Story commercial - last chance to see, thru Jan. 2
13. Jordin Sparks launching new perfume (shows little clip from In the Heights)
14. New Footloose movie segment on ET
15. "Sweeney Todd" song on The Office
16. More of Sweeney Todd episode
21. Jersey Boys to be a movie
22. Jersey Boys to be a movie on Ch. 7 - different show segments
23. More Broadway shows to have 7 pm curtain times
24. Interview with Lanie Kazan on Ch. 2
25. Lanie Kazan talking about being understudy in Funny Girl on Ch. 5
26. Curtain time to be at 7 pm more, news segment on Ch. 7
27. Mini synopsis of Mrs. Warren's Profession on Sunday Arts
28. Brief Encounter quote commercial
29. Interview with Eli Wallach on Sunday Morning
30. Molly Shannon joining cast of Promises, Promises
31. Promises, Promises updated commercial with Molly Shannon
32. New American Idiot commercial
33. Carol Channing saying how "even her garbage collector is crazy about Florence Henderson" on Dancing with the Stars!
34. New York Musical Theater Festival segment with festival director on LXTV
35. Anthony Rapp/Festival director of NYMF interview on Ch. 4
36. Anthony singing song on Ch. 4
37. Chris Colfer singing "Le Jazz Hot" on Glee
38. "Sing" from A Chorus Line on Glee
39. Chris Colfer/Lea Michele singing Liza/Judy duet of "Happy Days/Get Happy"
40. 1 1/2 minute Disney movie Tangled commercial
41. JK Simmons on another Farmers Insurance commercial
42. 30 Rock Live commercial
43. Jane Krakowski singing 30 Rock theme song on Live Show
44. Cheyenne Jackson guest starring on 30 Rock
50. Driving Miss Daisy commercial
51. James Earl Jones interview on Regis/Kelly
53. New 10 second Billy Elliot commercial
54. 30 second Billy Elliot commercial
55. Christina Ricci interview on Today Show about "Time Stands Still" play
56. Lea Michele singing song for animated film Dorothy of Oz on ET
57. Audrey Hepburn "Tiffany/Funny Face" stills over Funny Face song
59. New La Cage commercial
60. Scottsboro Boys commercial
61. Time Stands Still quote commercial
62. Rain on Broadway commercial
63. Mini synopsis of Women on the Verge... on Sunday Arts
64. A Free Man of Color mini synopsis on Sunday Arts
65. Anika Noni Rose/Phylicia Rashad interview on WPIX11 about "For Colored Girls..." film
66. Regis and Pee Wee Herman mini segment on Extra
67. Regis touring Pee Wee around NYC before his Broadway debut
68. Pee Wee Herman commercial 1
69. Pee Wee Herman commercial 2
70. Dee Snider interview on Today about joining "Rock of Ages"
71. Hollywood stars coming to Broadway this fall segment on LXTV
72. Back-story of Matt Morrison on The Insider
73. Glee Rocky Horror Show segment on The Insider
74. Glee Rocky Horror Show segment on Access Hollywood
75. A Life in the Theatre quote commercial
76. Morning Glory movie commercial, also stars Patrick Wilson
77. White Collar TV promo
78. Musical Theater category on Final Jeopardy
79. Bit of Green Day band and American Idiot cast singing "Last of the American Girls" on NFL halftime show
80. Letters to Juliet movie commercial with Vanessa Redgrave
81. Next to Normal commercial
82. New Million Dollar Quartet commercial
83. Moms in Charge segment interviewing Fran Kirmser, who is one of the producers of the play, Lombardi
BROADWAY COMPILATION 2 DVD SET… VOLUME 1: THE FULL MONTY "Let It Go" (Today), THE FULL MONTY "Michael Jordan's Ball" (Rosie),SEUSSICAL "Notice Me Horton" (Rosie), JANE EYRE "Secret Soul" (Rosie), THE MUSIC MAN, "Trouble" (Macys), SEUSSICAL "Biggest Blame Fool" (Macys), SEUSSICAL "Oh The Thinks You, Can Think" (Today), SEUSSICAL "Biggest Blame Fool" (Rosie), SEUSSICAL "Rosie's Backstage, Pass" (Rosie), AIDA "I Know the Truth-Taylor Dayne" (Regis), A CLASS ACT "Next Best Thing To Love" Randy Graff (Rosie), BELLS ARE RINGING "Perfect Relationship" Faith Prince (Rosie),DOWN HEARTED BLUES "Has Been Blues" Jennifer Holiday (Rosie)2000-2001 Friday, July 23, 2010 Page 14 of 104;
BROADWAY COMPILATION VOLUME 2: BROOKLYN "Back Story" (Today) 10/30/04, BROOKLYN "Once Upon a Time" (Today) 10/30/04, ALL SHOOK UP "Love Me Tender/ Burning Love" Jennifer Gamatese, Cheyenne Jackson, (Macys) 11/25/04, WONDERFUL TOWN "Swing" Brooke Shields (Macys) 11/25/04, BOMBAY, DREAMS "Shakalaka Baby" Tamara Grey (Macys) 11/25/04, GOOD VIBRATIONS "Fun, Fun,Fun" David Larsen, Kate Reinders (Macys) 11/25/04, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Raul, Esparza, Erin Dilly 11/25/04, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF "Matchmaker" (CBS Today) 11/25/04,, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES "La Cage" (Today) 12/2/04, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Profile (CBS Sunday Morning) 12/19/04, HEATHER HEADLEY "Your Song" (Kennedy Center Honors), 12/21/04, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA "All I Ask of You" Emmy Rossen/Patrick Wilson (GMA)12/22/04, BROOKLYN "Once Upon a Time.
BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK 1 DVD 6/6/10
BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK 1 DVD 5/6/10
BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK 1 DVD 1/6/10
BROADWAY HOME VIDEOS 2 DVD SET… DISC 1: NO INFO AVAILABLE.
BROADWAY HOME VIDEOS DISC 2: Interesting collection of footage from various old Broadway shows, most probably filmed by a cast member. The stuff from Merman’s Gypsy is fairly common as I’ve seen it before, but the rest of the clips I think are rare. Included: 1-Black and white footage of a Gypsy rehearsal with Ethel Merman and the original Broadway cast, and some bootlegged color footage from the show, all with music from the cast album playing over the silent footage; 2-Color silent footage of Mame with Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur filmed from the balcony and some from the wings and some candid footage before the show with Lansbury; 3-Rare color footage, also silent, of Angela Lansbury and the original Broadway cast of Dear World during a rehearsal; 4-More rare footage of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, this time in color with full sound of a rehearsal of Chicago with full orchestra, cast and costumes on stage. There’s a number with Chita Rivera which never made it to the final show, as well as some other scenes which didn’t make the final cut either. You can even hear Bob Fosse stopping the action a few times to give stage directions. (VERY INTERESTING STUFF!) 5-Fiddler On The Roof revival footage with Zero Mostel, recorded from TV. A-
BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES III 1 DVD 1/1/05 PBS telecast, pro-shot, includes Lerner & Loewe medly, My Fair Lady, Juliet Andrews-Camelot, Into the Woods medley with Vanessa Williams & cast, Comedy Tonight with Zero Mostel from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ethel Merman medley, Girl Crazy, Call Me Madam, Gypsy with Ethel Mermain, Ragtime from Ragtime with original cast plus lots
BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES II 1 DVD 1/1/04 PBS BROADCAST, pro-shot, includes Anything Goes with Patti Lupone and company, Juliet Prowse and Chita Rivera Sweet Charity, Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur - Mame, Robert Morse - How To $ucceed Without Really Trying, Richard Kiley - Man of La Mancha, George Hearn and Les Cagelles - La Cage Aux Folles, Colm Wilkinson and company -Les Mis plus lots more classic B'way performers, A
BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES I 1 DVD NYC 1/1/03 Pro-shot, 17 performances such as Joel Grey's Wilkcommen from Cabaret, Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera's All That Jazz from Chicago, A
BROADWAY LOVES THE 80'S 1 DVD 6/13/07 ~ Joe’s Pub, New York City Comedian and VH1 host Mo Rocca hosts Broadway Loves the 80's, a concert held at Joe's Pub, which will benefit the United Nations Association HERO Campaign. The show features a variety of Broadway performers singing their favorite songs from the 1980s; the line-up features Shoshana Bean, Kevin Cahoon, Jenn Colella, Nikki Renee Daniels, Natascia Diaz, Adam Fleming, Ellen Foley, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kate Shindle, Marty Thomas, The Broadway Boys (Jesse Nager, Telly Leung, Tyler Maynard, Peter Matthew Smith, Daniel Calvert, and Michael James Scott), the cast of Awesome 80’s Prom, and three of Rocca's co-stars from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Aaron Albano, Stanley Bahorek, and Jared Gertner. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Crystal clear. DVD has been enhanced to include thumbnail images and chapter stops for all the songs. A
Broadway Musical, In Concert
7/16/17 ~ Feinstein’s 54 Below
Starring, from the ORIGINAL 1978 cast: Gwen Arment, Maris Clement, Michael Kubala, Julia Lema, Larry Marshall, plus Major Attaway, Glory Crampton, Clifton Davis, Sarah Routh Ellis, Jason Graae, Kyle Scatliffe, and Neva Small. Narrated by Steve Felicia. From idealistic playwrights to jaded theatre party ladies, from egotistical stars to meek directors, A Broadway Musical, written by the Tony Award winning team behind Bye, Bye, Birdie, lovingly spoofs all those crazy people who make up that business called "show". In 1964, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams adapted Clifford Odets’ play Golden Boy for Rat Packer, Sammy Davis, Jr. The trials and tribulations of creating Golden Boy became the springboard for Strouse and Adams’ 1978 musical, A Broadway Musical. Despite a fantastic score, and a witty book by The Wiz’s William F Brown, A Broadway Musical closed on its opening night and has not been seen or heard by New York audiences since that fateful performance in 1978. Now, for one night only, Feinstein’s/54 Below takes everyone back to 1978 and give audiences a second chance to hear what only a few got to experience on December 21st, 1978. Filmed using one camcorder on a tripod. A
BROADWAY MUSIC OF LERNER & LOWE TV SPECIAL 1962 1 DVD 60 minutes, vg picture... STARRING JULIE ANDREWS, RICHARD BURTON, ROBERT GOULET AND MAURICE CHEVALIER. JULIE AND BURTON PERFORM SONGS FROM CAMELOT, JULIE PERFORMS SONGS FROM MY FAIR LADY, JULIE, BURTON, & GOULET REUNITE FOR CAMELOT!
BROADWAY SINGS: THE MUSIC OF JULE STYNE 1 DVD PBS ST JAMES THEATER NYC 1987 WITH CAROL CHANNING, CHITA RIVERA, HAL LINDEN, DIAHANN CARROLL, BETTY COMDEM, VIC DAMONE, JACK JONES, JACK KLUGMAN, REX SMITH AND OTHERS - 120 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE
BROADWAY SUMMER PREVIEW 1 DVD Broadcast on WABC-tv in NYC 5/20/13, this half hour behind-the-scenes look at the summer 2013 Broadway season, hosted by Vanessa Williams
BROADWAY THREE GENERATIONS 1 DVD 10/5/08 WASHINGTON DC Shirley Jones, Brooks Ashmanskas, Lisa Brescia, Jenn Colella, Randy Graff, Max von Essen, Ned Eisenberg, Leslie Kritzer, Michael McElroy, Michael Mulheren, Laura Osnes, James Snyder, Bobby Steggert, Kevin Clay. Condensed Versions of Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie and Side Show. Each segment ran about 45 minutes. The cast was top notch and each show was such a joy to watch. Side Show of course stole the show. Beautifully captured and performed. A
BROADWAY WINTER PREVIEW 1 DVD Broadcast on WABC-tv in NYC on 11/23/13, a look at new Broadway openings and interviews
BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS 1 DVD Pro-Shot for CBS Television airing 07/15/06, performed from Central Park 06/26/06 Performances by: Jane Krakowski "Don't Tell Mama," Sutton Foster "You've Got Possibilities," Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison "Tonight," Renee Elise Goldsberry "The Miller's Son," Lee Ann Womack "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," Carolee Carmello "Buenos Aires," Brian d'Arcy James "Oh, What A Circus," Elaine Stritch "Why Do I Love You?," Rebecca Luker "Bill," Anika Noni Rose "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," Shuler Hensley "In Praise of Women," Donna McKechnie "I'm Still Here," Michael Arden "She Loves Me," Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Dominic Nolfi, and J. Robert Spencer "All I Ask Of You," Michael Cerveris "Too Many Mornings," Christine Ebersole "Not A Day Goes By," Manoel Felciano "Old Red Hills Of Home," Bebe Neuwirth "Cabaret." Special Appearance by Liza Minnelli w/ Harold Prince
BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS 1 DVD TV BROADCAST 6/13/05 Brent Barrett, Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris, Raul Esparza, Dan Fogler, Hunter Foster, Victor Garber, Cheyenne Jackson, Marc Kudisch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Radio City Rockettes
BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS 1 DVD Pro shot TV - 2004 Raul Esparza, Christy Carlson-Romano, Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Kenita Miller.
BROKEN BARRIER 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 21 Mar. 6, 1957. Macdonald Carey, Marguerite Chapman, Dick Foran
A Bronx Tale - 5/31/18 ~ Broadway - Chazz Palminteri, Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Hudson Loverro, Rory Max Kaplan, Joseph Sammour, Cary Tedder, Robert Neary. Chazz Palminteri returns to Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the musical based on his solo show that also inspired the 1993 film of the same name. The Oscar nominee takes on the role of Sonny on weekday performances, becoming the first actor to play the same part in a play, film, and stage musical. Nicely filmed from the balcony, with a nice mix of closeups and fuller stage shots for the production numbers. A
A Bronx Tale - 11/14/16 ~ Broadway - Nick Cordero (Sonny), Richard H. Blake (Lorenzo), Bobby Conte Thornton (Calogero), Ariana DeBose (Jane), Lucia Giannetta (Rosina), Bradley Gibson (Tyrone), Hudson Loverro (Young Calogero). "Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be". Well filmed from the balcony, but the balcony railing is visible throughout, blocking the bottom of the frame (usually just the actor’s feet). A
BROOKLYN 1 DVD 11/2/04 ~ Broadway , Kevin Anderson, Cleavant Derricks, Eden Espinosa, Ramona Keller, Karen Olivo. Great video has review from CBS and NY1 & also includes denver press reel, from master. A+
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2 DVD PLAYS IN THE PARK NJ SUMMER 2007 ~ Jonathan Schwartz, Holly Curran, Mike Brennan Pro shot video, A
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 1 DVD - ONCE MORE WITH FEELING "Once More, with Feeling" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) and the only one in the series performed as a musical. It was written and directed by the show's creator, Joss Whedon, and originally aired on UPN in the United States on November 6, 2001.--"Once More, with Feeling" explores changes in the relationships of the main characters, using the plot device that a demon—credited as "Sweet" but unnamed in the episode—compels the people of Sunnydale to break into song at random moments to express hidden truths. The title of the episode comes from a line sung by Sweet; once the characters have revealed their truths and face the consequences of hearing each other's secrets, he challenges them to "say you're happy now, once more, with feeling". All of the regular cast performed their own vocals, although two actors were given minimal singing at their request. "Once More, with Feeling" is the most technically complex episode in the series, as extra voice and dance training for the cast was interspersed with the production of four other Buffy episodes. It was Joss Whedon's first attempt at writing music, and different styles—from 1950s sitcom theme music to rock opera—express the characters' secrets in specific ways. The episode was well received critically upon airing, specifically for containing the humor and wit to which fans had become accustomed. The musical format allowed characters to stay true to their natures while they struggled to overcome deceit and miscommunication, fitting with the sixth season's themes of growing up and facing adult responsibilities.[ It is considered one of the most effective and popular episodes of the series, and—prior to a financial dispute in 2007—was shown in theaters with the audience invited to sing along.
Bullets Over Broadway 1/7/16 ~ Tour NFT until June 30, 2016 - Michael Williams, Emma Stratton, Jeff Brooks, Jemma Jane, Hannah Rose Deflumeri, Michael Corvino, Rick Grossman, Bradley Allan Zarr, Rachel Bahler. A perfect capture of the non-equity tour. Great to see fresh faces on this show. This is shot with no obstruction, no blackouts, and no washout. It’s filmed in 16:9, with a mix of wides, mediums, and close-ups. The sound is excellent. Includes curtain call and playbill scans. A+ (2 Discs)
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY 2 DVD Broadway 3/29/14 Zach Braff, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe, Karen Ziemba, Janet Dickinson (u/s)
BURN THE FLOOR 1 DVD CANBERRA THEATRE AUSTRALIA 1988 The new show - this is Floor Play, ten years in the making, breathtaking, sensual, and ultimately inspiring... widescreen, 103 minutes. Pro shot. This is ballroom dancing in the new millennium. A++
BUS STOP 1 DVD HBO 1982 104 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE, MARGOT KIDDER, TIM MATHESON, PAT HINGLE, CLAUDE AKINS, JOYCE VAN PATTON, BARRY CORBIN AND OTHERS --BASICALLY A TELE PLAY -- This filmed production is based on the Broadway play "Bus Stop" by William Inge which opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on March 2, 1955, ran for 478 performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award for the Best Play.
BUSKER ALLEY 1 DVD TOMMY TUNE SAN FRANCISCO Music and songs by Richard and Robert Sherman from "Mary Poppins." In 1994, Broadway star Tommy Tune became involved in what was now called Busker Alley, and in 1995 he took it on a pre-Broadway national tour that came to an abrupt end two weeks before the scheduled New York opening when he broke his foot performing at the last stop on the tour. For all the turmoil associated with Busker Alley, it comes off as a modest entertainment, even with an excellent cast. Although they are Americans, the Sherman brothers have always had an evident affection for period British settings, and this is another one. One need only recall songs like "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins to have a sense of what their take on the cockney style is. (Of course, the influence of My Fair Lady is apparent.) Numerous "H"s are dropped (one song is even called "Where the 'Ell Is 'Ome?"), and the tunes are singsongy and simple. The score features many songs that might be called "production" or "source" songs, in the sense that they are just presented as songs the buskers sing on the street, although there are also plot songs in which the characters express their thoughts and feelings. Busker Alley will interest musical theater fans and, with Mary Poppins on Broadway, may even attract a real production, but it is not a major work.
9/27/95 ~ Tampa, FL
Tommy Tune, Darcie Roberts, Marcia Lewis, Ronn Kidd, Brent Barrett, Drew Elliot. Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, lyrics by A. J. Carothers. Filmed in Tampa during the final leg of an 11 city pre-Broadway tour. The show was scheduled to open on Broadway on November 16th, 1995 at the St. James Theatre, with previews starting 2 weeks after the show closed it’s 2 week run in Tampa. This was filmed BEFORE Tommy broke his foot, postponing, and then ultimately derailing the Broadway show. In 2007, a concert version of the show was staged, followed by an announcement the show would open on Broadway with Jim Dale in the lead for the 2008/2009 Broadway season. The production was cancelled after the 2007 death of book writer A.J. Carothers and what Variety called "the worsening health of one of the Sherman brothers." In 2015, The Sherman Brothers announced they would like to try again to bring the show to New York, along with another musical entitled "Merry-Go-Round" which would star Florence Henderson in her return to Broadway after more than 50 years. Well filmed, some generational loss. The disc also includes about 25 minutes of Press Reel footage. A-
BUSKER ALLEY 2 DVD TOMMY TUNE BALTIMORE 1995
BUSKER ALLEY 1 DVD TOMMY TUNE WORKSHOP 1995
BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED 1 DVD 7/1/06 – Playwrights Horizons Jill Clayburgh, Luke MacFarlane, Hamish Linklater. Beautifully filmed and crystal clear. A
BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL WORKSHOP 1 DVD 12/6/13 ~ LONDON - Hannah Waddingham, Bronté Barbé, Maria Coyne, Andy Conaghan, Emma Bateman, Adrian Hansel, Shaun Rennie, Philip Labey, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Ian Knauer. Referred to as an "exploratory reading" by director Jerry Mitchell during his introduction, this is the London presentation of the workshop, which had a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival in 2005 (before Mitchell became involved). Featuring book and lyrics by Bill Augustin and music by Andrew Abrams, the musical is based on the cult 1999 motion picture of the same name. The work tells the story of Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who seems to have it all; she's popular, pretty, intelligent, has a football player boyfriend and lives the perfect high school life. But that's all about to change. Her friends and family suspect Megan is a lesbian, and after staging an intervention, send her packing to the "True Directions" rehabilitation camp to put her on the straight and narrow. Here, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown, Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who shows her exactly what her "true direction" is. Filmed using one camera on a tripod.
BUTLEY 1 DVD 10/26/06 ~ Broadway, Revival Nathan Lane, Julian Ovenden, Pamela Gray, Roderick Hill, Darren Pettie, Jessica Stone, Dana Ivey. "Ben Butley, a T.S. Elliot scholar, is having a monumentally bad start to the term. So bad, he’s making sure everyone else has a worse one. Over the course of a day he discovers that his estranged wife is divorcing him for the most boring man in London and, even worse, that his beloved protégé and male lover is leaving him too. Once a brilliant and charismatic professor, Butley suddenly finds his life and relationships self-combusting in a matter of hours. Butley might be going down, but he sure as hell is going down fighting. Employing his trusty arsenal of mischievous irony and gleeful wit, Butley diverts attention from his unraveling life by entangling his students and colleagues in his own dangerous blend of trouble and fun". Disc also includes scanned Playbill information, and NY1 opening night coverage and review, and a complete Theatre Talk episode. A
BUYER AND CELLAR 1 DVD 11/13/13, Off-B'way. Michael Urie, "Buyer and Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs, filmed from what looks like the first or second row so you're kind of looking up at the stage, disc also includes Theatre Talk with Michael Urie and the playwright plus interviews from B'way Showbiz Network. A-
By Alan Bennett 6 DVD - Six Plays 1978/1979 ~ BBC-TV. Alan Bennett is an award-winning dramatist and screenwriter. Among his most recent works includes the Tony winning "History Boys" on Broadway. This series of plays were broadcast on London Weekend Television. They are: 1. "Afternoon Off" (2/3/79, 62 mins.) Directed by Stephen Frears, with Henry Mann, Peter Butterworth, Thora Hird, Anna Massey and Alan Bennett, about a Chinese waiter in a seaside hotel going to meet a potential girlfriend on his afternoon off; 2. "All Day On The Sands" (2/24/79, 65 mins.) Directed by Giles Foster, with Alun Armstrong and Marjorie Yates as a couple who decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Minorca. He has a guilty secret…; 3. "Doris and Doreen" (12/16/78, 73 mins.) Directed by Stephen Frears, with Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Peter Postlethwaite, about two women who are happy working in an obscure, provincial office, but redundancy is in the air...; 4. "Me! I'm Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" (12/2/78, 65 mins.) Directed by Stephen Frears, with Neville Smith, Julie Walters, Frank Middlemass and Thora Hird, about a disenchanted lecturer at a technical college, who is about to turn a corner...; 5. "The Old Crowd" (1979, 61 mins) directed by Lindsay Anderson, with Jill Bennett, Rachel Roberts and Frank Grimes, about a middle class couple who are holding a housewarming party in their new home; 6. "One Fine Day" (2/17/79, 84 mins.) Directed by Stephen Frears, with Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Dominic Guard, about an estate agent with a large office block on his books, which no-one seems to want. Each play is on it’s own separate disc. Never released commercially. A
BY JEEVES Broadway 2 DVD 10/19/01 John Scherer, Martin Davis, Donna Lynne Champlin, Don Stephenson, James Kall, Becky Watson. Filmed during previews, nice video with great clear close-ups and excellent video plus sound. 2 dvds. A
BYE BYE BIRDY 1 DVD BROADWAY 2010 WITH GINA GERSHON AND JOHN STAMOS, pro fan shot, crystal
BYE BYE BIRDIE 1 DVD 1995 TV VERSION - Stars: Jason Alexander, Tyne Daly, Vanessa Williams, Marc Kudisch, George Wendt -- PRO SHOT — EXCELLENT PICTURE
CABARET 1 DVD Broadway Cast 11/20/14 Alan Cumming, Emma Stone, Kristie Dale Sanders as (u/s) Fraulein Schneider, Philip Hoffman as (u/s) Herr Shultz, Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn, Gayle Rankin. Excellent HD capture of the Revival with Emma joining the cast as Sally. She does a dazzling job in the role and very precise in detail. Lovely performances from Kristie and Philip. NEW!
CABARET 2 DVD 3/30/14 ~ Broadway, Revival Leeds Hill (u/s Emcee), Michelle Williams (Sally Bowles), Linda Emond (Fraulein Schneider), Danny Burstein (Herr Schultz), Bill Heck (Clifford Bradshaw), Aaron Krohn (Ernst Ludwig), Gayle Rankin (Fraulein Kost). Nicely filmed from the balcony using a High Definition camcorder
CABARET 1 DVD WEST END, LONDON 11/4/06 (nudity); Anna Maxwell Martin, Michael Hayden, James Dreyfus, Sheila Hancock, Geoffrey Hutchings, Harriet Thorpe, Andrew Maud. A totally different Cabaret then previous ones. Wonderful production. Crystal clear. A+
CABARET 1 DVD 3/29/03 ~ Broadway matinee Neil Patrick Harris, Deborah Gibson, Tom Bosley, Mariette Hartley Digital. Video includes the 2003 Easter Bonnets skit after the show
CABARET 1 DVD NYC 12/5/99 STUDIO 54 HIGHLIGHTS Michael Hall (Emcee), Susan Egan (Sally), Michael Hayden (Cliff), Maureen Moore (Fraulein Schneider), Victoria Clark (Fraulein Kost). First generation, filmed from one of the back tables on the floor. FANTASTIC closeups and color, and unlike most videos of Cabaret, the actors don't end up washed out. This is a different version than the one circulating… it contains "Wilkommen" and a few other songs at the beginning by a cast I can't identify, followed by the Michael C Hall performance… this version includes all of the song "Cabaret", as well as the scene following and a beautifully clear capture of the end of the show. The disc contains 30 minutes of scenes from various other musicals as well… "Cell Block Tango" and "They Both Reached For The Gun" from Chicago, "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde, "If I Can't Have You" from Saturday Night Fever (excellently performed by Orfeh), and "Almost Paradise" from Footloose. I'm not sure who the cast members are in each of these shows.
1987 ~ Broadway, Revival , Joel Grey (Master Of Ceremonies), Alyson Reed (Sally Bowles), Gregg Edelman (Clifford Bradshaw), Werner Klemperer (Herr Schultz), Sharon Lawrence (One of the "Two Ladies" and ensemble). Directed by Hal Prince. The first half hour was filmed from a tripod with sound patched in directly from the sound board, (press Reels) the rest of it appears to be bootlegged footage filmed from the balcony. Very nicely filmed, but some slight generational loss. B+
CAESAR'S WIFE 1 DVD UNSUNG MUSICALS 11/18/13 Pilin Anice, Anastasia Barzee (Jekyll & Hyde), Obie Award winner Donna Bullock (Ragtime, A Class Act), Alicia Charles, Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me if You Can), Drama Desk nominee Kevin Earley (Death Takes A Holiday, Secondhand Lions), Marjorie Failoni, Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde), Drama Desk nominee Garrett Long (South Pacific), Matt Lutz (Bonnie & Clyde), Sarah Kay Marchetti (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Joseph Medeiros (Guys and Dolls), Lizz Picini, Drama Desk nominee Jenny Powers (Donnybrook!, ...It’s Superman), Kirstin Tucker (Cinderella), Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie), Tiffany Westlie, Teal Wicks (Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde) and Michael Williams (Wicked). Concert of Caesar's Wife, features the world premiere of an original score written circa 1969 by Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh (Peter Pan, Little Me). The play is a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the original, unfinished musical that told the real story behind the assassination. Blending live performances with audio clips of the songwriters’ original demo recording as well as original author correspondence, production outlines and authors' notes, this world premiere concert of Caesar's Wife is a unique exploration inside the artistic process of two legendary authors!"
CALAMITY JANE 1 DVD & 1 CD CALAMITY JANE CBS SPECIAL11/12/63 ..CAROL BURNETT excellent picture..CD IS AUDIO RIP....
CALENDAR GIRLS 2 DVD UK Tour - 2011 Cast: Bernie Nolan, Lynda Bellingham, Trudie Goodwin, Lisa Riley, Gwen Taylor, Jennifer Ellison. Quality/Notes: Excellent capture in 16:9 wide-screen of Tim Firth's stage adaption Calendar Girls based on the Miramx film. This cast i superb at bringing a really tightly written script together; they make it shin through great timing with help from a solid director. Clear picture an great sound. Rating: (A)
CALIGULA 1 DVD 4/05 Off-Broadway. Andre De Shields Jeanine Abraham, Cecilia Aderonke, Tory Andrus, Carmen Barika, Donisha Brown, Noshir Dalal. A presentation of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. This new play with music is by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner, and directed by Alfred Preisser. "Caligula takes place on the last night of the famed dictator's life, in his palace where he is stage managing, directing, and starring in one of his famous "entertainments" which test the limits of human intellect and appetite. Caligula, sensing the encroachment of monotheistic religions (Christianity and Judaism) holds a revival meeting in which he attempts to save the world by ushering in a new religion with himself as its principle prophet and god. Caligula's "senate" is a collection of self-appointed showgirls and flunkies who perform his spectacles and indulge his whims and fantasies. As the revival meeting reaches a fever pitch, his "senate" grows weary of being his toys, gain a sense of their power, and, bedecked in the war paint and leather costumes of the barbarian invaders, descend upon him and murder him in mob frenzy." Filmed using one camera on a tripod from the back of the house. Some generational loss. B-.
CAMELOT 1 DVD 6/7/07 MICHAEL YORK, RACHEL YORK Michael York, Rachel York, James Barbour, Daniel Guzman, Eric Anderson, Robert J. Townsend. Beautiful production. Very nicely filmed and crystal clear. DVD has been constructed to include an opening main menu, with thumbnail scene selections for all of the musical numbers. A little shaky for the first minute or two then the filmer settles down for an amazing video. A
CAMELOT 1 DVD NYC 1/1/82 filmed live at the Winter Garden Theatre in NY, Richard Harris, Pro-shot by HBO, A
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD DOCUMENTARY Camera Three: Journey In The Night CBS-TV 1977. An eclectic, long-running cultural series spotlighting (among many other topics) music, theater, dance, cinema, literature and fine food. Hosted by Margaret Croydon, this episode features interviews with George C Scott, Dustin Hoffman, Colleen Dewhurst, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Ted Mann, and Paul Rudd in this documentary on the first 25 years of the Circle in the Square Theater, with staged excerpts from seminal productions of Scott's "Death of a Salesman", Dewhurst's "Mourning Becomes Elektra", Jones’ "Trumpets Of The Lord", and Redgrave's "Lady From the Sea". PRO SHOT - VG PICTURE
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD The Cello 2/8/60 CBS-TV. Exploring the voice of the cello. Hosted by James MacAndrew, with Carlton Sprague Smith, scholar and commentator, and Aldo Parisot (cello), Fernando Valenti (harpsichord), Ward Davenny (piano). Featuring the music of Bach, Graziani, and Debussy. In black and white. 30 minutes. A-
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD Losey, Mekas, Vogel, and Roud 10/4/63 CBS-TV. Joseph Losey, Adolfas Mekas, Amos Vogel and Richard Roud on Camera Three, discussing Losey's "The Servant" and Mekas' "Hallelujah the Hills", both of which were screened at the inaugural New York Film Festival that year. In black and white. 30 minutes. A-
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD Immanuel Velikovsky: Challenging Truths 5/8/64 CBS-TV. Immanuel Velikovsky was a controversial author, his views on astronomical and historical events have been widely rejected by the academic community, despite some of his ideas to be later proven true. His books use comparative mythology and ancient literary sources to argue that Earth suffered catastrophic close contacts with other planets (principally Venus and Mars) in ancient times. In black and white. 30 minutes. A
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD Fiorenza Cossotto 1/4/71 CBS-TV. Fiorenza Cossotto (born April 22, 1935) is an Italian mezzo-soprano. She is considered by many to be one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century. She sings "O vagabonda stella d'oriente" from Cilea’s "Adriana Lecouvreur", "Solo un pianto" from Cherubini’s "Medea" (Medee), and "Voi lo sapete" from Mascagni’s "Cavalleria Rusticana", and others. In black and white. 30 minutes. A-
CAMERA THREE 1 DVD Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber! 3/6/77 CBS-TV. On his 67th birthday a group of musicians who are friends of the eminent composer Samuel Barber gather in his apartment with him and celebrate with performances from his work. Mr. Barber talks about his life and shows photographs illustrating his career. A rare recording of Barber himself singing an excerpt from "Dover Beach" is included. 30 minutes. A-
CAN-CAN 1 DVD CHITA RIVERA 1988 In 1988, Chita would star in an international tour of Can-Can, with Ron Holgate and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, directed by Dallett Norris with choreography by Alan Johnson. This was Chita’s first major tour subsequent to an automobile accident in which she broke her leg. Can-Can proved that Chita was back! The story is set in the year 1893 and tells the tale of La Mome Pistache who is upset about the investigation of her Bal Du Paradis, where the major attraction is the Can-Can. She tries to seduce the highly moral investigating judge Aristide Forestier. The two eventually fall in love and when her case comes to trial, Aristide takes over the defence and wins the acquittal.
CAN CAN 1 DVD 1988 120 MINUTES, NICE CLOSE UPS, VG PICTURE Chita Rivera. Amazingly clear video for it's age. Occasional heads at bottom of screen. Performed "in the round."
CANDIDE 1 DVD 2004 ~ Lincoln Center, New York. Paul Groves, Kristen Chenoweth, Patti Lu Pone with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the New York Philharmonic. A concert performance, without scenery but with costumes, makeup, a bit of dancing, and a lot of acting. Pro shot for PBS. A+
CANDIDE 1 DVD 5/18/97 Broadway Revival Jim Dale, Jason Danieley, Arte Johnson, Andrea Martin, Brent Barrett, Glenda Balkan (u/s Cunegonde), Sal Mistretta.
CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 2002 ~ Chicago, IL , "Cannibal! The Musical is the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America - Alferd Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. And his story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Colorado Territory, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors, including toe-tapping songs!" Music, lyrics and book written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of South Park fame.) A production of Chicago’s Great Beast Theatre Company. Recorded using one camera on a tripod. Rarely done stage show presentation. Includes a little pre-filmed movie which was shown prior to the live show to provide a little background. A-
CANTERVILLE GHOST 1 DVD with Michael Redgrave, douglas fairbanks, natalie schafer, tipp walker, and introducing Peter Noone (herman's hermits) TV Musical FROM ABC SHOW STAGE 67,...color, excellent picture, original commercials, 57 minutes
CANTERBURY TALES 1 DVD GUTHRIE THEATER, MINNEAPOLIS MN 4/24/02 Evan Pappas, Jane Nelson A night out for the whole family? Well, maybe not! The Guthrie Theater's presentation of The Canterbury Tales comes with this warning: "Caution: This production contains butt jokes, fart noises, strong language and adult situations. It is not recommended for children under 15." A night out for the whole family? Well, maybe not! The Guthrie Theater's presentation of The Canterbury Tales comes with this warning: "Caution: This production contains butt jokes, fart noises, strong language and adult situations. It is not recommended for children under 15." In the original version of Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses a storytelling competition among a group of people traveling from Southwark to Canterbury as a method for telling his ribald tales. In director Michael Bogdanov's adaptation, the framework of the telling of the tales has been revised, although the actual tales come directly from Chaucer's text.
1998 ~ Broadway
Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario. Paul Simon’s short-lived Broadway musical, OBC of course (that is the only cast there was!) The audio is GREAT, but there is no zooming and there is significant generation loss in the video. The screen is snowy throughout the entire performance. C-
The Capeman, Press Reels
1998 ~ Broadway
Not the complete show, but rather musical numbers professionally shot for media use. Commonly referred to as "unedited press reels." Counter numbers along bottom of screen. A-
CARDBOARD CASANOVA 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 6 May 26, 1955. Ricardo Montalban, Hillary Brooke, Dick Foran, Lucy Marlow
CARMEN CUSACK 1 DVD AT 54 BELOW 8/11/16 New York. Bright Star Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack makes her solo concert debut! After her time on the West End as Fantine in Les Miserables, Cusack toured as the leading lady of both Wicked and South Pacific. Most recently, she has been moving audiences as Alice Murphy in Bright Star, her Broadway debut! Cusack, who consistently delivers deeply emotional performances, has been widely recognized for her sensitivity to past pains and joys during each moment onstage. She now brings her story to the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage for the very first time! Songs include: "Strong Is The Heart" and "Yes She Did", Daddy" (both cut songs from Bright Star), "If You Knew My Story" (from Bright Star), "I Have You", (cut song from Bright Star), ""A Secret Love", Medley: Think of Me/I Dreamed a Dream/The Wizard and I /Back to Before, "You Don't Know This Man" (from Parade), "Shane" (Original Song), "Way Back In The Day" (from Bright Star), "The Wayfaring Stranger", "Stop", "Lilac Wine", "Sun's Gonna Shine" (from Bright Star), "Middle Lane" (Original Song), "At Long Last" (from Bright Star), "The Story". Beautifully filmed and crystal clear. A
CARNIVAL - ENCORES! 1 DVD 2/9/2002 ~ Broadway. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Douglas Sills, Anne Hathaway. Digital video. Shot from mid-orchestra, only one head to shoot around, great video of a very charming show. A
CARNIVAL 2 DVD 2/02 Anne Hathaway Encores! pro fan shot, vg with slight grain, nice close ups, 140 minutes
CAROL & CHITA 1 DVD 7/98 Beverly, MA. A North Shore Music Theater presentation of a musical revue in two acts starring Carol Channing and Chita Rivera. Each of these show-business legends does her own Vegas /summer-circuit act, appearing in alphabetical order. Performed "in-the-round." The first act belongs to Carol, the second act is all Chita’s. Channing's credits: musical director, Robert Wendel; choreography, Honi Coles; costumes, Bob Mackie. Rivera's credits: writer-director, Fred Ebb; musical director, Greg Dlugos; choreography, Chris Chadman, Wayne Cilento, Ron Field, Lisa Mordente, Chet Walker. Chita’s Boys: Richard Amaro, Lloyd Culbreath, and Richard Montya. Filmed using multiple cameras with sound patched directly into the cameras from the soundboard. Has counter numbers on the bottom of the screen. A.
CAROLINE OR CHANGE 1 DVD THE PLAY 7/24/04 Tonya Pinkins, Anika Noni Rose, Veanne Cox, Chandra Wilson, Chuck Cooper, Larry Keith, Alice Playten. Beautiful video; nice zooms and close-ups and excellent sound, (A)
Carousel - 3/2/18 ~ Broadway, Revival - Joshua Henry (Billy Bigelow), Jessie Mueller (Julie Jordan), Renee Fleming (Nettie Fowler), Lindsay Mendez (Carrie Pipperidge), Alexander Gemignani (Enoch Snow), Amar Ramasar (Jigger Craigin), Brittany Pollack (Louise). Nicely filmed form the balcony with no issues. A
CAROUSEL 1 DVD 4/10/15 ~ Chicago, IL, Steven Pasquale (Billy Bigelow), Laura Osnes (Julie Jordan), Jenn Gambatese (Carrie Pipperidge), Matthew Hydzik (Mr. Snow), Denyce Graves (Nettie Fowler), Jarrod Emick (Jigger Craigin), Charlotte D'Amboise (Mrs. Mullin), Tony Roberts (The Starkeeper). Directed by Rob Ashford, and presented by the Lyric Opera Of Chicago. This is an epic staging of the show, on the grand stage of the Civic Opera House. There are several differences between this version and the original, most notably changing the time period from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s Depression era. Beautifully filmed using a High Definition camcorder. A
CAROUSEL 1 DVD 3/9/94 ~ Broadway, Revival Michael Hayden (Billy Bigelow), Sally Murphy (Julie Jordan), Audra McDonald (Carrie Pipperidge), Eddie Korbich (Enoch Snow), Shirley Verrett (Nettie Fowler), Taye Diggs (Policeman), Brian D’Arcy James (Captain/Hudson Livermore). Some generational loss, but easily the best version of the fantastic Lincoln Center production
1967 ~ Made for TV
Rare find! Robert Goulet, Mary Grover, Pernell Roberts, Marilyn Mason, Linda Howe, Patricia Neway. Pro shot. Great video for it's age. B+
Carousel: "The Dances Of Carousel", with Agnes deMille
RARE! Hosted by Mary Rodgers, with Agnes deMille and Gemze deLappe. Produced for and by The Rogers & Hammerstein corporation to preserve the dances and original choreography of Agnes deMille on film. In 1990 The Nashville Opera Company, with The Nashville Ballet presented Carousel, with direction and recreated original choreography by Gemze deLappe (who was deMIlle’s friend and protégé, and was in the first touring company of the show). The Rogers & Hammerstein corporation decided that after 45 years, this was a perfect opportunity to film the dances as they were originally choreographed for future productions of the show. Prior to this tape, the original deMille dances had never been filmed. (Her choreography wasn’t used in the 1956 film version). This is a RARE piece of theatrical history, and wasn’t meant for public consumption. The tape was found at an Estate sale, and was marked "The Dances Of Carousel", and was purchased out of sheer curiosity. Doing some research, it seems the tape is available for viewing only (you aren’t allowed to check it out) at The New York Public Library, and comes with the following description: "Agnes deMille and Gemze deLappe analyze and discuss choreographic and dramatic aspects of three dances from the musical Carousel: the dance following the song "June is Bustin' Out All Over", the hornpipe "Blow High, Blow Low," and the Act II ballet ("Louise On The Beach" AKA "The Carousel Ballet"). Each dance is performed in full by members of the Nashville Ballet, in costume onstage to piano accompaniment, and excerpts of the dances are shown to illustrate points made by deMille and deLappe in a dance studio. deLappe and Michael Phillips also demonstrate key movements and phrases in the studio, in practice clothes. The discussion also covers Miles White's costumes for the original production of Carousel in 1945, as well as Jane Greenwood's costumes for the Nashville revival. deMille reminisces about the memorable performances of Annabelle Lyon and Bambi Linn, who respectively created the roles of Hannah and Louise; she also recalls deLappe's interpretation of Louise. In conclusion, deLappe describes the dance and dramatic qualities she seeks in casting dancers for revivals of the musical". Total runtime is about an hour and 16 minutes. Some slight generational loss, but converted to DVD directly from the original VHS tape. A
Carrie, The Musical
10/10/13 ~ Seattle, WA
Alice Ripley (Margaret White), Keaton Whittaker (Carrie White), Kendra Kassebaum (Miss Gardner), Larissa Schmitz (Sue Snell), Kody Bringman (Tommy Ross), Tessa Archer (Chris Hargensen). Based on the revised Off-Broadway version, and presented at the Balagan Theatre. This was recorded at the final run-through prior to opening night, so there are a few "holds" as they worked out the kinks: -After "Evening Prayers" there is a hold to change all microphone batteries, resulting in most of the song being run a second time (the sound check was removed and put as a bonus at the end of act two); -During the scene where Carrie is getting ready for the prom a microphone made a "farting" noise and Alice grabbed her butt and said "sorry" which made the cast and tech crew laugh; -The first attempt at dumping the blood on Carrie didn’t work, for the second attempt, it got into Keaton’s eyes, which resulted in Louis Hobson (the show’s director and Alice’s Next To Normal co-star) to come up on stage; -Alice didn’t have the rubber prop knife for the end, she had a real knife- so she mocked stabbing Carrie. Despite these run through glitches, this is a fantastic production. Well filmed with a nice mix of close-ups and full stage shots and no obstructions. A
CARRIE 1 DVD 2/4/12 ~ Off-Broadway NYC Marin Mazzie, Molly Ranson, Christy Altomare, Carmen Cusack, Jenanna De Waal, Derek Klena, Ben Thompson
CARRIE 1 DVD 2011 Off-Broadway Revival (with Marin Mazzie, Molly Ranson)
Carrie, The Musical
Date Unknown ~ Boston, MA
RARE! A production of Emerson College in Boston, MA. The musical version of Carrie was one of Broadway's biggest flops. It cost $8 million to produce in 1988 (which at the time was an enormous amount of money), and it just ran for 5 performances. The show transferred from London, where it didn't do much better. It was such a dissapointment and embarresment for the shows writers, Lawrence D. Cohen, Dean Pitchford, and Michael Gore that they vowed they would not allow the show to be performed again. In 1999, the Stagedoor Manor theater camp in upstate New York staged their own version of Carrie. With amateur performing rights never having been released for the show, this was an illegal, unlicensed production. Much to the surprise of all involved, Michael Gore was in the audience at one of the performances. While he castigated Stagedoor for producing the musical without permission, having enjoyed seeing the show with its re-worked ending, he allowed the run to be completed (two performances). They ONLY exception they made for allowing the show to be performed was at Emerson College in Boston. To date, bootlegged videos of the London version, the Broadway version and the Stagedoor version have surfaced and have been circulating. The Emerson College version had never been found...until now! Nicely filmed using one camera in the back of the house. Some slight generational loss-but nothing too bad. B
Carrie, The Musical
1999, Stage Door Manor
Complete show! This musical is rare to find in any form, but here it is, put over by a youthful and enthusiastic cast. The haunting music and story have made this a cult favorite. B
CASABLANCA IN CONCERT 1 DVD 2005 ACTORS FUNDRAISING BENEFIT — SCRIPT READ. Anne Heche, Christian Slater, Andre De Shields, Thora Birch, Michael York, henry gibson AND OTHERS —— CRYSTAL PICTURE
CASE OF THE DEAD FLAMINGO DANCER 1 DVD PHILIP BOSCO, CAROLEE CARMELLO BENEFIT CONCERT 8/6/90
2001 ~ Pennsylvania
Chita Rivera. This RARE video features clips from the Pennsylvania tryout put together by the producers trying to raise some money. I found this review, and thought it was hilarious: "Casper The Musical Stinks Up The Music Hall. Based on our childhood memories of the cartoon series, we thought Casper The Friendly Ghost was about life after death, not the messy business of dying. This summer's four city tour crawled into Dallas with vital signs barely registering and proceeded to meet a very long, noisy, smelly demise. Writers David Bell and Stephen Cole did a major overhaul from the show's disastrous 13 week London premiere, adding a scenery-chewing role that Broadway legend Chita Rivera stepped into between gigs. The subplot about reality based TV shows and the World Wide Web is laughable and painful at the same time." About 20 minutes of musical highlights. B
CASTING BY 1 DVD HBO Documentary on casting directors featuring Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Al Pacino, Glenn Close, Ed Asner, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Taylor Hackford, Diane Lane, Buck Henry, Oliver Stone, more PLUS BIG INTERVIEW one hour AXS.TV interview with Aaron Sorkin PLUS SUNSET STRIP documentary on the history of the L.A. Strip with Peter Fonda, Hugh Hefner, Kenneth Anger, Lou Adler, Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger, Sofia Coppola, Billy Corgan, Edd Byrnes, the band X, Gerry Beckley, Dan Aykroyd, Perry Farell, Mick Fleetwood, Kim Fowley, Pamela Des Barres, Johnny Depp, Bob Denver, Cherie Currie, Tommy Lee, Lemmy, Richard Lewis, Dave Navarro, Courtney Love, Keaunu Reeves, the Osbournes, Mickey Rourke, Neil Sedaka, Ratt, Stephen Stills, Sharon Stone, more
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF 1 DVD 1/1/13 ~ Broadway, Revival Scarlett Johansson, Benjamin Walker, Ciaran Hinds, Debra Monk, Emily Bergl, Tanya Birl, Will Cobbs, Jordan Dean, Vin Knight, Michael Park, Brian Reddy, Lance Roberts, Cherene Snow. Written by Tennessee Williams. Nicely filmed, mostly in medium stage shots with few close-ups. A
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
10/16/03 Broadway Revival
Ned Beatty, Ashley Judd, Jason Patric. Occasional heads in the way. Filmed from the Orchestra. B
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF 1 DVD 1984 TV SPECIAL JESSICA LANGE, TOMMY LEE JONES, RIP TORN AND OTHERS - 145 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE
CATCH AT STRAWS 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 34 Oct. 3, 1956. Ray Milland, Virginia Gibson, Eddie Foy Jr., Kerwin Mathews
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 1 DVD B'way, 4/27/11, Aaron Tveit (Frank Abagnale, Jr.), Norbert Leo Butz (Agent Carl Hanratty), Tom Wopat (Frank Abagnale, Sr.), Kerry Butler (Brenda), Joe Cassidy (Agent Branton), Rachel de Benedet (Paula Abagnale), Linda Hart (Carol Strong), Timothy McCuen Piggee (Agent Cod), Brandon Wardell (Agent Dollar), Nick Wyman (Roger Strong), Rachelle Rak (Cheryl Ann),
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 1 DVD Seattle, WA 8/15/09 Aaron Tveit (Frank Abagnale, Jr.), Norbert Leo Butz (Carl Hanratty), Tom Wopat (Frank Abagnale, Sr.), Kerry Butler (Brenda Strong), Rachel De Benedet (Paula Abagnale), Felicia Finley (Cheryl Ann. A little different than the earlier version listed above as the show is tweaked and is changing on its way to Broadway. Occasional blackouts and occasional heads in the frame. Some shakiness here and there. Widescreen. A-
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 1 DVD Seattle, WA 8/4/09 Aaron Tveit (Frank Abagnale, Jr), Norbert Leo Butz (Carl Hanratty), Tom Wopat (Frank Abagnale, Sr), Kerry Butler (Brenda Strong), Rachel De Benedet (Paula Abagnale), Felicia Finley (Cheryl Ann). Filmed during the previews. Nicely filmed, and a great capture of the show. A
CATS 1 DVD Chicago 9/13/05 25th Anniversary Tour; Esther Stilwell (Grizabella), Derek Hanson (Munkustrap), Drew Little (Skimbleshanks); Excellent capture. Crystal clear picture, great sound. Best Cats out there. Amazing showmanship. A
CATS 1 DVD 1998 ~ Television Production / Commemorative Edition Recorded with a 100-piece orchestra, featuring Elaine Page, Sir John Mills, and original members of the U.S. and British casts. Features a new song written exclusively for the video release. Pro-shot for television.
CELEBRITY 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 13 Mar. 17, 1955 Dennis Morgan, Joanne Dru, Richard Eyer
CELINE DION 1 DVD A NEW DAY Las Vegas 7/30/09
Chalk Garden 1 DVD Staged Reading 6/19/17 New York. Angela Lansbury, Tedra Millan, Patricia Connolly, Michele Tauber, Holly Villaire, Francesca Faridany, Simon Jones, David Lansbury, Charlotte Parry. Angela Lansbury lead this one-night-only staged reading to benefit The Acting Company at Hunter College’s Kay Playhouse. The Chalk Garden premiered on Broadway in 1955. "After many younger years as a London society hostess, Mrs. Saint Maugham (Lansbury) fills her days tending her garden at her country estate. When she seeks a governess for her granddaughter, Laurel (whose habit of setting small fires is getting a bit out of hand) the child connects instantly with Miss Madrigal, an enigmatic woman who has come without any references. Who, exactly, is this Madrigal? With a talent for gardening and avoiding questions, she fascinates the equally inscrutable Laurel, who can never resist a mystery...especially if it might involve murder". In June of 2016, Lansbury announced her intention to bring the show to Broadway with producer Scott Rudin. The project had long been in development, as Lansbury had also said in a 2013 radio interview that she was aiming to headline a production later that fall. Nicely filmed from the balcony with no issues. The actors are in street clothes, holding their scripts, with no set and minimal staging. A
CHAPLIN 1 DVD 8/22/12 BROADWAY - ROB MCCLURE, ERIN MACKEY, JENN COLELLA, CHRISTINE NOLL --STORY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN --SPANS ENTIRE CAREER --LIKE THE MOVIE -- AS A CHILD IN 19TH CENTURY LONDON - TO HIS TEARFUL ACCEPTANCE OF A HONORARY ACADAMY AWARD IN 1972
Date Unknown ~ Los Angeles
Anthony Newley, Andrea Marcovicci. Filmed through the House Camera. Pre Broadway tryout. B
CHARACTER MAN 1 DVD 2/10 Off-Broadway "Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour) puts his stamp on an original musical valentine to the Great White Way. Character Man is a salute to the memorable character actors of Broadway, filled with hilarious theatre stories and touching personal recollections. Sprinkled with juicy backstage lore, the show spotlights the careers of Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Barney Martin and Brochu’s own mentor, two- time Tony Award winner David Burns. Character Man delivers the iconic songs of ground-breaking composers including Meredith Wilson, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and Stephen Sondheim and celebrates the Golden Age of the American Musical". Presented by Urban Stages. Well filmed. A.
CHARLIE AND ALGERNON 1 DVD BROADWAY 9/12/80 P.J. Benjamin, Matthew Duda A medical experiment attempts to turn a brain-damaged man into a genius in this musical adaptation of Daniel Keyes' novel Flowers for Algernon and the film based on it.
Charley’s Aunt, BBC Play Of The Month
11/23/69 ~ BBC-TV
Danny La Rue (Lord Fancourt Babberly), Ronnie Barker (Stephen Spettigue), Coral Browne (Donna Lucia D’alvadorez), Dinsdale Landen (Charley Wykeham), John Standing (Jack Chesney), Robert Coote (Col. Sir Francis Chesney). "Charley Wykeham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney". Produced for television for BBC’s Play Of The Month. Some generational loss. A-
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
8/13 ~ London
Douglas Hodge, Nigel Planer, Clive Carter, Jasna Ivir, Billy Boyel, Isaac Rouse, Regan Stokes, Elle Simons, Jade Johnson, Luca Toomey. Music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, and Smash), directed by Sam Mendes. Filmed from the front row of the balcony, so there’s no obstruction. Recorded mostly in a full stage shot-no zooms. A little dark (especially in the first act) due to stage lighting. Sound is a little distorted, but nothing too bad. The show is visually stunning, but critics have complained about the music and the book. Although nothing has been announced, the producers are hoping to bring the show to New York for the 2015/2016 Broadway season. B+
3/28/57 ~ CBS-TV
Art Carney, Orson Bean, Richard Haydn, Venetia Stevenson, Jackie Coogan, Jeanette MacDonald, Tom Tryon. Broadcast live as part of CBS’ Playhouse 90 television series. Complete with original commercials. In black and white. A-
1982 ~ Off-Broadway
Merle Louise, Jeff Keller, Michael McCormick, Timothy Landfield, Polly Pen, Mara Beckerman, Lynn Eldredge, Christopher Seppe. RARE! "Set in Victorian England, CHARLOTTE SWEET spotlights Charlotte, a girl with one of the highest & most beautiful soprano voices in the world. Because of her father's debts, she is forced to leave Ludlow Ladd (her Liverpool sweetheart) and join Barnaby Bugaboo's Circus of Voices: a troupe of freak voices including low-voiced Katinka Bugaboo, fast-voiced Harry Host, bubble-voiced Cecily Macintosh, and Skitzy Scofield (with dual personalities & voices). Becoming the troupe's biggest sensation, Charlotte is mercilessly exploited by Barnaby until she has a vocal breakdown. Thereupon, Barnaby & his wife Katinka addict Charlotte to helium balloons in order to maintain her high notes. Only Ludlow Ladd can rescue her—in a scene full of surprises". Some generational loss. Very nicely filmed from the back of the house-it seems like it was filmed with the permission of the producers. New York
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CHER 1 DVD HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR 9/20/18 Brisbane, Australia. Cher returns to Australia after a 13-year absence with her "Here We Go Again" tour. Among her songs are "This Is A Woman’s World", "Believe", "If I Could Turn Back Time", "Strong Enough", "I Found Someone", "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "The Beat Goes On", "Half Breed", "I Got You Babe", "Fernando", "Here We Are Again", and others. Well filmed, but heads appear in the bottom third of the frame. A-
THE CHER SHOW - 7/13/18 ~ Chicago, IL, Pre-Broadway -Stephanie J. Block (Star), Teal Wicks (Lady), Micaela Diamond (Babe), Emily Skinner (Georgia Holt), Jarrod Spector (Sonny Bono), Michael Berresse (Bob Mackie/Robert Altman/Frank), Michael Campayno (Rob Camilletti/Lee), Matthew Hydzik (Gregg Allman/John Southall). Beautifully filmed, with no issues. A
9/10 ~ UK Tour, Newcastle
James Fox (Freddie Trumper), Shona White (Florence Vassy), Daniel Koek (Anatoly Sergievsky), Poppy Tierney (Svetlana Sergievsky), David Erik (The Arbiter), James Graeme (Walter De Courcey), Steve Varnom (Alexander Molokov). Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical, which sort of has a gothic/punk feel to it. This critically acclaimed production has the actors playing their own instruments onstage (similar to the Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company). Very nicely filmed. Disc has been enhanced with an opening menu, and chapter stops for all the songs. A
CHESS IN CONCERT 1 DVD ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON 1/1/09 ~ PBS-TV - Idina Menzel (Florence), Adam Pascal (Frederick Trumper), Josh Groban (Anatoly Sergievsky), Kerry Ellis (Svetlana), David Bedella (Molokov), Clarke Peters (Walter) Marti Pellow (The Arbiter). "Recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2008, this spectacular Chess In Concert - introduced by Rice and with the 50- piece City of London Philharmonic and 100-voice West End Chorus - finally fulfills the promise of the popular cult musical." Letterboxed. A
CHESS 1 DVD 5/12/08
CHESS 1 DVD Actors Fund BCEFA Concert 9/23/01; Actual performance. Julia Murney, Adam Pascal, Josh Groban, Raul Esparza, Norm Lewis, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Sutton Foster. Pro video of the one night only Actors Fund Benefit Concert. A+
CHESS IN CONCERT 1 DVD NYACK NY 8/11/01 Brain D’Arcy James, Lauren Kennedy, Rob Evan, Julia Murney, Danny Zokki, Norm Lewis. Some wash out. Nice close-ups. A-
CHICAGO 7/5/15 ~ Broadway 2 DVD Brandy Norwood, Amra-Faye Wright, Ivan Hernandez, Raymond Bokhour, NaTasha Yvette Williams, R. Lowe. Excellent HD capture of Brandy Norwood joining the cast as Roxie. Everything is nicely captured, a few minor and quick parts to the extreme far right can be blocked a few times. Brady did an excellent job in the role and was really giving a solid performance! A-
CHICAGO 2 DVD 7/26/13 HOLLYWOOD BOWL Ashlee Simpson, Samantha Barks, Stephen Moyer, Drew Carey , menu with scene / song select, pro fan shot, 120 minutes,
5/12/07 ~ Milwaukee, WI, Tour
Terra C. MacLeod (Velma Kelly), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Tom Wopat (Billy Flynn), Kevin Neil McCready (Fred Casely), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), R. Bean (Mary Sunshine). Beautifully filmed and crystal clear. A
CHICAGO 1 DVD 7/30/06 - BROADWAY - RITA WILSON, BRENDA BRAXTON, JOSH RHODES, KEVIN CHAMBERLIN, ROB LOWE
11/23/05 ~ US Tour, Chicago
Paige Davis (Trading Spaces,) Tom Wopat, Brenda Braxton, Carol Woods. Crystal clear! Best version of Chicago I have seen! A
9/17/05 ~ Broadway
Brooke Shields, Luba Mason, Christopher McDonald, Debra Monk. Clear, very nicely filmed video. A-
Children Of Eden
Date Unknown ~ Wichita, KS
Nicholas F Saverine, Nedra Dixon, Seth Swoboda. Another amazing, professional production of The Music Theatre of Wichita. Includes footage shot backstage during a performance. Very well filmed using a tripod and soundboard. A
7/31/11 ~ Chicago, IL Pre-Broadway
Jennifer Lim, Stephen Pucci, James Waterston, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Johnny Wu, Larry Zhang. Written by David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly"). "An American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm. He soon discovers that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners—and call into question even the most basic assumptions of human conduct". The show is performed in both English and Mandarin (with English subtitles). Beautifully filmed and crystal clear with few obstructions. Recorded at the final performance before the production moved to Broadway. A
Chita Rivera At Feinstein’s
11/6/07 ~ New York
Recorded at the opening night show of Chita’s sold out 2 week run at Feinstein’s At The Loew’s Regency. Songs include: "I Won’t Dance/Let Me Sing", "Put On A Happy Face", "Sweet Happy Life/Mas Que Nada", "I Don’t Remember You", "Chief Cook And Bottle Washer", "Sweet Charity Medley", "Camille, Colette, Fifi", "Not Exactly Paris", "A Boy Like That/America", "Love And Love Alone", "More Thank You Know", "A Woman The World Has Never Seen", "Nowadays", "The Secret Of Us/Here’s To Us", "All That Jazz", and "Circle Of Friends". Filmed using one camera on a tripod, with audio patched directly in. The disc also includes interviews with Chita, and some of the celebrities who attended the show including Ann Reinking, Raul Esparza, Bebe Neuwirth, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. A
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG 1 DVD 2/2010 ~ UK Tour Darren Bennett, Katie Ray, John Griffiths,Edward Peel, Kim Ismay, Dean Maynard. An excellent capture in 16:9 wide-screen of this fantastic production. One of the best captures of the show with a magnificent cast. A+
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
4/16/05 ~ Broadway
Raul Esparza, Philip Bosco, Erin Dilly, Chip Zien. Filmed during previews. Excellent video, shot from the balcony. A
CHOCOLATE SOLDIER 1 DVD tv 6/4/55 (Max Liebman Theater) (w/ Eddie Albert & Akim Tamiroff)
CHORUS LINE 1 DVD 10/5/08 ~ Boston, MA. Nikki Snelson, Michael Gruber, Clyde Alves, John Carroll, Emily Fletcher, Stephanie Gibson, Natalie Elise Hall, Derek Hanson, Hollie Howard, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Denis Lambert, Sterling Masters, Ian Liberto, Pilar Millhollen, Colt Prattes, Gabrielle Ruiz, Kevin Santos, Anthony Wayne, Jessica Wu. Final Boston performance filmed from house left at a slight angle, but no head obstructions; three coverups due to late seating; no blackouts / obstructions, not even during applause. Good clear sound and nice picture throughout. A
CHORUS LINE 8/17/08 ~ Broadway. Final Broadway Performance. Mario Lopez, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Deidre Goodwin, Nick Adams, Todd Anderson, Tommy Berklund, Mike Cannon, Natalie Cortez, Jenifer Foote, James T. Lane, Paul McGill, Heather Parcells, Adam Perry, Jeffrey Schecter, Eric Sciotto, Will Taylor, Katherine Tokarz. Starts near the end of the audition and everything is pretty well captured. A-
CHORUS LINE 1 DVD 10/15/06 ~ Broadway Revival , Michael Berresse, Charlotte d'Amboise, Deidre Goodwin, Brad Anderson, Natalie Cortez,
CHORUS LINE 1 DVD 9/30/06 ~ Broadway Revival. Ken Alan, Brad Anderson, Michelle Aravena, David Baum, Michael Berresse, E. Clayton Cornelious, Natalie Cortez, Charlotte D'Amboise, Mara Davi, Joey Dudding, Lyndy Franklin, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Deidre Goodwin, Tyler Hanes, Nadine Isenegger, James T. Lane, Paul McGill, Heather Parcells, Alisan Porter, Jeffrey Schecter, Yuka Takara, Jason Tam, Grant Turner, Chryssie Whitehead, Tony Yazbeck. Picture not the sharpest, but still wonderful. A-
CHORUS LINE 1 DVD THE PLAY BUFFALO 4/13/02 Ashley Adamek, Renee Bonadio, Paul Buschman, Stephanie Fredricks, John Arthur Greene, Michael Kennedy Choreographed and directed by OBC member Mitzi Hamilton excellent video and great sound and zooms A-
CHORUS LINE 1 DVD 1975 ~ Public Theatre. Original Broadway Cast filmed prior to moving to Broadway. Pro shot, using multiple cameras. Black and White, and extremely faded, with much generational loss.
CRIPPLE OF INISHMAN 2 DVD 2014 ~ Broadway, Revival Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Greene, Conor MacNeill, Gillian Hanna, Ingrid Craigie, June Watson, Pat Short, Padraic Delaney, Gary Lilburn Filmed from what looks to be about the 8th row from the stage, so you're kind of looking up at the stage. Mostly a full stage shot, but very clear and crisp
CHRISTINE EBERSOLE 1 DVD IN CONCERT WITH BILLY STRITCH EMELIN THEATRE MAMARONECK NY 4/12/08
CHRISTMAS CAROL 1 DVD NYC 12/30/01 ~ New York Patrick Stewart, Great video of solo show A
CHRISTMAS CAROL 1 DVD MSG IN NYC 11/25/94 A Madison Square Garden, New York Walter Charles Recorded from the second row, so although it's well filmed, you are looking up at the stage. B
A Christmas Story, The Musical
11/8/12 ~ Broadway
Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly, Johnny Rabe, Zac Ballard, Caroline O'Connor, Joe West, Tia Altinay, John Babbo, Charissa Bertels, Grace Capeless, Zoe Considine, Andrew Cristi, Mathew deGuzman, Thay Floyd, George Franklin, Nick Gaswirth, Eddie Korbich, Mark Ledbetter. Well filmed from the back of the balcony of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Nice mix of close-ups and full stage shots. Crystal clear. A
A Christmas Story, The Musical
11/7/12 ~ Broadway
Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly, Johnny Rabe, Zac Ballard, Caroline O'Connor. Nicely filmed from the balcony using a high definition camcorder, at the opening night performance. Heads appear in the bottom of the frame during the wide shots. A
Christmas Story, The Musical
11/27/10 ~ Seattle, WA
Clarke Hallum (Ralphie), John Bolton (The Old Man), Anne Allgood (Mother), Matthew Lewis (Randy), Frank Corrado (Jean Shepherd), Carol Swarbrick (Miss Shields), Dexter Johnson (Flick), River Aguirre (Schwartz), Radio Quartet: Jadd Davis, Candice Donehoo, Brandon O'Neill, Billie Wildrick. "Based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story The Musical, chronicles the young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams: A Red Ryder Action Air BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between young Ralphie and his Christmas wish." The success of this world premier presentation at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, inspired a 5 city U.S. tour, and the musical will be making it’s Broadway debut in November of 2012.The film's original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, is among the producers of the production. An occasional black out here and there, but nothing major. Heads appear in the frame throughout but rarely get in the way of the action. This is a great show! A-
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRAWFORDS 1 DVD SAN FRANCISCO Hedda Lettuce Christmas with the Crawfords takes place on Christmas Eve, 1944, and Joan Crawford has recently been "fired" from MGM because they consider her "box office poison" (which was true). Ms. Crawford is up for the lead in the Warner Bros. film Mildred Piece, but horror upon horror, she must take a screen test first (this was also true). "I have never had a screen test in my life!" she explodes. Joan needs to rebuild her public relations, so her friend Hedda Hopper (Drew Scott) decides to broadcast her live show from the star's Brentwood mansion with Joan and kids (Jef Valentine and David Bicha) in tow. Jack Warner is also coming over to discuss the film right after the broadcast. During the live broadcast, celebrity visitors who apparently have lost their way en route to the big Gary Cooper party next door, come dropping in at the house. To make matters worse, Joan is quite piqued that she has been omitted from her neighbor's guest list. Among the guests who take over the spotlight to sing their favorite holiday songs are the Andrews Sisters , Judy Garland , Gloria Swanson , Hattie McDaniel carrying her Oscar , Carmen Miranda and Ethel Merman . Joan's "roommate," a frightening Baby Jane Hudson (Matthew Martin), is also present carrying a covered dish, which contains what else but a rodent. Hedda Lettuce gives a frightening version of the star and contorts her face to express several emotions such as a fake sadness, a huffy attitude and an evil look toward the two "children."
CHRYSLER THEATER 1 DVD BOB HOPE PRESENTS CHRYSLER HEATER FREE OF CHARGE 1967 (John Cassavetes, Diane Baker, Ben Gazzara, Suzy Parker) PLUS Chrysler Theatre. During World War II, a young pilot (Robert Reed) clashes with his admiral father (Robert Young). Doran: Warren Stevens. Benton: Don Marshall. Henshaw: John Lodge. Staunton: Russ Conway. Russo: Sal Ponti.
CHRYSLER THEATER 1 DVD BOB HOPE PRESENTS CHRYSLER THEATER TERROR ISLAND Island 1965 (Ginger Rogers, Katherine Ross).
CHU-CHEM 1 DVD BROADWAY 1988 Emily Zacharias, Mark Zeller A scholar and his daughter journey to Kaifeng Fu, China, for traces of the Jewish immigrants who settled there 800 years earlier. While they are there, a prince falls for the daughter, but she refuses to become part of his traditional harem.
12/21/14 ~ Chicago, IL, Tour
Paige Faure, Andy Jones, Beth Glover, Kecia Lewis, David Andino, Aymee Garcia, Blake Hammond, Ashley Park. Nicely filmed from the back of the Orchestra, so the filmer is at the same level as the stage. (The character Gabrielle falls during the finale, and during her curtain call, Paige Faure brings out a newspaper to reference Disney’s other touring show Newsies, is also in Chicago). A
CINDERELLA 2 DVD 4/17/14 ~ Broadway. Carly Rae Jepsen, Fran Drescher, Victoria Clark, Joe Carroll, Peter Bartlett, Todd Buonopane, Stephanie Gibson, Ann Harada. Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions. Carly and Fran were wonderful in the roles and really gave them their own touch! Great to see the show still in wonderful shape. A
CINDERELLA 2 DVD 2013 Broadway Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Peter Bartlett, Ann Harada, Greg Hildreth, Marla Mindelle. A nice HD capture of this classic show, with this being the first time having appeared on Broadway! Really a top notch cast and a beautiful production, nicely staged! A-
CINDERELLA 2 DVD 3/13/13 Broadway. Laura Osnes (Ella), Santino Fontana (Topher), Phumzile Sojola (Lord Pinkleton), Peter Bartlett (Sebastian), Victoria Clark (Marie), Greg Hildreth (Jean-Michel), Harriet Harris (Madame), Marla Mindelle (Gabrielle), Ann Harada (Charlotte). Nicely filmed. A few short blackouts, and one head visible in the shot (mostly only during "There’s Music In You"), otherwise overall a nice video capture. A
CINDERELLA 1 DVD 11/12/05 ~ Papermill Playhouse. Angela Gaylor and Paolo Montalban. Nice production and performances. Shot around some heads and a minor cover-up during the beginning of Act 2. Great picture and sound. A-
CINDERELLA 1 DVD November 2004 at Lincoln Center; Stars: Sarah Uriarte Berry (Cinderella), Christopher Sieber (Prince), Eartha Kitt (Fairy Godmother), Lypsinka (Wicked Stepmother), Lea DeLaria & Ana Gasteyer (Stepsisters), Renee Taylor (Queen), Dick Van Patten (King). Excellent Picture & Sound. TRT: 1:33 PRO FAN SHOT - EXCELLENT PICTURE
CINDERELLA 1 DVD US TOUR 2001, Eartha Kitt, Debbie Gibson, 100 minutes, pro fan shot, vg picture
11/14/95 ~ New York City Opera
Sally Ann Howes (Fairy Godmother), Jean Stapleton (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Rebecca Baxter (Cinderella), Jane Powell (Queen), George S. Irving (King), George Dvorsky (Prince). This is the Rogers and Hammerstein version of the show during it’s limited run with New York City Opera. Well filmed from the balcony. Some slight generational loss. A-
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: KOOZA 1 DVD 2007 ~ Pro-Video "Kooza is a touring circus production by Cirque du Soleil which premiered in Montréal, Canada, in 2007. Stéphane Roy designed Koozå's stage to evoke a public square that changes into a circus ring. The sight lines for the audience is quite grand, up to 260 degrees. The stage has one major component, a traveling tower dubbed the "bataclan." The decoration for the bataclan is inspired by Hindu culture, Pakistani buses and Indian jewelry. The large fabric structure behind the bataclan is organic in nature, as it's printed with a motif resembling the internal structure of leaves. As for the stage itself, the surface is decorated to look like the night sky. The center ring itself has a graphic representation of the night sky in Montréal the day which the show premiered". A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO 1 DVD 2006 ~ Pro-Video "A grand procession and festive parade imagined by a clown with awesome acrobatics. A theatrical world of comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. Corteo reveals the strength and fragility of a clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us". About an hour and 40 minutes. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LA NOUBA 1 DVD 2004 ~ Pro-Video La Nouba is a Cirque du Soleil show, which, like most Cirque du Soleil shows, is a circus-like performance featuring acrobats, gymnasts, and other skilled performers. The show's creation was directed by Franco Dragone, who also directed most of Cirque du Soleil's earlier shows. Its title derives from the French phrase faire la nouba, meaning "to party" or "to live it up". La Nouba is in permanent residence in a custom-built, freestanding theater at Downtown Disney's West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 90 minutes. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: MIDNIGHT SUN 1 DVD 2004 Join Cirque du Soleil for their spectacular 20th anniversary celebration. Montreal's St. Catherine Street sets the stage for an enchanted evening of entertainment as an audience of 200,000 attend the street party festivities and thrill at Cirque du Soleil's unprecedented tour de force "Midnight Sun," a three-stage circus extravaganza with a cast of 250. The show features special appearances by Youssou N'Dour, Jorane and Daniela Mercury. Filmed for Canadian TV. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: VAREKAI 1 DVD 2003 ~ Canadian TV Icarus is the main character of Varekaï, who falls to the ground, breaking his legs as he does. He is suddenly in a strange, new world full of creatures he has never seen before. "Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered." Assisted by the strange and quirky La Vigie, he works on regaining his strength and finding his way, his desire being to fly again. While on the ground, he meets The Betrothed, an underground, insect-like creature who he falls in love with. The two have barely met when she is kidnapped. Having already lost his love, Icarus must also find a way to see her again and conquer the obstacles in his path, continuing his quest through Varekaï. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: FIRE WITHIN 3 DVD 2002 ~ Bravo-TV The 2003 winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Program (Alternative), this 13-episode television series offers an intimate look into the dreams, trials and aspirations of a core group of performers involved in the creation and launch of Varekaï, the live production from Cirque du Soleil. Complete 13 episode series. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: JOURNEY OF MAN 1 DVD 2000 Like all Cirque du Soleil productions, Journey of Man is a showcase for transcendent beauty and astonishing physical achievement. Originally produced as a 3-D IMAX presentation, this 39-minute film remains impressive on smaller screens. Acclaimed by an audience of over 23 million worldwide, Cirque du Soleil is a distinctive and remarkable troupe that has reinvented and revolutionized the circus arts. Journey of Man is a breathtaking odyssey that follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each stage presented by a Cirque du Soleil act. The signature Cirque du Soleil celebration of color, light, music, and costume combines with a backdrop of various natural and historical landmarks around the world, creating a triumph of artistry beyond compare. From the opening explosion of light and sound that represents the universe's formation, Cirque du Soleil's Journey of Man leads us through the birth of the Universal Child as it travels from childhood through adolescence and manhood on to maturity. An awe-inspiring feast for the senses, incomparable artistry and stylish elegance make this an adventure of a lifetime. A
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LA NOUBA 1 DVD 12/25/98 ~ Las Vegas, NV "A door opens and two worlds collide. Enter the attic of make-believe, where the mundane meets the marvelous. Dreams and nightmares intertwine. La Nouba which calls on both individual and collective memory, is an unforgettable journey into a world at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we had lost long ago; to frolic in our childhood dreams and enter a place where the extraordinary transforms and overcomes the ordinary. La Nouba is the meeting of two worlds poles apart: the fantastic world of the circus artists - the Cirques (circus people), sporting bright, fluorescent colours–and that of the Urbains (urbanites), who wear dark, monochromatic outfits. When these two worlds first make contact, the magic and amazing feats of the one set fire to the pale mundanely of the other". Recorded at the third performance ever. Mostly a full stage shot. Filmed using one camera on a tripod with sound patched in from the soundboard. Includes a few minutes of the cast getting ready before the show. The show is currently playing at Walt Disney World in Orlando. A-
Cirque du Soleil: Dralion
2001 ~ Pro-Video
"The Chinese consider the lion a symbol of good luck, so it's a half-dragon, half-lion--a dralion--that is the symbol of the East-meets-West fusion of this Cirque du Soleil show, in which 36 Chinese acrobats join the renowned Canadian troupe. Celebrating the four elements as represented in four colors-- blue (air), green (water), red (fire), and ochre (earth)--Dralion combines ancient Chinese circus traditions with Cirque du Soleil's usual stunning elements: the techno-oriented single ring; the multicolored lights and costumes; the music that mixes rock, New Age, and various world influences (though not Chinese); and the madcap clowns that pull a victim out of the audience (he turns out to be a terrific sport). But of course the main reason to watch a Cirque du Soleil show is the acrobatic stunts, those eye-popping displays of agility, balance, and strength. You'll see an acrobat balancing on one hand, a brawny juggler, a high-flying teeterboard act, a double trapeze, contortionists, a parasol turned and tossed atop a foot, furiously synchronized hoop-diving, unbelievable rope-skipping, and more. While nothing can match the experience of seeing this troupe live, the video does offer some choice close-ups that you would never get from your seat, and you can't ask the live performers to repeat your favorite stunts over and over again. And you'll want to see them over and over because Dralion is a dazzler". Pro-shot for video. 90 minutes. A
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8/21/13 ~ Pasadena, CA
Val Kilmer (Mark Twain). "Val Kilmer inhabits the spirit of legendary American figure Mark Twain in his acclaimed one-man show Citizen Twain. Exploring the famed author’s wry humor — from politics to death, love to money, racism, cats and everything in between — Val Kilmer reveals the wit and wisdom of the man considered to be America's greatest storyteller and first stand-up comedian. Each performance ends with a live post-show Q&A with Val Kilmer". Presented at the Pasadena Playhouse. Very nicely filmed. There are a few times during the show when the houselights come up, and the filmer has to hide the camera, so there are some blackouts occasionally. A-
CITY OF ANGELS 1 DVD 4/3/94 ~ London , Martin Smith, Roger Allam, Susannah Fellows, Haydn Gwynne, Henry Goodman
CITY OF ANGELS 1 DVD 1990 ~ Broadway 2 DVD James Naughton, Gregg Edelman, Randy Graff, Dee Hoty, Rene Auberjonois
CIVIL WAR 1 DVD 2/25/00, National Tour, Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL, Larry Gatlin, BeBe Winans, John Ayres, Moses Braxton, Jr., Mike Eldred, Steve Gannon, Dawana Gudger-Richardson, Keith Bryon Kirk, Michael Lanning, Royal Reed, Clay Roberts, Amy Rutberg, Roy Richardson, Jr., Carolyn Saxton, Bart Shatto, Marlayna Syms, Debra Winans, camcorder video, some generation loss, but you can get the gist of it, some close ups. B
CIVIL WAR 1 DVD THE PLAY CHICAGO 2/25/00 CHICAGO, IL LARRY GATLING, BEBE WINANS, JOHN AYRES, STEVE GANNON, MOSES BRAXTON. CAMCORDER VIDEO, GOOD SOUND WITH SOME COVER UPS AND EXCELLENT CLOSE UPS. (A)
THE CLAY PIGEON 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 14 May 31, 1956 Robert Sterling, Wayne Morris, Tom Tully
CLUE THE MUSICAL 1 DVD Honeywell Foundation 9/2000. Pro-shot. Laura Carter, Melissa Tucker, Michelle Carter, picture and sound is crystal clear, however it cuts out twice in Mrs. White’s song for about 5 seconds.
COLM WILKINSON IN CONCERT 1 DVD 1/1/97 UK Pro-shot: Colm Wilkinson, Patti Lupone and Aaron Wilkinson. Colm sings hits from the West End and Broadway, including: 'Bring Him Home', 'Music Of The Night', 'Oh, What A Circus', 'Empty Chairs, Empty Tables', 'This Is The Moment', 'Gethsemene' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Quite rare and very entertaining. A+
Color Purple 1 DVD 5/11/16 Broadway, Revival. Cynthia Erivo, Heather Headley, Danielle Brooks, Isaiah Johnson, Kyle Scatliffe, Joaquina Kalukango. Nice capture of the show with Heather Headley taking over the role of Celie from Jennifer Hudson. Nicely filmed from the balcony. Heads appear in the bottom of the frame, but never get in the way of the action onstage. A
THE COLOR PURPLE - ~ Broadway ***Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks, Isaiah Johnson, Kyle Scatliffe, Joaquina Kalukango. Excellent HD capture of the new revival which been stripped down and streamlined to focus on Celie's journey. Some beautiful moments in the show with the direction and simplicity spotlighting the story. A few blackouts in the first 5 minutes as clueless ushers fumbled around. A
The Color Purple
3/28/06 ~ Broadway
LaChanze, Felicia Fields, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, Kingsley Leggs, Darlesia Cearcy, Brandon Dixon. Beautiful close ups and crystal clear audio and video. One 10 minute blackout towards the end of the first song, and occasional heads at the bottom of the screen, but otherwise a fantastic video. A-
Come From Away 9/24/16 ~ Washington, D.C., Pre-Broadway Jenn Colella, Chad Kimball, Kendra Kassebaum, Caesar Samayoa, Astrid Van Wieren, Rodney Hicks, Lee MacDougall, Sharon Wheatley, Q. Smith. "Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that put their lives on hold and opened their homes to this world of strangers. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all". Filmed fairly close to the stage in the orchestra section. Heads appear in the bottom of the frame, but never get in the way. Many small changes to the show were made since this was filmed, the most obvious is the show is a lot bigger on Broadway. A
COMEDY OF ERRORS 1 DVD (Musical) 1 DVD 4/18/78 ~ Royal Shakespeare Company Television adaptation of the RSC musical version, starring Judi Dench, Roger Rees, Mike Gwilym, Nicholas Grace, Michael Williams, Francesa Annis, Richard Griffiths, Griffth Jones, and John Woodvine. Directed by Trevor Nunn, and Choregraphed by Gillian Lynne. Pro-shot.
COMPANY 1 DVD LONG BEACH 1993 Carol Burnett, Patrick Cassidy, pro fan shot, 140 minutes, vg with slight grain
CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER 1 DVD 2002 ~ (Comedy/Drama/Fantasy) Stockard Channing, Azura Skye, Jonathan Pryce, Matthew Goode, Trudie Skylar. A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters. In this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer (Stockard Channing) is a former lady of means who had to accept a position as housekeeper, but manages to spike her Master Schoenmacker's (Jonathan Pryce) drink and marry him; alas his shipment of priceless tulips turns worthless overnight, so their last chance is to marry of one of either's daughters, hopefully to the prince for whom the Dowager Queen Maria de Medici throws a great ball. Both Iris Fisher - who is in love with painter Casper for whose master she sat as a model - and Clara Van Den Meer make a good impression." Never released commercially.
CONSTELLATIONS 1 DVD Original Broadway Cast 2/21/15, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Excellent HD capture with no obstructions. This highly reviewed and praised two-person play tells the classic story: boy and girl meeting through several interactions and outcomes. Both Jake and Ruth were terrific in their roles! NEW!
CONTACT 1 DVD 2000 Jason Antoon, Boyd Gaines, Stephanie Michels, Deborah Yates, Karen Ziemba, first scene on the swing is all blacked out due to latecomers, rest of it is fabulous, A
COPPERFIELD 1 DVD April 1984 ~ RARE! Brian Matthews (Adult David), Evan Richards (Young David), George S. Irving (Mr. Micawber), Christian Slater (Billy Mowcher), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Dora Spenlow). Based on the 1850 novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Broadway flop with just 39 performances. In his review in the New York Times, Frank Rich said, "This is the kind of musical that sends you out of the theater humming every score other than the one you've just heard . . . of course, derivativeness is nothing new in Broadway musicals that aspire to be pure commercial entertainments. The real problem with Copperfield is that its authors are not good mimics. From the music to the scenery to the cast, everything about this show looks tacky in comparison to its prototypes. And when the writers actually attempt to come up with fresh ideas - well, look out! The show's book manages to miss the human comedy, the tears and even the point of Dickens's novel. This is no longer the story of a boy's hard-won growth to emotional manhood, but a clunky, often incoherently told melodrama in which all the villains literally wear black... the title character seems an almost peripheral figure in the proceedings. He's played by two decent singers - one boy, one man - who are nothing if not chips off the same block. The block is made of wood... Some of the music is mildly tuneful, after its many fashions, but the lyrics are, at best, unintentionally funny... Rob Iscove's choreography departs from the show's norm, in that it seems to have been culled from flops rather than hits... it could be argued that Copperfield might be entertaining for young children, whose innocent minds aren't sullied by memories of the superior shows that this one dimly recalls. But it's hard to imagine what parent - short of an evil Dickensian one - would take the family to the ANTA when Annie, Barnum and The Pirates of Penzance are in town." Missing the first scene and song, as well as an occasional minute here and there in Act 1, Act 2 is complete. Well filmed, but some generational loss. The disc also includes about 5 minutes of TV reviews. B
CORAM BOY 1 DVD 5/26/07 ~ Broadway. Jan Maxwell, Jolly Abraham, Uzo Aduba, Jacqueline Antaramian, Bill Camp. A nice capture of the show the day before closing. A-
CORAM BOY 1 DVD 5/11/00 ~ Broadway Jan Maxwell, Jolly Abraham, Uzo Aduba, Jacqueline Antaramian, Bill Camp
CORIOLANUS 2 DVD London, 1/30/14, pro-shot, National Theatre Live's broadcast of Donmar Warehouse's production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, originally broadcast live to theatres worldwide, has English subtitles throughout, A
COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO 1 DVD 3/6/10 ~ St. Gallen, Switzerland, Thomas Borchert (Edmond Dantès), Sophie Berner (Mercédès), Carsten Lepper (Fernand Mondego), Christoph Goetten (Gérard von Villefort), Karim Khawatmi (Baron Danglars), Dean Welterlen (Abbé Faria), Kurt Schrepfer (Jacopo), Daniel Berini (Albert Mondego), Barbara Obermeier (Valentine von Villefort), Ava Brennan (Luisa Vampa), André Bauer (Morrel). Oh, if only all audience tapings were like this one! Minor shakes for the first few seconds of each act as the camera is set up, then excellent steadiness, action following, and great zooms. Great colors and sound. This is an utter joy to watch! A+
COUNTRY GIRL 1 DVD 5/20/08 Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Remy Auberjonois, Anna Camp, Joe Roland, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Chip Zien
The Country Girl
1982 ~ A&E-TV
Dick Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Ken Howard, Harry Groener, George Coe, Don Amendola. Based on the 1950 Broadway play by Clifford Odets. (It was revived in 1972 with Maureen Stapleton and Jason Robarts, and again in 2008 with Frances McDormand and Morgan Freeman). "Director Bernie Dodd hires alcoholic has-been actor Frank Elgin and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife Georgia". (According to Dick Van Dyke in his memoir, he was under the impression that Blythe Danner would play Georgie. According to Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway was "high strung" and ordered his partner, Michelle Triola, off the set. Van Dyke said she was the most difficult actor he ever worked with). A
CRAZY FOR YOU 1 DVD 2/3/05
9/1957 ~ CBS-TV
Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Carol Channing, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Eddy Arnold, Mahilia Jackson, many others. A DuPont Show Of The Month. Very odd TV musical which features songs from various Broadway musicals. Billed as "TV's first big musical spectacular." Black and white. A-
CRIPPLE OF INISHMAN 2 DVD 2014 ~ Broadway, Revival. Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Greene, Conor MacNeill, Gillian Hanna, Ingrid Craigie, June Watson, Pat Short, Padraic Delaney, Gary Lilburn. Filmed from what looks to be about the 8th row from the stage, so you're kind of looking up at the stage. Mostly a full stage shot, but
very clear and crisp video.
CROSS HAIRS 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 4 June 12, 1957. James Daly, Ann Sheridan, John Beradino, James Griffith
CROSSED AND DOUBLE CROSSED 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 12 Dec. 11, 1952 Louis Hayward, Mercedes McCambridge
THE CRUCIBLE 1 DVD 2/22/02 ~ Broadway. Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Angela Bettis, Brian Murray. Beautiful production with clear picture and no obstructions, however sound is a tad quiet. A-
CRY BABY 1 DVD Broadway 6/22/08 James Snyder, Elizabeth Stanley, Harriet Harris, Dwayne Clark, Christopher J. Hanke, Ali Mauzey, Carly Jibson, Lacey Kohl, Richard Poe and Tory Ross. Final performance. Includes the curtain call. Yet to be personally reviewed.
Cry Baby (VERSION #1)
3/15/08 ~ Broadway
James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Elizabeth Stanley (Allison), Harriet Harris (Mrs. Vernon-Williams), Chester Gregory II (Dupree), Christopher J. Hanke (Baldwin), Alli Mauzey
(Lenora), Courtney Balan (Mona), Tory Ross (u/s Pepper Walker), Lacey Kohl
(Wanda), Richard Poe (Judge Stone.) Filmed on the first night of previews. Well filmed from the balcony, but occasional moments of "stage searching" and ceiling shots, but they don’t total more than 3 or 4 minutes for the entire show. Great close-ups. Overall a very nice video. DVD has been enhanced with an animated opening menu, and scene selection at all the musical numbers.
The Cunning Little Vixen
11/9/83 ~ PBS-TV
Gianna Rolandi, Richard Cross, Nadia Pelle, John Lankston, Judith Christin. A production of the New York City Opera and filmed live from Lincoln Center for PBS-TV. Sets by Maurice Sendak. "The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody Lišky Bystroušky, literally "The Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears," in Czech) is an opera by Leoš Janáček, with a libretto adapted by the composer from a serialized novella (daily comic) by Rudolf Těsnohlídek, which was first published in newspaper Lidové noviny. It was premiered on 6 November 1924 in Brno. When Janáček discovered Těsnohlídek's comic-strip and decided to turn it into an opera, he began work by meeting with the author and beginning a study of animals. With this understanding of the characters involved, his own 70 years of life experience, and an undying, unrequited love for the much younger, married Kamila Stösslová, he began work on the opera. Writing his own libretto, he transformed himself into the forester, and Kamila into the vixen and Terynka. He also transformed the originally comedic cartoon into a philosophical reflection on the cycle of life and death by including the death of the vixen. As with other operas by older composers, this late opera shows a deep understanding of life leading to a return to simplicity." Performed in English. A-
CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 2 DVD 11/2014 - Broadway - Starring: Alex Sharp (Christopher), Ian Barford (Ed), Helen Carey (Mrs. Alexander), Francesca Faridany (Siobhan), and Enid Graham (Judy). Fifteen-year-old math whiz Christopher Boon lives with his divorced dad in Swinton, a working-class town west of London. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor's dog, Christopher, who is brilliant but has difficulty dealith with the sounds abd stresses of everyday life, decides to investigate the crime. 135 minutes
CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME 1 DVD 9/6/12 ~ London Luke Treadaway (Christopher), Nicola Walker (Judy), Paul Ritter (Ed), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Alexander), Niamh Cusack (Siobhan). Presented by London’s National Theatre, and broadcast live to theatre’s worldwide, this play was the winner of a record breaking 7 2013 Olivier Awards 2013 - including Best Play - more awards than any other play in Olivier Award history. "Adapted from Mark Haddon’s 2003 best-selling book, playwright Simon Stephens transfers all the mystery of the novel to the stage. The play follows a 15 year-old math genius who tries to unravel the mystery of his neighbor’s murdered dog, that was found speared by a garden fork. Against his father’s orders, and in spite of his own personal limitations, Christopher sets out on a quest to discover the real truth behind the murder. Unfortunately the teen unearths more than he bargained for and eventually the secrets of his own life unravel before his very eyes. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is both a murder mystery and a tale of personal discovery for somebody on the edges of society". A
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF 1 DVD CORNWALL ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 2006 Matthew Howard, Mark Starr, Marie Kelsall, Geof Nicholson, Tom Welch. Authorized taping from above, looking down at the legendary outdoor stage on a cliff top with the ocean crashing behind it! Very creepy and fantastic, though the wide full-stage shot and darkness diminish the quality a bit. Also includes some fantastic daytime, up-close behind the scenes and rehearsal footage. Interesting, fun video. A
CURTAINS 1 DVD 5/3/2008 ~ Broadway. David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Erin Davie, Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, Edward Hibbert, John Bolton, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick. Missing the last 30 minutes of act one and a little shaky sometimes. No issues with Act Two, great close-ups throughout, from master. B+
CURTAINS 1 DVD 3/27/07 David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, Jill Paice, Edward Hibbert. Nicely filmed, but an occasional head appears at the bottom of the screen. Crystal clear, some..minor spotlight washout in the wide shots. DVD has been constructed with an opening menu, scanned Playbill information, and photos
CYRANO DE BERGARAC 1 DVD 2008 Broadway Revival Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner, Daniel Sunjata. Pro-shot for PBS
DADDY LONG LEGS: The Musical Off-Broadway 1 DVD ~ 12/10/2015 -Starring: Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin. From the Tony®-Award winning director of Les Misérables comes the intimate new musical Daddy Long Legs .- Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 MOVIE starring Fred Astaire—a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, and "Downton Abbey"—this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London. This charming production stars the adorable real-live husband and wife team Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin . Run time: 119m (A+)
DAME EDNA 1 DVD BACK WITH A VENGENCE 12/21/04 BROADWAY Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance Barry Humphries, very nice picture and sound, with only a couple of very brief cover ups, A
DAME EDNA 1 DVD THE ROYAL TOUR BROADWAY 7/2/00 Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), Roxane Barlow (Ednaette), Amy Heggins (Ednaette), Phil Reno (keyboards), "Edna" entertains B'way audiences with talk of England's Royal family, baby sitters, lifestyle choices of her children and her late husband's prostrate difficulties, she also remarks on audience members' clothing choices & home decorating skills but only "in the most loving way." Filmed from the balcony, some generational loss, B+
Dame Edna: The Family Tour
9/10/02 ~ Miami, FL
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage.) Opening night of the national tour captured at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, FL. Well filmed from the balcony. Occasional heads in the way. A-
DAMES AT SEA 2 DVD Broadway October 18, 2015 Helen Hayes Theatre, New York Starring: Mara Davi (Ruby), Eloise Kropp (Joan), Lesli Margherita (Mona Kent), Cary Tedder (Dick), Danny Gardner (Lucky), John Bolton (Hennesey/The Captain). Excellent HD capture of this fun and campy show! Everything is nicely captured and the cast was top notch! Such a great time at the theater and a very talented cast! Dames at Sea tells the tale of Ruby, a young dame who comes to realize her Broadway debut will end before it has even started. Luckily, with the help of some sailors, she begins a journey aboard a naval ship to bring her show to life! This tap-happy musical has everything a good show could need. Love, music, and a ton of laughs, all set on the Broadway stage for the first time ever!
Dames At Sea
11/15/71 ~ Pro Shot for TV.
Bell Telephone Hour production starring Ann Margaret, Anne Meara, Ann Miller, Fred Gwynne, Dick Shawn. Includes original commercials. Good tape, some generational loss. B+
DAMN YANKEES 1 DVD CITY CENTER ENCORES NYC 7/5/08, City Center Encores! First performance: Sean Hayes, Jane Krakowski, Cheyenne Jackson,Randy Graff Veanne Cox, PJ Benjamin and Megan Lawrence. This show is put together andperformed Excellent. I have seen many versions but in my opinion no other Damn Yankees, production compares with this one. Was Astonishing. This capture is just stunning and one ofthe best from City Centers with no obstructions A+
DAMN YANKEES 1 DVD April 1996, location unknown, Jerry Lewis, Valerie Wright, David Elder, Linda Gabler, Susan Bigelow
4/8/67 ~ NBC-TV
Phil Silvers, Lee Remick, Linda Lavin, Jim Backus, Jerry Lanning. RARE! Pro shot for Television with HILARIOUS use (unintentionally, I'm sure) of 60's graphics and cartoon-ish sets. Very entertaining. A-
DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER 1 DVD May 1989 ~ Broadway - Len Cariou, Elizabeth Hubbard, George Rose, Brent Barret, Alyson Reed. Music by Charles Strauss, lyrics and direction by Allen Jay Lerner. Broadway flop with just one Broadway performance. B-
DANCING PRINCESSES 1 DVD ITC TV SPECIAL 58 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE , JIM DALE, GLORIA GRAHAME, FREDDIE JONES, PETER BUTTERWORTH AND OTHERS
DANCING YEARS 1 DVD 1976 I-TV production. Anthony Valentine, Celia Gregory, Susan Skipper. Valentine makes a more sympathetic Rudi. Still loses the prologue scene but loser to the score and script.
DANCING YEARS 1 DVD 1950 film. Dennis Price, Giselle Preville. Film of Ivor Novello’s most popular musical that ran in West End and on tour throughout UK during most of WWII. The episodic story of a composer of operettas, Rudi Kleiber, in in old Viennese days, and the two women in his life; Maria Zeitler, his sweetheart, later mistress, lost love, an operetta star, and his first patron, and the mother of a son he did not know he had; and of Greta, his first love and companion in later years. A pre-First World War love affair between a young composer (Dennis Price) and a star of the musical stage (Giselle Preville) falters through a misunderstanding which causes her to leave him and marry a prince (Anthony- Nicholls). Sadly they depart from the script which has the action starting in a Nazi prison cell.
DAPHNE RUBIN - VEGA 1 DVD JOE'S PUB NYC 3/22/02
DARK YELLOW 1 DVD OFF-BROADWAY FINAL PERFORMANCE NYC 6/17/06 Ella Koteas, Max Kaplan, Tina Benko. Produced at Michael Imperioli's Studio Dante's Theatre. "A noir play that begs the question: is anything what it seems? In a rural place, a murder in a cornfield gradually becomes the focus of an unusual encounter between a local woman and a stranger she meets at the small town bar. As they engage in a bedroom game of questions, word-play and sexual intrigue, both strive for a connection while identities and motives remain hidden. Testing the boundaries of trust and intimacy, they struggle with their instincts toward suspicion and self-preservation. In the end, the truth about the murder is unearthed in this exploration of crime, human nature, vengeance and redemption." The play begins in darkness - so the first 5 minutes or so are in complete blackness. Shot over and between heads, but you can still follow the action on the stage. Includes scanned Playbill information. Great quality.
DAUGHTER OF MINE 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 15 Oct. 7, 1954. Margaret O'Brien, Pat O'Brien, Maureen O'Sullivan.
DAVID'S RED HAIRED DEATH 1 DVD
DAY EMILY MARRIED 1 DVD 8/28/04 Off-Broadway. Estelle Parsons, Hallie Foote, James Colby, William Biff McGuire, Terri Keane, Delores Mitchell, Pamela Payton-Wright. Written by Horton Foote. A play about a newlywed couple moving into the house of the second-time bride’s parents. The title character soon finds herself caught between her seemingly-ideal husband and her family. Filmed from the back of the small Off-Broadway house, so there are heads that appear in the bottom of the frame, but they never get in the way. Includes scanned Playbill information. A.
DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG 1 DVD 2001, pro-shot. Victoria Hamilton, Eddie Izzard, Prunella Scales. A
The Days When Cocaine Was King
4/04 ~ Hollywood, CA
Josh Thorpe, Robert Guthrie, Brandon Loeser, Eli Thomas, Laura Castle, Christy Barker, Adrienne Larsen. "The story of an aging rock band called The Larry's, still stuck in the dregs of the 1970's, when they began. At a 25-year anniversary celebration, the band's idiotic leader, Ro Chambeaux (Josh Thorpe) reminisces about the days when he and his three band mates,Sketch Noonan, Spank Dangler, and Johnny Viagra were first getting started. Younger versions of themselves play out scenes from the past, which are centered, of course, on sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as the band plays on and on." Presented by Stage Music Productions at the American Renegade Theatre Pro-filmed using two cameras. A
DEAD ACCOUNTS 1 DVD MUSIC BOX BROADWAY 11/15/12 Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, judy greer, josh hamilton, jayne houdyshell, excellent picture,
DEAR EVAN HANSON 1 DVD 6/18 Broadway. Taylor Trench, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Asa Somers (u/s), Phoenix Best, Alex Boniello, Sky Lakota-Lynch. Well filmed from the balcony and crystal clear. A
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 2 DVD 11/20/16 ~ Broadway - Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Mike Faist, Will Roland, Kristolyn Lloyd. Excellent HD capture of the Broadway transfer. In the long journey to Broadway, the show still lives up to all it's hype and greatness. The cast gives amazing performances and leaves it all on the stage.
DEAR WORLD 1 DVD Date Unknown ~ Australia Judi Connelli, Michael Cormick, Robynn Arthur, William Zappa, Anne Grigg. Staged concert performance. A few songs included that have rarely been heard before. Very nicely filmed but some slight generation loss B+
DEATH OF A SALESMAN 1 DVD 2000 SHOWTIME SPECIAL Brian Dennehy, Elizabeth Franz and Ron Eldard
DEATH ROW SHUFFLE 1 DVD A Musical Review San Francisco, CA 5/16/2006 A production at the Academy Of Art University. Multi-camera pro-shot for the 6 students involved - Small story brought together in a minimalistic staging with these musical numbers; "Comedy Tonight", "Me", "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", "Class", "Mrs Cellophane", "Barcelona", "Sue Me", "What is This Feeling", "I Wanna Be Bad", "Maybe This Time", "You Can Drive a Person Crazy", "Cell-block Tango", "My New Philosophy", "What I Did For Love", "Deathrow (ala 'Skidrow')", "Razzle Dazzle". About an hour. A
Death Takes A Holiday
8/2/11 ~ Off-Broadway
Linda Balgord, Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, Kevin Earley, Joy Hermalyn, Jay Jaski, Simon Jones, Rebecca Luker, Patricia Noonan, Jill Paice, Michael Siberry, Alexandra Socha, Don Stephenson, Max Von Essen and Julian Ovenden* (*This was Julian Ovenden's final performance. He performed in the first scene after which the show was stopped and an announcement was made that his understudy Kevin Earley (who would replace Ovenden from that night on would resume the role in a moment). "Based on the beloved play, Death Takes a Holiday features an enchanting story adapted by Tony Award-winning book writers Peter Stone (1776) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and lush, romantic songs by the Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic). This soaring new production about the power of love to change, inspire and sustain us is directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt). When the loneliest of souls arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young prince, he experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life for the first time. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, the mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death". Nicely filmed from the balcony with a nice mix of close-ups and full stage shots. No obstructions. Disc also includes cast/creative interviews, reviews and opening night footage. A
DEBBIE DOES DALLAS 1 DVD 11/6/02 Original off-B’way cast; Sherie Rene Scott; Shot from close-up, towards house right. Nice clear picture with great sound. A very enjoyable DVD. A/A-
THE DECORATOR 1 DVD 1965 TV PILOT 27 MINUTES, BLK AND WHITE - EXCELLENT PICTURE, BETTE DAVIS, ED BEGLEY, MARY WICKES -- A respected but struggling interior decorator from a wealthy background moves in with some of her clients in order to meet their specific needs. In the process, she tends to become friends with the families and get drawn into their personal problems. In the pilot episode, she's hired by an oil tycoon to lavishly decorate a house on his property for his daughter and future son-in-law, secretly hoping that the obvious expense will cause the fiancé' to back out of the wedding.
Defying Gravity: The Music Of Stephen Schwartz (Enhanced DVD)
1/31/09 ~ Las Vegas, NV
Julia Murney, David Burnham, Farah Alvin. Presented at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, this concert features songs from some of Stephen Schwartz's works, including Pippin, The Baker's Wife, Wicked, Children of Eden, Pocahontas, Godspell and Working. Beautifully filmed and crystal clear. (This same concert has been touring the country [and continues to tour] since 2006 with a different cast of three performers.) DVD has been enhanced to include an opening menu with thumbnail images and access to each musical number. A
DELICATE BALANCE 3 DVD Original Broadway Revival - 1/2/2015 - Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins. Quality Notes: A great capture of the play's Broadway run. There are a couple of quick dropouts in act two and a couple of places where it wanders for a few seconds, but shot well overall. Also some heads that can occasionally be seen at the bottom of the screen, but they never block the action. Show is filmed in 16:9 with a mix of wides, mediums and close-ups. Sound is excellent. Includes playbill scans.
DEMOCRACY 1 DVD BROADWAY 12/18/04 James Naughton, Richard Thomas, Michael Cumpsty, Robert Prosky, John Dossett, Richard Masur, Lee Wilkof, some spotlight washout but very little, excellent video with nice picture and sound, A
DER GLOKNER VON NOTRE DAME 1 DVD THE PLAY 11/22/05
The Desert Song
7/7/55 ~ NBC TV
Nelson Eddy, Earl Williams. Gale Sherwood. RARE! Pro filmed live for television. Black and White. B-
DESIGN FOR LIVING 1 DVD 3/23/07 ~ Broadway. Alan Cumming, Jennifer Ehle, Dominic West, John Cunningham. Great video. First 5 minutes are pretty shaky and not really focused on the stage, but after that it's a great video. A-
DESILU PLAYHOUSE 1 DVD "Silent Thunder" 1958 western starring John Drew Barrymore, Earl Holliman, Wallace Ford, Barton MacLane, Patricia Smith, Myron Healey; directed by Ted Post PLUS PULITZER PRIZE PLAYHOUSE "The Pharmacist’s Mate" 1950 - Brian Donlevy, Alan Hale Jr., Darryl Hickman, Harold Lloyd Jr. written by Budd Schulberg; logo in corner
DESPERATION 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 16 June 19, 1957 Teresa Wright, Kevin McCarthy, William Bishop
DEUCE 1 DVD BROADWAY 5/5/07 Angela Lansbury, Marian Seldes, Michael Mulheren, Joanna P. Adler, Brian Haley. 2-30 second cover-ups. Excellent close ups and sound. Includes NY1 review. A/A
DICK TRACY THE MUSICAL 1 DVD Disneyland’s Dick Tracy: Diamond Double Cross 1990 ~ Disneyland, Anaheim, CA This is a live action musical show performed at Disneyland's Videopolis stage in Fantasyland. This musical played from June 15, 1990 until December 31, 1990. The production was created to promote the film Dick Tracy. Recorded from the audience. 26 minutes. (Also included on the disc: Disneyland’s "One Man’s Dream", 4/29/90). A-
DIE MOMMIE DIE! 1 DVD NYC 6/19/06 Charles Busch, Christopher Meloni, Jenn Harris, Jayne Houdyshell, Keith Nobbs, Tom Mardirosian. Written by Charles Busch. One night only presentation to benefit the Actor’s Fund of America. Staged reading - meaning the actors carry scripts. "A comic melodrama that evokes the 1960’s films that featured aging stars such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. Ex-pop singer Angela Andrews is trapped in a hateful marriage with film producer Sol Sussman. Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out of work TV actor, Tony Parker, Angela murders her husband with the aid of a poisoned suppository. In a plot that reflects Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood kitsch, Angela’s Elektra-like daughter, Edith, convinces Angela’s emotionally disturbed son, Lance, that they must avenge their father’s death by killing their mother. Lance, demanding proof of Angela’s crime, slips some LSD into her after-dinner coffee. Angela is plunged into a wild acid trip that reveals that not only did she kill the children’s father but also their mother, for she isn’t their mother at all but rather their Aunt Barbara. A surprising twist-ending has all of the Sussman family’s dirty laundry aired out for once and for all. Angela, or rather Aunt Barbara, realizes that happiness cannot be built upon a foundation of lies and turns herself in to the police". Filmed using multiple cameras. A
DIET 1 DVD The Musical Phoenix, AZ 5/5/07 Nicole Lang, Andrea Tripodi, Marco Valadez, Laura Lemley, Ken Goodenberger."A musical tale about two women, two men and a mom who all have very different ideas about food and love, which they are all "hungry" to share with you. Diet! The Musical explores the challenge of looking in the mirror and truly loving whom we see reflected there." Written by Susan Simpson LaFave and Kenneth LaFave, the same team behind Menopause, The Musical. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Crystal clear. A
Dining Room 1 DVD 1984 PBS-TV. Frances Sternhagen, John Shea, William H. Macy, Pippa Pearthree, Jeanne Ruskin, Remak Ramsay. Written by A.R. Gurney Jr. First produced in New York City at the Studio Theatre of Playwrights Horizons, opening January 31, 1981. "The play is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods who has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898. The stories are about WASP families. Some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it, while other scenes simply flesh out the culture of the WASPS. Overall, it tells the story of the dying (and relatively short-lived) culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort and togetherness that the culture provides". This video presentation reunites most of the original Playwrights Horizon’s cast. A.
DIRTIEST SHOW IN TOWN 1 DVD NYC – PRO SHOT Cast: Alison Frasier, John Shipp, Robin Klauber, Jeffrey Herman. Quality/Notes: Pro shot for TV, some generational loss. Contains nudity, Rating: A
DIRTY DANCING 2 DVD LOS ANGELES 5/30/09 Amanda Leigh Cobb, Josef Brown, Britta Lazenga, Ben Mingay, John Bolger, Katlyn Carlson, Adam Overett, Jonathan Epstein, Michael W. Howell, Ryan Farrell, Michael Liuberes, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Vivian Pressman u/s), Gary Lynch, Lauren Klein, Joseph Costa; few short blackouts beginning of first act and a few places where it's a little dark, a couple of heads at the bottom but they don't block anything, very steady with no washout, sound is excellent, lots of wide shots for the dance numbers, mix of medium and close-up shots for conversational parts. A
DIRTY DANCING 1 DVD WEST END LONDON 11/7/06 Georgina Rich, Josef Brown, David Rintoul, Rae Baker, Isabella Caithorpe, Nadia Coote, Issy van Randwyck. Beautifully filmed, great close ups, very few obstructions. Seem to be a couple of shot cover ups but on whole its pretty good. A
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
8/12/07 ~ Chicago, IL, Tour
Tom Hewitt, D.B. Bonds, Hollis Resnik, Laura Marie Duncan, Jenifer Foote, Joe Cassidy. Very well filmed and crystal clear. A
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 1 DVD 2005 Original Broadway Cast Gypsy Run-Through; John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleason
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 1 DVD 2/26/2005 ~ Broadway John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Joanna Gleason, Gregory Jbara, Sara Gettelfinger, Sheri Rene Scott. Nicely shot with no obstructions or cover-ups. Includes NY1 reviews. A
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 1 DVD 1/31/05 ~ Broadway Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleason. Filmed on first night of Previews. Great video-really captures the action well. Occasional heads at the bottom of the screen, but never gets in the way. A-
DISCOVERING HAROLD PINTER 1 DVD (aka Pinter’s Progress) one hour documentary on the legendary playwright; interviews with Sir Michael Caine, Steven Berkoff, Sheila Hancock, Susannah York, James Fox and Jonathan Pryce plus Live From Lincoln Center: THE NANCE with Nathan Lane.
12/27/14 ~ Broadway
Hari Dhillon, Josh Radnor, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, Danny Ashor. Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife – an artist influenced by Islamic imagery – enjoying their comfortable life on New York’s Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards. Well filmed from the balcony with no issues. A
DISNEY ON BROADWAY 1 DVD New York City Hall Park, 7/25/06, Jeanne Lehman, Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese, Chestor Gregory II, Merle Dandridge, Josh Tower, Tshidi Mayne, the casts of Beauty & the Beast, Tarzan and Lion King come together for an outdoor concert, also includes pre-show sound checks
THE DISTANCE FROM HERE 1 DVD New York, 4/04, Josh Charles, Melissa Leo, Logan Marshall-Green, Anna Paquin, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Amelia Alvarez, Ian Brennan, excellent video with nice picture and sound, A
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1 DVD 4/16/15 ~ Broadway Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Lora Lee Gayer, Tom Hewitt, Paul Alexander Nolan, Jacqueline Antarmaian, Sophia Gennusa, Jonah Halperin, Jamie Jackson, Ava-Riley Miles. Nicely filmed from the balcony. In the first act there is a head visible in the wider shots, but it’s filmed around with no issues. A
DOGFIGHT 1 DVD 8/15/12 ~ Off Broadway Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Annaleigh Ashford, Nick Blaemire, Becca Ayers, Josh Segarra. Dogfight, a new musical that tells a tender and brutal tale of young people meeting in a situation certain to end in heartbreak. It marked the New York City debut of rising songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, (whose James and the Giant Peach, Edges and A Christmas Story the Musical have been seen regionally). Set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of a Marine named Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet: The man who finds the ugliest girl to take out on a date wins a cash prize. On his date with Mendez's character, Birdlace discovers compassion and voices his fears about war. The show explores the themes of masculinity in the 1960's, misogyny, the homecoming of soldiers, and the loss of innocence". Well filmed at the small Second Stage theater, so there are heads visible in the bottom of the frame, but they don’t usually get in the way of the onstage action. A-
DOIN' WHAT COMES NATURALLY: ETHEL MERMAN TRIBUTE 1 DVD Bette Midler, Patti Lupone, Lainie Kazan, Elaine Stritch
DOLL'S LIFE 1 DVD BROADWAY 1982 George Hearn, Betsy Joslyn, Edmund Lyndeck, Peter Gallagher, 160 minutes, jiggley picture, slight grain, pro fan shot
THE DOLLMAKER 1 DVD 1984 Drama/Made-For-TV. Jane Fonda, Amanda Plummer, Geraldine Page, Christine Ebersole, Levon Helm, Susan Kingsly, Ann Hearn, Bob Swan. Written by Hume Cronyn. "Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World War II. One setback follows another, and shattering tragedy strikes the family. It's all up to Gertie to find new strength, courage and determination to keep her family together and strong". A
DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER 1 DVD 5/27/12 BROADWAY -- JENNIFER TILLY, BEN DANIELS, ADAM JAMES ETC
DOUBLE BET 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 7 Nov. 26, 1953 Laraine Day, Richard Egan, Marsha Hunt
DOUBLE SOLITAIRE 1 DVD PRO SHOT 1/1/74 A play that has a couple, Charlie and Barbara, married 25 years who are faced with the reality of a disintegrating marriage, complete with an adulterous past, and decision to renew their vows. Charlie, played wonderfully by Richard Crenna who was 76 when he died of pancreatic cancer in 2003. Also starring as a friend, is veteran actor Harold Gould, who passed in Sept/2010 at 86. Charlie's parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary, while they urge Charlie and Barbara to renew their vows simulataneously. Charlie, on the other hand has lost the "intensity" in his marriage; had an affair, while Barbara feels the same... what used to be, is not anymore. They both recognize a renewal of vows is not in the picture, and cannot be. Charlie's parents have kept their marriage intact by doing what they believe they are supposed to do to keep a marriage going, the superficial things. Charlie's son, young, in love, and not married, is an illusionist to reality; he does not want to be where his parents are. The son believes "that isn't going to happen to us", so, he remains unmarried to make sure not to experience a loveless relationship. You will learn the many stages and variations that love and marriage reveal through various voices. The writing is brilliant. And, interestingly, the story remains the same, different time, same problems......Rizzo A+
DOUBLE TROUBLE 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 22 March 22, 1956 Richard Denning, Brian Donlevy, Yvette Dugay
DOUBT 1 DVD BROADWAY 11/20/04 Cherry Jones, Brian F O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh, Adrianne Lenox; excellent picture and sound, very nice capture.
DOUBTING THOMAS 1 DVD PBS A MUSICAL FOR TELEVISION 1983 - STEPHANIE LAWRENCE - PAUL NICHOLAS, JOHN TURNER, PAMELA CUNDELL, SALLY MILES, 50 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE
DRACULA 1 DVD 7/31/04 9/04 ~ Tour, Pittsburgh, PA, Frenchie Davis, David Jennings, Andre Gardner, Romona Keller, Angela Robinson. Another excellent video, semi pro shot with one camera. A
DRACULA 1 DVD 1/1/99 A Chamber Musical, Stratford's Avon Theatre, 1999, pro-shot, Juan Chioran, Roger Honeywell, June Crowley, Benedit Campbell, Amy Walsh, Michael Fletcher, Shawn Wright, beautiful pro shot shot of the little known Canadian production of Dracula, theatre archive of the dvd, A+, extremely rare
Drama League’s Salute To Angela Lansbury
2/8/10 ~ New York
Bernadette Peters, Charles Busch, Len Cariou, Alexander Gemignani, Victor Garber, Donna Murphy, Edie Falco, Beth Fowler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dee Hoty, more. The show includes selections from Miss Lansbury's prolific career, including Anyone Can Whistle, Mame, Dear World. Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Blithe Spirit revival, and A Little Night Music. Highlights include an original song for Angela written and performed on the spot by Ann Hampton Callaway, with key words supplied from the audience; Malcolm Gets, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Sieber, Will Swenson and others serenade Angela with a newly worded version of "Mame" (Angela comes from the audience to join them in an unscripted moment), and Tom Rhoads, Frankie Michaels, and Jerry Lanning (the last three original Patrick’s) perform "My Best Girl". The disc also includes Red carpet footage and interviews with Angela and members of the show. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. A
DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS 1 DVD 2010 ~ UK Tour Anthony Clegg (Phil/Older Bobby), Josh Capper (Bobby), Jonathan Bremmer (Norman), Carolynne Good (Sue), Daniela Bowen (Laura). A jukebox musical based on the hits of the 1950’s and 1960’s. "In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock 'n' roll fame beckons..." Dreamboats and Petticoats features classic tracks from Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Roy Orbison, and The Shadows with song including Let's Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby's Girl, Three Steps To Heaven, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C'mon Everybody and Let's Twist Again. This musical has been so popular across the UK, that it has inspired three separate cast recordings. Beautifully filmed for the balcony with no obstructions and crystal clear. A
DREAMGIRLS 1 DVD 2018 London Moya Angela (Effie White), Brennyn Lark (Deena Jones), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Lorell Robinson), Kimmy Edwards (Michelle Morris) Tosh Wanogho-Maud (James Thunder Early), Durone Stokes (CC Brown), Delroy Brown Marty), Ryan Reid (understudy Curtis Taylor Jr.) Moya Angela starred as Effie in the 2009 US Tour, before taking over the role from Amber Riley in London. This is an interesting production in that it uses 85% of Michael Bennett’s original staging and choreography, where it veers from the original is because of changes needed to accommodate the cheaper set. The camera work is a little shaky, and the balcony railing is usually in the shot, sometimes obliterating the action onstage. Missing about the first 20 minutes or so of the second act. B
DREAMGIRLS 1 DVD SAN JOSE CA 2005 Regional; Frenchie Davis (Effie), Andre Garnew, Ramona Keller, Angela Robinson; Pro-shot. Crystal clear with great color. A full stage shot the majority of the time with some mid-range shots as well. There is some very minor spotlight washout on the wider shots. A great overall capture of the show. A
DREAMGIRLS 1 DVD 9/21/04
Dreamgirls 1 DVD Actor’s Fund BCEFA Concert NEW! BETTER COPY! 9/24/01 New York. Lillias White, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Billy Porter. One night only Actors’ Fund Benefit Concert, Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Pristine, digital copy with full menus and extras. A
DREAMGIRLS 1 DVD 1981 OBC. Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jennifer Holliday, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Obba Babatunde. Some short blackouts but not too bad. Overall good video for its age. B+/A-
DRIVING MISS DAISY 1 DVD 7/15 Pro shot PBS-tv. Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones. Was taped at the Comedy Theater in Melbourne, Australia.
Driving Miss Daisy
11/13/10 ~ Broadway, Revival
Vanessa Redgrave (Daisy Werthan), James Earl Jones (Hoke Colburn), Boyd Gaines (Boolie Werthan). Nicely filmed from the balcony. Heads appear in the frame along the right bottom- but the filmer does a good job capturing the action onstage. About 3 minutes of blackouts in the second scene. (Premiered Off-Broadway in New York at Playwrights Horizons in 1987. Was considered a "Revival" for the purposes of the Tony nominations in 2011). A-
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE 1 DVD BROADWAY 5/20/06 Bob Martin (Man in the Chair), Van Der Graff- Sutton Foster (Janet), Beth Leavel (Drowsy Chaperone), Danny Burstein (Adolpho), Georgia Engel (Mrs.Tottendale), Edward Hibbert (Underling), Troy Britton Johnson (Robert), Eddie Korbich (George), Garth. Great DVD. Shot very close with minimal spotlight washout, nice close-ups, great sound and color, and follows the action very well. Includes Theatre Talk, NY1 segments, and Playbill info. A
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE 1 DVD 4/3/06 Original B’way Cast; Bob Martin, Sutton Foster, Beth Leavel, Danny Burstein, Georgia Engel,Edward Hibbert, Troy Britton Johnson, Eddie Korbich, Garth Kravits Jason Kravits, Kecia Lewis- Evans, Jennifer Smith, Lenny Wolpe; Tony winner 2006! Nicely shot with great close ups and very nice picture/sound. A
DROWSY CHAPERONE 1 DVD LONDON 2006 Bob Martin, Elaine Paige, Summer Strallen, John Partridge, Joseph Alessi, Anne Rogers. After a moderately successful Broadway run, the show transferred to London to less than enthusiastic reviews and ran less than 100 performances. The show was also tinkered with a bit to make it more of a star vehicle for Elaine Paige (making her West End comeback after more than 6 years.) Recorded at the final dress rehearsal, so there is no audience in attendance. Well filmed, with some slight generational loss and occasional spotlight washout. A-
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE 1 DVD Press Reels 12/05 ~ Los Angeles, Pre-Broadway, Bob Martin, Sutton Foster, Beth Leavel, Danny Burstein, Georgia Engel, Edward Hibbert, Troy Britton Johnson, Eddie Korbich, Garth Kravits, Jason Kravits, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Jennifer Smith, Lenny Wolpe. Pre-Broadway press reels. RARE! Includes clips of cut song "I Remember Love" and Sutton Foster performing in a arm cast. About 25 minutes of musical highlights only. Crystal clear, multi camera shot. A
DRUNKARD OR THE FALLEN SAVED 1 DVD WITH TOM BOSLEY TV Musical, 1981 90 minutes, color, excellent picture, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BARRY MANILOW, also starring marcia mcclain, erick devine, charita bauer, lenny wolpe, cindy rosenthal, patricia carr-bosley
DuPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH 1 DVD JUNIOR MISS 12/20/57 CBS-TV. Don Ameche (Harry Graves), Joan Bennett (Grace Graves), Paul Ford (J.B. Curtis), Carol Lynley (Judy Graves), David Wayne (Willis Reynolds), Jill St. John (Lois Graves), Diana Lynn (Ellen Curtis). Music and lyrics by Burton Lane and Dorothy Fields (Dorothy’s brother Joseph wrote the original play). "A pretty teenager tries to solve her friend's and family's minor problems, but always makes things worse in the process. When she mistakenly believes that her father is having an affair with his boss's daughter, she tries to fix the young woman up with her uncle and manages to get her father fired in the bargain". This was an original musical written for TV, based on the 1941 Broadway play of the same name. Originally broadcast live. In black and white. 90 minutes, complete with original commercials. A-
DuPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH 1 DVD YEARS AGO 4/21/60 CBS-TV. Robert Preston (Clinton Jones). Peggy Conklin (Annie Jones), Sandra Church (Ruth Gordon Jones), Janice Mars (Miss Glavin), Arthur Malet (Mr. Bagley). Written by Ruth Gordon (who knew she was a writer?). Based on the 1946 Broadway play of the same name. Despite being raised in a financially strapped family, a young woman tries to make her dream of being a respected actress come true. (Based on Ruth Gordon’s own life story). Originally broadcast live. In black and white. 90 minutes, complete with original commercials. A-
EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 9/30/02 ~ New York. Kristen Chenoweth, Julie Brown, Deven Day, Mark Kudish, Hunter Foster, Hosted by John Rando. Staged reading of Julie Brown’s new musical, which had hopes of going to Broadway. Uses a lot of pop music from the 80's. Interesting and fun! A
EAST 1 DVD 11/1999 ~ London. This was the 25th anniversary of the Steven Berkoff play which originally opened on London’s West End in 1975. From the Daily Mail: "East is "a play of boundless vitality. A piece of roller-coasting invention. Its two central characters are a couple of razor-happy randy tear-a-ways of almost total moral repellence and absolute physical charm. Berkoff razzle-dazzles their lifestyle in a tumult of imagery; the language flashes from Shakespearean parody to the shatteringly profane, restores one's faith and fills the cup of expectation to overflowing." This was the first in a series of Berkoff’s verse plays, which included "Greek" (1980), and "West" (1983). Pro-shot for BBC-TV at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. A
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD 4/24/18 New York. Humor, hope and heart were at the core of the performances at the 32nd annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised $5,721,879 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The near-record number was raised by 62 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions and was announced Tuesday, April 24, 2018, by Hello, Dolly!‘s Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters and Angels in America‘s Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. It’s the second-highest total in Easter Bonnet Competition history, eclipsed only by last year’s astonishing $6.4 million. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition, which celebrated six weeks of spring fundraising at theatres across New York City and across the country, took place on April 23 and 24 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s The Lion King. The production featured memorable performances and 20 exquisite, handcrafted bonnets, created and presented by many of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s favorite shows. This year’s top fundraising award went to Broadway’s Hamilton, which raised $402,083. Includes performances from the casts of School Of Rock, A Bronx Tale, Avenue Q, Chicago, Escape To Margaritaville, The Band’s Visit, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Lion King, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hanson, When Pig’s Fly, Wicked, and other performances. Multi-camera, pro shot. A
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD 4/29/08 multi-camera pro-shot, Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Kelli O'Hara, Tom Wopat, Lea Michelle, Jonathan Groff, Sierra Boggess, Titus Burgess, Anika Noni Rose, Harvey Fierstein, Faith Prince, David Hyde Pierce, Clay Aiken, Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf & the casts of August: Osage County, Mary Poppins, Xanadu, Naked Boys Singing, Sunday in the Park w/George, Spamalot, Spring Awakening, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Legally Blonde, Wicked, Passing Strange, Hairspray, Gypsy, Rent, Swingin' In the Rain and In the Heights. This year's judges included: Sebastain Arcelus (Jersey Boys), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Dylan Baker (November), Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid), Chris March (Project Runway), S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba), Matthew Morrison (South Pacific). Similiar to BC/EFA's Gypsy of the Year event, the Easter Bonnet Competition presents cast members from various shows performing skits, songs and/or dances frequently spoofing the casting director, another highlight among the sketches was an appearance by original Ziegfeld Follies girl, Doria Eaton Travis, now 104 years old, who danced with a partner to a swing arrangement of "Singin' in the Rain", A
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD NEW YORK 2006 Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young, Ron Kunene, Kelli O'Hara, Rob Bartlett, Michael McKean hosted by Michael Cerveris and Victoria Clark. Featuring the casts of Spelling Bee, Menopause The Musical, Beauty & The Beast, The Pajama Game, Ring Of Fire, Wicked, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, pro-shot for video, A
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD 2004 Ave Q and Fiddler performs Ave Jew, Idina Menzel sings Help is on the Way plus performances from The Producers, Mamma Mia, Rent (with Daphne Ruben Vegan and other Mimis), Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, Lion King, etc., pro-shot, A
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD 1999 presented by Kevin Spacey, Brian Dennehy & Judi Dench, featurings the casts of Sound of Music, Lion King, Les Mis., Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Chicago, Beauty & the Beast, Jeckyll & Hyde, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Kristin Chenoweth plus lots more, A-
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION 1 DVD 1998 12TH EDITION Tyne Daly, Nathan Lane, Rebecca Luker, Liza Minnelli, Debra Monk and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Eclipsed - 2/16 ~ Broadway NFT until 7/25/16 - Lupita Nyong'o, Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah. Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions. This is a stunning new drama with astonishing performances. Terrific cast and story that really pulls you in, great ensemble piece! (2DVD)
ED SULLIVAN - BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW 10 DVD COLLECTION…
DISC 1: "Best of Ed #1" 57 min. 9/16/51 Gertrude Lawrence with Rodgers & Hammerstein: I Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You (King & I); 9/9/56 Charles Laughton introduces Dorothy Sarnoff: Something Wonderful (King & I); 11/11/56 Julie Andrews, medley: Wouldn't It Be Loverly/Someone to Watch Over Me/I'll Follow My Secret Heart; 4/14/57 Judy Holliday: I'm Goin' Back (Bells Are Ringing); (no date) Carol Channing: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); 11/16/58 Frances Nguyen, William Shatner: Scene from The World of Suzie Wong; 1/16/66 Mimi Hines, Phil Ford: Rat-Tat-Tat, Who Are You Now? (Funny Girl); 3/20/66 Wait a Minim Cast: Boot Dance; 11/9/69 Frank Gorshin & cast: Jimmy; 1/18/70 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) & cast: Buck White
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 2: MY FAIR LADY-"I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT" & "SHOW ME"-JULIE ANDREWS; 7-15-56 MY FAIR LADY-"WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK"-STANLEY HOLLOWAY; 3-3-57 MY FAIR LADY-JULIE ANDREWS-"LOVERLY"; 3-19-63 WEST SIDE STORY-"TONIGHT"-LARRY KERT & CAROL LAWRENCE; 11-1-58 FLOWER DRUM SONG-TONS OF NUMBERS; 12-14-58 DESTRY RIDES AGAIN-"GIP WATSON" & "I SAY HELLO"; DELORES GRAY; 5-10-59 BYE BYE BIRDIE scene w/ Paul Lynde, Susan Watson, Dick Gautier, etc -"ED SULLIVAN"-PAUL LYNDE,ETC.; 6-12-60 "PUT ON A HAPPY FACE"-DICK VAN DYKE; 11-13-60 DO RE MI-"MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY"-NANCY DUSSAULT; 1-1-60 WILDCAT-"HEY LOOK ME OVER"-LUCILLE BALL & PAULA STEWART; 8-6-61 CAMELOT-"CAMELOT"-RICHARD BURTON & JULIE ANDREWS; 3-19-61 GAY LIFE-BARBARA COOK & ELIZABETH ALLEN; 12-17-61 FAMILY AFFAIR-SHELLEY BERMAN; 2-11-62 SOUND OF MUSIC-"DO RE MI"-NANCY DUSSAULT; 11-4-62 LITTLE ME-"DEEP DOWN INSIDE"-SID CAESAR; 3-17-63 OLIVER-"I'LL DO ANYTHING" & "AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME"-GEORGIA BROWN; 2-9-64 TOMMY (Michael Cerveris & Cast) -FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW 5-93
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 3: 3/19/61 Richard Burton, Julie Andrews: Camelot; Burton: Act 1 final speech; 3/19/61 Robert Goulet: If Ever I Would Leave You; Andrews, Burton: What Do the Simple Folk Do?; 6/10/56 Carol Haney: (Neon Lights)?; 11/25/56 Rudolph Bing introduces Maria Callas, George London: Tosca; conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - 7/12/59 Carol Channing: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); 11/22/59 Carol Channing: 100 Easy Ways (Wonderful Town); 4/17/60 Patricia Neway - "To This We've Come" (scene from the musical "The Consul"); 1/29/61 Carol Channing: Show Girl; 5/28/61 Tammy Grimes: I Ain't Down Yet; Mitchell Gregg, Grimes: How Sweet to Do Nothing (Unsinkable Molly Brown) 3/25/62 Diahann Carroll: The Sweetest Sounds; Richard Kiley, Don Chastain, Bernice Massi, Alvin Epstein, Ann Hodges: Be My Host; Richard Kiley: No Strings; Diahann Carroll: Loads of Love (No Strings); 12/13/64 Robert Preston: Half the Battle (Ben Franklin in Paris); 4/18/65 Film Cast of Sound of Music: So Long, Farewell; 6/20/65 Cab Calloway: It Ain't Necessarily So (Porgy & Bess)- 2/7/71 Abe Burrows' Four on a Garden: Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, George S. Irving, Christine Lavren
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 4: FLORENCE HENDERSON-SOUTH PACIFIC-"WONDERFUL GUY"; TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN; ELAINE STRITCH-ON YOUR TOES-"YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME"; EARTHA KITT-NEW FACES OF 1952-SOME FRENCH SONG & "LOVE IS A SIMPLE THING"; PAT MORAN & COMPANY-WISH YOU WERE HERE; JOSH LOGAN TALKS ABOUT HIS MENTAL ILLNESS; JOHN RAITT-PAJAMA GAME-"HEY THERE"; JANIS PAIGE-PAJAMA GAME-"HERNANDOS HIDEAWAY"; JOHN RAITT-CAROUSEL-"SOLILOQUY"; JOHN MICHAEL KING-MY FAIR LADY-"ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE"; EDWARD MULHARE-MY FAIR LADY-"WHY CAN'T THE ENGLISH" & "I'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE"; CYRIL RICHARD-ALADDIN-"OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS BUT ONCE" & "COME TO THE SUPERMARKET"; ROBERT GOULET-CAMELOT="IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU"; RICHARD BURTON & JULIE ANDREWS-CAMELOT-"WHAT DO THE SIMPLE FOLK DO"; ROBERT GOULET-CAMELOT-"IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU"; CHITA RIVERA-BYE,BYE BIRDIE-"SPANISH ROSE"; TAMMY GRIMES-UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN-"I AIN’T DOWN YET"; PHIL SILVERS & NANCY WALKER -MANY SELECTIONS FROM DO RE MI; GEORGE GOBEL-LET IT RIDE-"EVERYONE LIVE IN HIS OWN LITTLE ISLAND"; DIAHANN CARROLL-NO STRINGS-"NO STRINGS" & "THE SWEETEST SOUNDS"; ANTHONY NEWLEY-STOP THE WORLD-"WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?"
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 5: FANNY-JOSH LOGAN INTRODUCES ENZIO PINZA & FLORENCE HENDERSON; OCT.2,1955 MOST HAPPY FELLA-"HAPPY TO MAKE YOU ACQUAINTANCE" & "BIG D"; OCT.28,1956 PAINT YOUR WAGON-"I TALK TO THE TREES"; MAR.3,1957 SOUND OF MUSIC-NUNS-"CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN’; DEC.20,1959 DESTRY RIDES AGAIN-DANCERS-WHIP DANCE; MAY 8,1960 CARNIVAL-ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI-"YES, MY HEART" & "HER FACE" WITH JERRY ORBACH; APR.16,1961 ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT-ANTHONY NEWLEY-"NOTHING CAN STOP ME NOW" & " WHO CAN I TURN TO"; MAY 30,1965 HALLELUJAH BABY-LESLIE UGGAMS-"BEING GOOD" & "HALLELUJAH BABY"; MAY 14,1967 MAME-JANE MORGAN-"IT'S TODAY"; DEC.15,1968 ZORBA-HERSCHEL BERNARDI-"LIFE IS"; FEB.23,1969 GOLDEN RAINBOW-STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE GORME- "GOLDEN RAINBOW"; MAR.30,1969 PROMISES, PROMISES-"IT'S TURKEY LURKEY TIME"; FEB.8,1970 LOOK TO THE LILIES-SHIRLEY BOOTH & AL FREEMAN,JR; APR.12,1970 THE ROTHCHILDS-HAL LINDEN; DEC.13,1970 Paolo Montalban and Brandee "Do I Love You Because You"re Beautiful" from Cinderella Then Rosie and the cast of "Forum" An extra special "Comedy Tonight"
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 6 2 hrs: TOVARICH: "Wilkes-Barre, PA" (VIVIEN LEIGH, BYRON MITCHELL), 5-12-63; THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER: "London is a Little Bit of All Right" (TESSIE O’SHEA); 12-22-63 GOLDEN BOY: "Don’t Forget 127th Street" (SAMMY DAVIS JR, JOHNNY BROWN), 11-15-64 DO I HEAR A WALTZ?" Title Song, "Take the Moment" (ELIZABETH ALLEN, SERGIO FRANCHI), 3-28-65; "Stay" (SERGIO FRANCHI), 11-30-69 FLORA THE RED MENACE: "All I Need is One Good Break," "Sing Happy"(LIZA MINNELLI), 5-23-65 PICKWICK: "If I Ruled the World" (HARRY SECOMBE, ROY CASTLE), 10-31-65 HENRY, SWEET HENRY: DON AMECHE introduces"Poor Little Person" (ALICE PLAYTEN), 10-29-67 WALKING HAPPY: Clog & Grog Dance, 12-4-66 ALADDIN: "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" (CYRIL RITCHARD), 3-9-58 LOVE LIFE: "Green-Up Time" (NANETTE FABRAY), 12-12-48 HIGH BUTTON SHOES: "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me" (NANETTE FABRAY), 12-12-48 LOVE LIFE: "Mr. Right" (NANETTE FABRAY), 1-16-49, WHERE'S CHARLEY?: "My Darling, My Darling" (DORETTA MORROW, BYRON PALMER), 1-23-49 ALL FOR LOVE: "No Time For Love" (PATRICIA WYMORE), 2-27-49. KISS ME KATE: "So in Love," "Wunderbar" (PATRICIA MORISON), 2-27-49 LEND AN EAR: "When Someone You Love Loves You" (Sung by GLORIA HAMILTON and ROBERT DIXON; Danced by ANTOINETTE GUHLKE and GENE NELSON), 1-23-49, KISS ME KATE: "Wunderbar," "Were Thine That Special Face" (PATRICIA MORISON), 4-10-49 SOUTH PACIFIC: "Younger Than Springtime" (WILIAM TABBERT), 7-10-49, TOUCH AND GO: "Miss Platt Selects Mate" (NANCY ANDREWS), 10-30-49, SHOW BOAT: "Bill" (CAROL BRUCE), 10-15-50 "New Sun in the Sky": ARTHUR PARTINGON & NORMA KAISER, dancers (both of CALL ME MADAM), 11-19-50, ALONG FIFTH AVENUE: "Irving" (NANCY WALKER), 11-26-50
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 7 1 hour: I DO, I DO!: Title Song, "My Cup Runneth Over," "I Love My Wife" (CAROL LAWRENCE & GORDON MacRAE), 12-3-67; "What is a Woman?"(CAROL LAWRENCE), 11-17-68; GWEN VERDON: "Nothing Can Stop Me Now," 12-10-67; JOEL GREY: Travelling Medley, 12-17-67; LIZA MINNELLI: "Life of the Party," 3-10-68; MAME: "It’s Today" (JANE MORGAN), "We Need a Little Christmas" (JANE MORGAN, HELEN GALLAGHER), 12-15-68 GWEN VERDON: Sheik Dance, 3-2-69 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: "Sunrise, Sunset" (HARRY GOZ), 2-23-69 CABARET: "Willkommen" (MARTIN ROSS), "Cabaret" (ANITA GILLETTE), 2-23-69 GOLDEN RAINBOW: "I’ve Gotta Be Me" (STEVE LAWRENCE), 3-30-69 STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE GORME: "Dear World," 3-30-69 GWEN VERDON: Frug-type dance, 6-1-69 GWEN VERDON: "It’s a Fine, Fine Day," 2-1-70
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 8: MAN OF LA MANCHA: Title Song (RICHARD KILEY, IRVING JACOBSON), "What Does He Want of Me" (JOAN DIENER); "The Impossible Dream" (KILEY), Finale (DIENER, ROBERT ROUNSEVILLE, CO.) 2-20-66 A TIME FOR SINGING: "Let Me Love You" (SHANI WALLACE, 5-29-66) ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: "I Got the Sun in the Mornin'" (ETHEL MERMAN, 9-25-66) SWEET CHARITY: "I'm a Brass Band" (GWEN VERDON, 10-2-66); "If My Friends Could See Me Now" (GWEN VERDON, JAMES LUISI, 3-5-67) HELLO DOLLY! "Before the Parade Passes By" (GINGER ROGERS, 1-22-67) HELLO DOLLY! "Before the Parade Passes By" (PEARL BAILEY, 12-10-67) ILLYA DARLING: "Piraeus, My Love" (MELINA MERCOURI), "Illya Darling" (TITOS VANDIS, MELINA MERCOURI) 4-30-67 HOW NOW, DOW JONES: "Step to the Rear" (TONY ROBERTS, CHARLOTTE JONES, 1-14-68), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: Title Song, "Happiness" 10-6-68 HAIR: "Aquarius" & "Let the Sun Shine," 3-30-69 PAINT YOUR WAGON (Film): "I Talk to the Trees" (CLINT EASTWOOD, 10-5-69) GEORGE M! MEDLEY: Yankee Doodle Dandy/Harrigan/Over There (JOEL GREY, 5-19-68) PURLIE: "Purlie" (MELBA MOORE), "Walk Him Up the Stairs" (CLEAVON LITTLE, LINDA HOPKINS), 11-1-70, 1776: "Sit Down, John" (WILLIAM DANIELS, CO.), "Molasses to Rum" (JOHN CULLUM), & Finale 10-4-70 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade: Izzy, Kelsey "Frasier" Grammer "God Bless America," Shari Lewis "Hanukkah is Near" Horror The Madison Square Garden Production of "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" with Terence Mann, Ben Vereen as "Mitch"
BROADWAY ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW DISC 9: THE KING & I: "A Puzzlement" (YUL BRYNNER), 10-14-51 SOUTH PACIFIC: "Wonderful Guy" & "I'm Gonna Wash That Man" (JANET BLAIR, appearance by JOSH LOGAN), 5-17-53 SAY DARLING: "Say Darling" (VIVIAN BLAINE), "Something's Always Happening on the River" (DAVID WAYNE), 4-20-58 AN EVENING WITH BETTY COMDEN & ADOLPH GREEN: 16 min. segment including MEDLEY - Just in Time/The Party's Over/It's Love/NY, NY; Inspiration; Hook's Waltz; Never Land, 1-18-59 GOOD NEWS: "French Lesson" (GRACE KELLY & RALPH MEEKER) 10-18-53 JAMAICA: DANCERS, 2-8-59, BELLS ARE RINGING: "It's a Perfect Relationship" (SHEILA MacRAE), "I Met a Girl" (GORDON MacRAE), "Just in Time" & other bits of their act, 10-11-59, DONNYBROOK! "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny" (SUSAN JOHNSON, EDDIE FOY, JR), "Sez I" (JOAN FAGAN) 6-18-61 ETHEL MERMAN: "I'm Glad There is You" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made" 10-11-59 IRMA LA DOUCE: "From a Prison Cell" (ALFRED DRAKE), 7-30-61 MR. PRESIDENT: "Empty Pockets" (ANITA GILLETTE), 4-7-63, BEST FOOT FORWARD: "Just a Little Joint with a Jukebox" (LIZA MINNELLI & CO), 4-21-63 WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN: "A Room Without Windows" (STEVE LAWRENCE), 3-8-64 13 DAUGHTERS: DANCERS, 3-5-61 LIZA MINNELLI: "Together Wherever We Go" 5-24-64 I HAD A BALL: BUDDY HACKETT & ED; "I Had a Ball" (KAREN MORROW & CHORUS), 1-3-65 THE MAD SHOW: Skits, "Hate Song" (PAUL SAND, JOANNE WORLEY & Co) 1-23-66 EYDIE GORME: "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" 1-23-66 ETHEL MERMAN: "Some People," "You're Just in Love" (w/ GORDON MacRAE), 1-8-67 EYDIE GORME: "If He Walked Into My Life," 9-17-67
EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN IN THE MOON MARIGOLDS 1972 DIRECTED BY PAUL NEWMAN 1972 ~ (Drama/Made-For-TV) Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach, Judith Lowry, David Spielberg. Produced and directed by Paul Newman. "From the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for her life in the classified ads while all about her is the rubble of an unkempt house. All she needs is the right opportunity, she says puffing on a cigarette. Poorly equipped to survive the vagaries of modern life, she has nonetheless always managed to muddle through. Ruth, epileptic and making her way through the rebellious phase of adolescence, seems doomed to make the same mistakes as her mother. Quiet Matilda, on the other hand, seeks refuge in her animals and her schoolwork. "Jesus, don't you hate the world, Matilda?" Beatrice asks her youngest daughter. The title of the film is also the subject of Matilda's science project at school and serves as a metaphor for the way life affects each of us differently -- how some are able to find opportunity in adversity and thrive and how some succumb when the burden becomes too heavy. This is the story of slowly drowning and grasping desperately for a lifeline only to find that there's none there and you must save yourself." A
1996 ~ Las Vegas, NV
Michael Crawford. The best version of the show I have seen. Although it still suffers from some generational loss, it’s much better than anything that has surfaced before. It doesn’t appear to be the whole show as the camera gets turned on and off, but it appears to be almost complete. B
ELAINE STRICH AT THE LIBERTY 1 DVD HBO - PRO SHOT Date: 2004 Cast: Elaine Stritch Quality/Notes: Who knew this woman had SO many stories to tell. She's still got it. Rating: A+
ELECTRA 1 DVD 1998 ~ Broadway. Zoe Wanamaker, Claire Bloom, Pat Carroll, Michael Cumpsty, Stephen Spinella. The Donmar Warehouse transfer of Sophocles' classic, directed by David Leveaux. "As the Greeks prepared to war with Troy, King Agamemnon was prompted to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, in order to appease the gods. After returning home from battle victorious, he was himself murdered by his wife Clytemnestra, in a secret pact with her lover, Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus. Horrified, Iphigenia's sister Electra sent their young brother Orestes into hiding. As the play opens, many years have passed since these brutal killings took place, yet the memory of her father's bloody death is as fresh in Electra's mind as her desire for vengeance. Upon Orestes's unexpected return, events move swiftly". Well filmed from the balcony. Some generational loss. Disc also includes some TV reviews of the show. B+
ELEGLES, A SONG CYCLE 1 DVD NYC 4/17/03 NEW Elegies, A Song Cycle, Off-B'way, 4/17/03, Betty Buckley, Keith Byron Kirk, Christian Borle, CaroleeCarmello, Michael Rupert. Nice picture and sound. A
The Elephant Man
11/19/14 ~ Broadway, Revival
Bradley Cooper (John Merrick), Patricia Clarkson (Mrs. Kendal), Alessandro Nivola (Frederick Treves), Anthony Heald (Ross/Bishop How), Scott Lowell (Snork/Lord John), Kathryn Meisle (Miss Sandwich/Princess Alexandra). Nicely filmed from the orchestra section. Some heads occasionally appear in the frame, and some occasional spotlight washout. A-
ELF 1 DVD 11/17/12 Appleton, WI, Tour. Matt Kopec, Drew Pulver, Kate Hennies, Julia Louise Hosack, Connor Barth, Gordon Gray, Jen Bechter, Clyde Voce, Royce McIntosh. Beautiful High Definition capture. It looks like the filmer sat in about the fifth row from the stage, a little off to the side. A
ELF 1 DVD 1/15 Millburn, NJ James Moye, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Fahrner, Paul C. Vogt, Cleve Asbury, Sydney Brenton, Stephanie Cain. Presented by Paper Mill Playhouse. Beautifully filmed. A
ELF The Musical 1 DVD 12/23/17 Channel 5, UK-TV Ben Forster (Buddy), Liz McClarnon (Jovie), Joe McCann (Walter), Jessica Martin (Emily Hobbs), Louis Emerick. Filmed live before an audience on 12/20/17 at The Lowrey Theatre in Salford, UK. The disc also includes about 15 minutes of cast interviews and backstage footage. A
11/16/10 ~ Broadway
Sebastian Arcelus, Amy Spanger, Beth Leavel, George Wendt, Mark Jacoby, Michael McCormick, Michael Mandell, Matthew Gumley, Valerie Wright. Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good mix of close-ups and full stage shots. A
ELIZABETH THE QUEEN 1 DVD GEORGE SCHAEFER'S SHOWCASE THEATER TV SPECIAL 1968 75 MINUTES, VG PICTURE , SLIGHT GRAIN/DARKSH - JUDITH ANDERSON, CHARLTON HESTON AND OTHERS
ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY 1 DVD RARITIES 1991 80 MINS RARE interview — Elizabeth Montgomery did for the second audio track for her father's 1941 movie "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." In the 80 minute audio only interview she talks about the movie & her views on it but mostly about her & her father, his career, hers, Bewitched & personal views and anecdotes on her life. Also includes interview on "The Dennis Miller Talk Show," May 18, 1992; plus "Password Plus," Jan. 8 1979 with Elizabeth Montgomery and significant other Robert Foxworth.
ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY 1 DVD The Mike Douglas Show 90 mins November 4, 1966 - with time code. Elizabeth Montgomery Guest & Present for most of the show. Co-host is Cesar Romero; British comedy team Ullet & Hendra; David Merrick on Broadway’s "Holly Golightly," Abe Burrows; pre-teen rock band Gary & The Hornets; VG+. PLUS VERY RARE 1965 ABC Fall Preview Special with Elizabeth Montgomery & Dick York as Samantha & Darin as the Co-Hosts of the Special with additional ABC Bewitched Promos for Season 2 in them. Also featured - Inger Stevens, Forrest Tucker, Sally Field, Gene Barry, Burl Ives, Anne Francis, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Previews such series as "Twelve O’Clock High," "Legend of Jesse James" (Christopher Jones), "Man Called Shenandoah" (Robert Horton), "Farmer’s Daughter," "Ben Casey," "Combat," "McHale’s Navy," "F-Troop", "Peyton Place," "The Fugitive," "Ozzie & Harriet," "Patty Duke Show," "Gidget", "Big Valley," "Shindig," "Donna Reed Show," "Ok, Crackerby," "The Long Hot Summer," "The Flintstones," "Tammy," "Addams Family," "Honey West," "Jimmy Dean Show," "Lawrence Welk," "Hollywood Palace," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," G; plus CBS This Morning, Jan. 24, 1990 and May 12, 1992, Elizabeth Montgomery appearances plus Interview with Dennis Miller on his Talk show by Liz & Bob Foxworth.
ELOISE 1 DVD 1956 PLAYHOUSE 90 TV MUSICAL 112 MINUTES, WITH RICHARD JOY, KAY THOMPSON, EVELYN RUDIE, HANS CONREID, LOUIS JORDAN, ETHEL BARRYMORE, CONRAD HILTON, INGER STEVENS AND MANY OTHERS = BLK AND WHITE - VG WITH SLIGHT GRAIN
EMBEDDED 1 DVD 2005 ~ New York Tim Robbins, Brent Hinkley, Kate Mulligan, Lolly Ward, Steven M. Porter, Jay R. Martinez. "Embedded is a ripped-from-the-headlines satire about the madness surrounding brave men and women on the front lines of a Middle East conflict. It skewers lapdog embedded journalists, scheming government officials and the media's insatiable desire for heroes. Beautifully captured (by 9 cameras) directly from the controversial Tim Robbins' play in New York City, Embedded Live puts the audience in the front-row to this thought-provoking and timely production". A
EMMA 1 DVD 2011 (AKA Jane Austin’s Emma) 2/20/11 ~ San Diego, CA Patti Murin (Emma Woodhouse), Adam Monley (Mr. Knightly), Will Reynolds (Frank Churchill), Adam Daveline (Robert Martin). Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon. Directed by Jeff Calhoun. Presented at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. "Emma, a beautiful and clever young woman who prides herself on her matchmaking ability, is preoccupied with romance yet is clueless to her own feelings of love. When she takes on a young friend as her latest project, her well-intentioned efforts misfire, leading to a whirlwind of complications — and ultimately, true love". The first minute or so of each act is blacked out, but the rest of the show is intact. One head blocks a small portion of the front of the stage, it's a little more noticeable in act two, but it's worked around fine and never blocks the action. There's also a bit of spotlight washout in some of the wider shots. Very steady filming with a mix of wide shots, and close-ups. A-
ENCHANTED APRIL 1 DVD B'way, 6/1/03, Michael Cumpsty, Jayne Atkinson, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Hayden, Molly Ringwald, straight play, very funny, shot from 2nd row mezzanine, A-
ENCORES 10th ANNIVERSARY BASH 1 DVD 11/24/02 ~ Broadway. Tyne Daly, Brent Barrett, Kristin Chenoweth, Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Norm Lewis & many others. Shot from the balcony. Occasional heads in the way, filmed around them as best as possible. Very fun show, with songs from all of the past Encores productions. A-
END OF THE RAINBOW 1 DVD 2/22/12 – Tracie Bennet (Judy Garland), Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey.
END OF THE RAINBOW 1 DVD 1/29/2012 ~ Minneapolis, MN. Tracie Bennett, Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey, Jay Russell. Beautiful capture of the PreBroadway engagement production. Tracie does a magnificent job portraying Judy Garland. A very intimate portrait of the star and her sad downward spiral featuring many of her great songs; good video. A
ENEMIES 1 DVD - 1971 KCET TV - PRO SHOT - STARRING NED GLASS, SAM JAFFEE (CITIZEN KANE) - 45 minutes - crystal -
ENRON 1 DVD 5/6/10 ~ Broadway Norbert Leo Butz, Marin Mazzie, Jordan Ballard, Brandon Dirden, Rightor Doyle, Anthony Holds, Gregory Itzin, Ty Jones, Ian Kahn, Stephen Kunken, January LaVoy, Tom Nelis, Madisyn Shipman, Jeff Skowron, Mary Stewart Sullivan, Lusia Strus, Noah Weisberg. "Enron follows the astounding rise and fall of the Enron corporation. The Texas-based energy company ascended to great heights (and a staggering stock price) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001 amid one of the largest financial scandals in history. By focusing on the transformation of the company’s president Jeffrey Skilling—from intelligent schlub to charismatic leader—the show illustrates how the whole mess unfurled. Other real-life players, such as Enron CEO Kenneth Lay and CFO Andy Fastow, are highlighted in this play with music, and some of their dialogue is true to life as well. If you’ve ever wondered how Enron managed to deceive its 20,000 employees, Wall Street and the public, this show will explain it all to you in a way that does not at all resemble a boring lecture". The show opened in London on July 11, 2009 with modest success, before transferring to Broadway 4/8/10. It didn’t do as well in New York and closed after just 16 performances. Nicely filmed from the balcony. Disc also includes reviews and previews and backstage footage. A
The Entertainers: Rita Moreno and Bruce Forsyth 1 DVD 1976 BBC-TV. Rita Moreno and Bruce Forsyth combine music and comedy including a blues medley and parodies of famous movies. With Jack Parnell's orchestra. A-
EPIC PROPORTIONS 1 DVD THE PLAY 1999 ~ Broadway Kristen Chenoweth, Jeremy Davidson, Alan Tudyk, Ross Lehman This is shot from the Upper mezzanine of the Helen Hayes, and even though it's an intimate house, there are still white outs, but not as bad as you might think. B-
EQUUS 2 DVD BROADHURST THEATER BROADWAY 12/16/08 Daniel Radcliffe, richard griffiths, PLUS THEATER TALK ON PBS 26 minutes11/1/08, pro fan shot, excellent picture, no real clsoe ups but close
Escape To Margaritaville - 5/18 ~ Broadway - Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward. Well filmed from the balcony, with no issues. A
EUREKA! 1 DVD 2004 ~ Australia. Ian Stenlake, Rachel Beck, Amanda Muggleton, Michael Cormick, Simon Gleason, Nance Hayes. Eureka! Is based on the Ballarat gold rush, with music by Michael Harvey. Multi-camera, pro-shot for video. A
EVENING PRIMROSE 1 DVD ABC TV SPECIAL 11/19/66 Starring: Anthiny perkins Chamian Carr, A rare television find, Evening Primrose is a 1966 musical that aired on ABC Stage 1967. music and lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim.
EVER SINCE THE DAY 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 10 Dec. 24, 1953. Robert Stack, Audrey Totter, Edward Arnold, Ron Randell
EVERYDAY RAPTURE 1 DVD 4/20/09 Cast: Sherie Rene Scott, Eamon Foley, Lindsay Mendez, Betsy Wolfe. Show Location: American Airlines Theatre. *Disc Also Includes About 30 Minutes of Interviews & Behind The Scenes Features Excellent capture and excellent performances. 16:9 Widescreen (A)
EVIL DEAD I and II 1 DVD Toronto, Canada The Musical: Adapted from Sam Paimi’s Evil Dead movies. Pro shot, using multiple cameras "For promotional use. Not for duplication" appears occasionally at the bottom of the screen. Everyone I know thinks it is hysterical! Fun show. A+
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL 1 DVD 9/13/2014 ~ Madison, WI. David Sajewich, Callie Johnson, Demi Zaino, Creg Sclavi, Julie Baird, Jessica Kingsdale, Andrew Di Rosa, Ryan McBride. Excellent HD capture with no obstructions of the 2014 National Tour. Campy slasher musical based on the 1981 movie. A
EVITA 1 DVD Hamilton Theatre, Hamilton, Canada, May 2014, pro-shot, Mariah Loaker (Eva), Eric Charters (Che), Matt Moore (Juan Peron), Dustin Jodway (Magaldi), Melissa Todd (Mistress), A
EVITA 1 DVD 3/14/12 Magdeburg, Germany; Broadway Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, Michael Cerveris, Max von Essen, Rachel Potter, Maya Jade Frank. Great Capture of the due Broadway transfer from London. Elena is a great Evita, the addition of Michael, Ricky and Max are excellent. A lavish and well executed Evita that was due for a date with Broadway. A
2010 ~ UK Tour
Mark Powell, Mark Heenehan, Abigail Matthews, Nic Gibney. This is the tour based on the successful 2006 London revival (and the forthcoming 2012 Broadway revival with Ricky Martin). Beautifully filmed and crystal clear with no obstructions. A
EVITA 1 DVD SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS 8/17/08 Julia Murney (Eva), Eric Kunze (Che), Scott Blanks (Peron). 100% crystal clear, brief cover ups. Fantastic capture overall
EVITA 1 DVD 3/26/07 Original London Revival Cast -
Elena Roger, Philip Quast, Matt Rawle, Greg Castiglioni, Lorna Want. Filmed at the closing night performance. Finally a great video of this amazing production. Very well filmed, but occasional heads appear in the bottom of the shot. Great close ups. A- final performance
6/26/97 ~ Hamburg, Germany
Complete production in English. European Tour. Sara Carr-George, James Sbaro, Jeff Austin, Scott Hayward, Zoe Abbott. Great quality video. B+
EVITA 1 DVD 1980, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinking, decent for its age, one of the best copies out there and in color, B+
EXCLUSIVE 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 29 Apr. 3, 1957 Phyllis Kirk, Everett Sloane
FABRIC OF A MAN 1 DVD Los Angeles 1/1/04 Pro-Shot, Scottish Rite Theatre. Playwright David Talbert has become well-known for his inspirational, Gospel-music infused dramas, and "Fabric" emerged as Talbert's most critically acclaimed hit, winning 13 NAACP Awards and drawing great audience approval during its initial LA run. The plot of the romantic drama revolves around an ambitious fashion designer who is in love with a rich stockbroker, when he happens to meet a beautiful poor tailor. Darrin Henson, Clifton Powell, Dominique Majors. A+
FABULOUS LADIES OF THE NEW YORK CABARET 1 DVD Chita Rivera, Margaret Whiting, Lainie Kazan VHS Dup 90 minutes, excellent picture and close ups
THE FACE 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 27 March 29, 1956 Dale Robertson, Mala Powers
FACE THE MUSIC - ENCORES! 1 DVD 4/1/2007 ~ New York. Judy Kaye, Walter Bobbie, Lee Wilkof, Jeffry Denman, Meredith Patterson, Mylinda Hull, Eddie Korbich, Felicia Finley, Chris Hoch, Timothy Shew. Well filmed, but occasional heads appear at the bottom of the screen. Filmer does a good job of shooting around them. A
FAITH HEALER 1 DVD Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones, Ian McDiarmid, great close-ups and great sound, includes NY1 reviews and reports, excellent video, A+
FALSETTOS 1 DVD Live From Lincoln Center 10/27/17 PBS-TV. Stephanie J. Block (Trina), Christian Borle (Marvin), Andrew Rannells (Whizzer), Anthony Rosenthal (Jason), Brandon Uranowitz (Mendel), Betsy Wolfe (Cordelia), Tracie Thoms (Dr. Charlotte). The 2016 Broadway Revival of William Finn's Tony-winning musical. It tells the story of Marvin, a Jewish family man who leaves his wife and son for a male lover during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York City. Multi-camera, pro-shot from the Lincoln Center Theatre. A
FALSETTOS 1 DVD 1993 ~ Los Angeles, CA. Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Carolee Carmello, Barbara Walsh, Andrew Harrison Leeds, Chip Zien. This production featured the original Off-Broadway cast. Nicely filmed, with great close-ups. No obstructions. Surprisingly good for being an older show. A-
FAME 1 DVD NT 1/27/99 Gavin Creel (Nick Piazza), Jennifer Gambatest (Serena Katz), Jose Restrepo (Joe Vegas), Natasha Rennalis (Carmen Diaz), Dioni Michelle Collins (Mabel Washington), Amy Ehrlich (Grace Lamb).
FANTASTIC WORLD OF MICHAEL CRAWFORD 1 DVD 1996 ~ BBC-TV. "This documentary tells the extraordinary story of Michael Crawford's life and celebrates his rise to international stardom. The film takes you on a journey from humble beginnings in Salisbury.
THE FANTASTIKS 1964 10/18/1964 ~ TV Musical Hallmark Hall of Fame musical production starring John Davidson, Stanely Holloway, Bert Lahr, Ricardo Montalban and Susan Watson. A great pristine copy of this rare TV musical. A
FANTASTIKS 1 DVD tv 10/18/64 (Hallmark Hall of Fame) (w/ Bert Lahr & Ricardo Montalban)
FAR EAST 1 DVD 5/20/01 PBS-TV. Michael Hayden, Lisa Emery, Miou, Bill Smitrovitch, Jo Yang. Based on the play by A. R. Gurney. Far East was first produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts in July 1998. It premiered Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in January 1999. Michael Hayden recreates his role here, as does most of the original cast. "Set in 1954, Far East is the story of a young Naval officer, who is the heir to a Milwaukee beer fortune, on tour of duty in occupied Japan. He becomes trapped between his love for a beautiful Japanese woman and his family's value system, which he is trying to escape. With clever echoes of Madame Butterfly and From Here to Eternity, tensions mount at the collision of East with West, past with present, and duty with passion in this beautifully-crafted play". (At the time of the filming, Michael Hayden was appearing in Cabaret on Broadway, so for the 9 days of the shoot, he would be filming during the day, and performing in Cabaret at night). Presented as part of the PBS series "Stage On Screen". 90 minutes. A
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD 1 DVD 8/25/2005 ~ Edinburgh, Scotland. Phillipa Biggs (Bathshaba), Tommie Hart (Troy), Nick Phillips (Mr. Boldwood), Andrew Short (Gabriel), Lisa Jane (Fanny), Morgan Carberry (Temperance), Kate Chapman (Soberness), Jenna Dykes (Liddy), Natalie Toyne (Mrs. Coggan), HR Bradford (Pennywise), Niel Campbell (Jan Coggan), Steven Struthers (Henery), Aiden Currie (Joseph). Presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. This is a musical version of the Thomas Hardy
Fatal Judgement 1 DVD 1988 (Drama/Biography/Made-For-TV). Patty Duke, Joe Regalbuto, Tom Conti, Dana Gladstone. "Based on the novel "Fatal Dosage," which tells the true story of a Boston nurse who was accused of giving a fatal dose of morphine to a terminally ill patient". B+
FAT PIG 1 DVD THE PLAY 2/14/04 Andrew McCarthy, Keri Russel, Jeremy Pivin. Nice capture. A Broadway
FATE TRAVELS EAST 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 30 Mar. 13, 1957. Linda Darnell, Craig Stevens, Sheb Wooley
FAVORITE SON 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 38 June 16, 1955. William Gargan, Anita Louise, Sammy Ogg
FELA 1 DVD OFF BROADWAY 10/5/08 10.5.08. NYC SAHR NGAUJAH, ABENAKI KOOMSON AND SPARLA SWA FINAL DAYS OF OFF BROADWAY RUN. GOOD VIDEO. (A)
FELLOWSHIP LORD OF THE RINGS MUSICAL PARODY 1 DVD 12/11/04 Kelly Holden, Peter Vogt, Steve Purnick, Lisa Frederickson.
FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS 1 DVD BENEFIT Los Angeles 1/19/09 - 41 min. Davis Gaines, Rachel York, Jason Graae, Valerie Pettiford, Cathy Woo. Hosted by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, The Golden Girls…) in his own home, this benefit raised money for LA’s newest theatrical venue in a casual setting before invited guests. Marc’s house is packed with celebrities, and it’s fun to play "who’s who?" before the show starts. The five artists perform a mix of Broadway standards, and original music written just for the occasion About 45 minutes.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 12/29/15 ~ Broadway, Revival Danny Burstein (Tevye), Jessica Hecht (Golde), Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel), Samantha Massell (Hodel), Melanie Moore (Chava), Jenny Rose Baker (Shprintze), Hayley Feinstein (Bielke), Alix Korey (Yente), Adam Kantor (Motel), Ben Rappaport (Perchik), Nick Rehberger (Fyedka), Adam Dannheisser (Lazar Wolf). The first couple minutes of act two are blacked out, but the show is otherwise fully captured. There some heads at the bottom that can be seen occasionally, but they rarely affect the action. A little dark at times due to stage lighting, but overall a great video that’s well filmed from the balcony. A
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD PRE-WEST END CRUCIBLE THEATRE JANUARY 2007 Henry Goodman and Beverly Klein A+
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 2 DVD CRUCIBLE THEATRE JANUARY 2007 Pre-West End: Henry Goodman and Beverly Klein. Pro-shot in its Pre West End premiere. Great performances and great to see it before its Savoy Transfer. A+
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD BROADWAY 12/4/05 Harvey Fierstein, Rosie O’Donnell. Excellent video with very nice close-ups and great audio. A
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD BROADWAY 2/28/04 Alfred Molina, Randy Graff, Nancy Opel, Stephen Lee Anderson, David Ayers, Laura Michelle Kelly, Sally Murphy. Great! A
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD BROADWAY 1/31/04 Alfred Molina, Randy Graff, Nancy Opel, Stephen Lee Anderson, David Ayers, John Cariani, Nick Danielson, Philip Hoffman, Laura Michelle Kelly, Sally Murphy, Tricia Paoluccio, Robert Petkoff. Great video but sound only for last 10 min of act one; 1st generation from the master. A
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD 2000 ~ Tour. Theodore Bikel. Excellent
production with great performances. Nicely shot with slight generational
loss but nothing serious.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1 DVD 1967 Herschel Bernardi. From Majestic Theater
FIFTH OF JULY 1 DVD "AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS" PBS 1982 114 MINUTES, EXCELLENT PICTURE, RICHARD THOMAS, SWOOSIE KURTZ , JEFF DANIELS, CYNTHIA NIXON (SEX AND THE CITY FAME) Ken Talley is 32, strong, goodlooking and a Vietnam vet with both legs shot off seven years earlier. He is somewhat cynical. His lover Jed is bigger and stronger, a gardner, a good listener. On Independence Day 1977 Ken's home in Lebanon Missouri is visted by the others. Much of their past relationships, pre- and post-Vietnam, must be pulled up and examined before any of them can decide their future.
Finding Neverland - 2/25/17 ~ Los Angeles, Tour - Billy Harrigan Tighe (JM Barrie), Christine Dwyer (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies), Tom Hewitt (Charles Frohman/Hook), Crystal Kellogg (Mary Barrie), Karen Murphy (Mrs. du Maurier), Mitchell Wray (Peter Llewelyn Davies), Finn Faulconer (George Llewelyn Davies), Jordan Cole (Michael Llewelyn Davies), Colin Wheeler (Jack Llewelyn Davies), Dwelvan David (Mr. Henshaw), Matt Wolpe (Mr. Cromer), Victoria Huston-Elem (Miss Bassett), Lael Van Keuren (Miss Jones), Corey Rives (Albert), Thomas Miller (Elliot), Noah Plomgren (Lord Cannan), Dee Tomasetta (Peter Pan). This tour version of the show bears little resemblance to the Broadway production. Many of the scenes are different, as is the dialog, set, staging, costumes, etc. There are even a few brand new songs. Beautifully filmed from the balcony with no issues. A
FINDING NEVERLAND 2 DVD 3/15 ~ Broadway - Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Michelle Kelly, Carolee Carmello, Teal Wicks, Aidan Gemme, Christopher Richards, Sawyer Nunes, Alex Dreier. Beautiful HD capture of the First Broadway Preview with Matthew and Kelsey joining the cast. There were a lot of changes to this show compared to the ART PreBroadway production. A wonderful show in my opinion! A
FINDING NEVERLAND 1 DVD 9/3/14 ~ Cambridge, MA, Pre-Broadway, Jeremy Jordan (J.M. Barrie), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies), Carolee Carmello (Mrs. Du Marier), Michael McGrath (Charles Frohman), Jeanna De Wall, Aidan Gemme (Peter Llewelyn Davies), Alex Dreier (Michael Llewelyn Davies), Hayden Signoretti (Jack Llewelyn Davies), Sawyer Nunes (George Llewelyn Davies). Nicely filmed from the orchestra section using a High Definition camcorder. Heads appear at the bottom of the frame, but never get in the way. A
FINIAN'S RAINBOW 1 DVD BROADWAY 10/24/09 Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Chuck Cooper, Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Terri White, William Youmans. Excellent capture, up close and clear. A
FINIAN'S RAINBOW 2 DVD 3/28/09 Cheyenne Jackson, Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Phillip Bosco, Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Jim Norton, first 20 minutes or so shot from 3/29/09, overall a good DVD as City Center isn't the easiest place to shoot in so there are heads at the bottom of the screen and it was filmed from very far back so it's not "crystal clear", A-.
2/12/94 ~ Encores, New York
Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Liz Calaway, Philip Bosco, Mike Burstyn, Marilyn Cooper, Greg Edelman, Jerry Zaks. Filmed through and around heads. Taper wanders from the action every so often. B-
FIRST WIVES CLUB 1 DVD 2/17/15 ~ Chicago. PreBroadway. Faith Prince, Carmen Cusack, Christine Sherrill, Sean Murphy Cullen, Gregg Edelman, Mike McGowen, Patrick Richwood. Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions of the first performance. The ladies did a wonderful job in their roles. The show ran very long, so there are sure to be cuts and changes before Broadway! A+
FIRST WIVES CLUB 1 DVD 8/09 7/30/09 ~ San Diego, CA, Karen Ziemba (Annie), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Elise), Barbara Walsh (Brenda), John Dossett (Aaron), Kevyn Morrow (Bill), Brad Oscar (Morty), Sara Chase (Trophy Wife), Sam Harris (Duane). The book is by Rupert Holmes, with a score by the "one-time only reunited" Brian Holland- Lamont Dozier- Eddie Holland songwriting team from 1960s Motown soul music fame (Among the hits they wrote: "Where Did Our Love Go?", "Baby Love", "Stop! In The Name Of Love", "Nowhere To Run", "I Hear A Symphony", "You Can’t Hurry Love", and tons of others). Presented at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, this was billed as a "world-premiere Broadway bound musical", but after bad reviews the producers fired the director, and vowed to rework the show and postponed the idea of taking it to new York. Based on the smash-hit movie comedy and Olivia Goldsmith's bestselling novel. Former college friends reunite at middle-age and soon discover they share the same unhappy story - their ungrateful husbands careened into midlife by dumping them for younger women. Inspired by their renewed friendship, the three women band together and take back their lives in style! Recorded through the house camera, so it’s a stationary full-stage shot. A
7/13/13 ~ Broadway
Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez, Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest, Bryce Ryness. "When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?" Filmed from the balcony with a High Definition camcorder off to the side. Balcony railing visible in some shots. One short blackout to start, and then another 2 minute blackout about 20 minutes into the show. A-
FIRST YOU DREAM 1 DVD 6/12/00 Pro-shot video of the Christopher Reeve benefit with Julia Murney, Carolee Carmello, Marin Mazzie, Heather Headley, Bebe Neuwirth, Idina Menzel, Sherie Rene Scott, James Naughton, Sharon Laurence, Kristin Chenoweth and more. A
FIVE AFTER EIGHT 1 DVD 12/16/79 Off Broadway. Sally Funk, James Handakas, Dina Olstad, Arthur Sorenson, Barbera Walker. Very entertaining little show, filled with sketches and great music about the state of tourists in New York. This is a video of the final performance. A-.
FIVE FLIGHTS 1 DVD 1/21/2004 ~ Off-Broadway. Alice Ripley, Joanna P. Adler, Kevin Karrick, Jason Butler. "Adam Bock's Five Flights is a tale of an aviary built by a widowed husband who sends his children on a search for spiritual answers. An eclectic cast of characters flash in and out of flights of fancy in five captivating acts. Kent Nicholson directs." Presented at New York's Rattlestick theatre. Nicely filmed, some slight generational loss. Slight buzzing throughout. B+
THE FIX 1 DVD 4/30/97 ~ London. Mostly close-ups. Filmed through something to hide camera. Occasional static. C+
FIVE FORTY-EIGHT 1 DVD TV SPECIAL Broadway Theatre Archive) Tony-Award winning playwright Terrence McNally ("Love! Valour! Compassion!") adapted this short story by John Cheever for the Broadway stage. With haunting eloquence, director James Ivory (A Room With a View) presents the story of a philandering executive who is stalked by an unstable former secretary whom he seduced and then fired. Stars: Mary Beth Hurt and Laurence Luckinbill. 1979, 58 min. PRO SHOT ---EXCELLENT PICTURE
FIVE FORTY-EIGHT 1 DVD (Broadway Theatre Archive) (1979) Actors: Laurence Luckinbill, Mary Beth Hurt, Laurinda Barrett, Dale Hodges, Kathy Keeney Writers: John Cheever, Terrence McNally. Shown on Great Performances. Cheever's story concerns a philandering executive who is stalked by an unstable former secretary whom he seduced and then fired. (Original)
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE 1 DVD London 1/1/95 Pro shot. A
FLASHDANCE 1 DVD The Musical Liverpool, UK 2 DVD 1/31/09 UK Tour: Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Noel Sullivan, Bruno Langley, Bernie Nolan, Michael Conway, Simon Harvey, Gavin Spokes, Vas Constanti. Clear and steady picture with no obstructions and very few blackouts. The show features lots of big ensemble performances, captured nicely in widescreen. A-
FLOWER DRUM SONG 1 DVD Broadway 2/26/03 Broadway Revival Show. Cast: Lea Salonga, Jose Llana, Sandra Allen. Some head obstructions during first 10 minutes but nothing major. Good picture quality and sound. Includes BCEFA Speech at the end of the curtain call.
FLOWER DRUM SONG 1 DVD BROADWAY, PRO FAN SHOT, NICE CLOSE UPS
FOLLIES 1 DVD 9/18/11 Broadway, Revival. Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Rod Raines, Elaine Paige, Jayne Houdyshell, Rosalind Elias, Susan Watson, Terri White, Florence Lacey, Mary Beth Peil, Don Correia, Brian Shepard as (u/s) Young Ben, Christian Delcroix, Kirsten Scott, Lora Lee Gayer. Beautifully filmed from the balcony. Nice mix of close-ups and wider full stage shots. Heads appear in the very bottom of the screen, but aren’t in the way. Crystal clear. (NOTE: There were TWO versions of the show filmed on the same night-this is version 1). A
FOLLIES 1 DVD 5/13/11 Washington, DC. Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Rod Raines, Elaine Paige, Linda Lavin, Regine, Susan Watson, Terri White, Terrence Currier, Christian Delcroix, Rosalind Elias, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Lora Lee Gayer, Michael Hayes, Florencer Lacey, David Sabin, Kirsten Scott. Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good mix of close-ups and full stage shots. A
FOLLIES 1 DVD City Center Encores! 2/9/07 Victoria Clark, Mimi Hines, Jo Anne Worley, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Victor Garber, Michael McGrath. Complete show, awesome capture, superb. (A)
FOLLIES 2 DVD 6/1/01 ~ Broadway Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Gregory Harrison, Treat Williams, Polly Bergen, Betty Garrett. Great taping with nice zooms, very clear picture and good sound. A-
FOLLIES 1 DVD PAPERMILL THEATER 1998 Kaye Ballard, Dee Hoty, Donna McKechnie, Ann Miller, Phyllis Newman, Tony Roberts 130 minutes, pro fan shot, excellent picture, nice close ups
FOLLIES 1 DVD Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Rod Raines, Elaine Paige, Linda Lavin, Regine, Susan Watson, Terri White, Terrence Currier, Christian Delcroix, Rosalind Elias, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Lora Lee Gayer, Michael Hayes, Florencer Lacey, David Sabin, Kirsten Scott. Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good mix of closeups and full stage shots.
FOLLIES OF SUZY 1 DVD TV SPECIAL 10/23/54 "MAX LIEBMAN SPECTACULAR PRESENTS" WITH STEVE ALLEN, DICK SHAWN, CONNIE RUSSELL AND JEANEMARIE(1ST DRAMATIC APPEARANCE ON US TELEVISION) , CLIFF NORTON, TOM AVERA, HARRISON MUELLER, JEAN ELLIOT 90 MINUTES, BLK AND WHITE, VG PICTURE, SPONSERED BY OLDSMOBILE
FOOTLOOSE 1 DVD 5/14/99 Broadway. Jeremy Kushnier, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tom Plotkin, Catherine Cox, Stephen Anderson, Dee Hoty, Catharine Campbell, Adam Lefevre, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Gambatese. Very well done video that is missing the first few minutes of the opening dance number. Shot from the rear mezzanine, but the taper manages excellent zooms and captures all the action. A-
FOOTLOOSE 1 DVD 2006 London. Derek Hough (from "Dancing With The Stars" as Ren McCormack), Stephen McGann (Reverend Shaw Moore), Lorna Want (Ariel Moore). Recorded through the house camera, so it’s a stationary full-stage shot, with sound patched in directly from the sound board. A-
FOOTLOOSE 1 DVD 8/11 Beverly, MA. George Dvorsky (Reverend Shaw Moon), John Jeffery Martin (Ren McCormack), Maureen Brennan (Vi Moore), Matthew Dorsey (Willard), Gwen Hollander (Rusty). Produced by the North Shore Music Theatre. Filmed using one camera on a tripod, with audio patched in directly from the sound board. Beautiful clarity-looks like it was probably filmed with a High-Definition camera. Presented "in-the-round". Recorded at the final dress rehearsal, so there is no audience present. Disc also includes a 3 minute montage which was used for media and promotion. A
FOOTLOOSE 2 DVD THE PLAY 2011 ~ UK Tour Max Milner, Carys Gray, Steven Pinder, Karen Ascoe, Lorna Want, Matt Willis. A magnificent capture in 16:9 wide-screen with no obstructions or black-outs. Fantastic production. A+
FOOTNOTE ON A DOLL 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 15 Apr. 24, 1957 Bette Davis, Natalie Schafer, John Hudson
FORGET ME NOT LANE 1 DVD THEATRE IN AMERICA Forget-Me-Not Lane 1975 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tom Hulce, Donald Moffat
FOR VALUE RECEIVED 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 34 Feb. 18, 1954. Peter Lawford, James Whitmore, Marie Windsor, Lee Aaker
FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD 1 DVD 1999 ~ San Francisco, CA Christine Pedi, Susan Blakeslee
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENOUGH 1 DVD Pro-shot Alfre Woodard, Lynn Whitfield A
FOR THE USE OF THE HALL 1 DVD PRO SHOT PBS Oliver Hailey's absurdist comedy concerns the relationships between a poor heiress, a disenchanted nun, a suicidal playwright and his wife, an art forger, and a mother who wants to outlive her children. As the lives of the characters collide, hilarious -- and surprisingly poignant -- insight into the human condition is revealed. Sublime production stars Joyce Van Patten, Susan Anspach, Barbara Barrie, Aline MacMahon, and George Furth. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY STRIKES BACK 1 DVD OFF BROADWAY 1996 Bryan Batt, Mathew Ward, Donna English, Christine Pedi. Very clear pro-videotaping of the clever send-ups of Broadway show. Good close-ups and some funny stuff. A
FORD THEATER "TV'S GOLDEN AGE" 38 DVD ULTIMATE COLLECTION… menu with show select — blk and white - overall excellent picture - most sharp & crisp… DISC 1: THE LIE June 5, 1957. Cesar Romero, Betty Field, Gigi Perreau, Louis Lettieri, Pamela Beard; THE QUIET STRANGER Jan. 9, 1957. George Montgomery, Forrest Tucker, Bobby Clark; A SET OF VALUES Dec. 29, 1955. Edward G. Robinson, Ann Doran, Paul Fix, Tommy Cook; PANIC June 14, 1956. Ruth Roman, George Macready, Philip Carey;
FORD THEATER DISC 2: A SMATTERING OF BLISS Nov. 17, 1955. Betty Garrett, Larry Parks, Joi Lansing; MOMENT OF DECISION; THE MUMBYS June 23, 1955. Edgar Buchanan, Jane Darwell, Willard Parker; MARRIAGEABLE MALE Feb. 25, 1954. Jack Lemmon, Ida Lupino, Phillip Terry;
FORD THEATER DISC 3: SHADOW OF TRUTH Oct. 14, 1954. Keefe Brasselle, Marjorie Lord, Thomas Mitchell, Sidney Blackmer; THE POLICY OF JOE ALADDIN May 12, 1955. Brian Donlevy, Bobby Van, Gale Robbins; JOHNNY, WHERE ARE YOU? Nov. 3, 1955 Gale Storm, Keith Andes; GARRITY’S SONS Mar. 24, 1955 (by Rod Serling). Rory Calhoun, May Wynn, Vince Edwards, James Bell
FORD THEATER DISC 4: HOUSE OF GLASS Mar. 26, 1957. Lyle Bettger, Joan Caulfield; THE KILL May 17, 1956. Macdonald Carey, Marilyn Erskine, John Crawford, Tom McKee; CROSS HAIRS June 12, 1957. James Daly, Ann Sheridan, John Beradino, James Griffith; THE FUGITIVES Jan. 7, 1954 Barry Sullivan, Anita Louise, Raymond Burr;
FORD THEATER DISC 5: LUCKY TOMMY JORDAN Feb. 4, 1954 (#58). Will Rogers Jr, Kevin McCarthy, Paula Raymond; YOUR OTHER LOVE Feb. 23, 1956. Joan Fontaine, Warren Stevens, June Vincent; HEART OF GOLD Dec. 25, 1952. Edmund Gwenn, Anita Louise, Tommy Rettig, George Reeves; HANRAHAN Mar. 31, 1955. Cecil Kellaway, Arthur Franz, Elsa Lanchester, Kathryn Grant Crosby;
FORD THEATER DISC 6: BLACK JIM HAWK Oct. 31, 1956. John Derek, Marcia Henderson, Paul Petersen, George Keymas; MRS. WANE COMES TO CALL Jan. 30, 1957. Phyllis Kirk, Arthur Franz, Peggy Webber; THE MARRIAGE PLAN Dec. 12, 1956. Eddie Bracken, Mona Freeman, Donald McBride; CARDBOARD CASANOVA May 26, 1955. Ricardo Montalban, Hillary Brooke, Dick Foran, Lucy Marlow;
FORD THEATER DISC 7: THE PEOPLE VERSUS JOHNSTON June 25, 1953. Paul Muni, Adele Jergens, Rex Reason; THE MING LLAMA Nov. 12, 1953. Howard Duff, Angela Lansbury, Horace McMahon, Leo Gordon; AS THE FLAME DIES Nov. 19, 1953. Barry Sullivan, Sylvia Sidney, Richard Webb; DOUBLE BET Nov. 26, 1953. Laraine Day, Richard Egan, Marsha Hunt;
FORD THEATER DISC 8: SEGMENT Oct. 21, 1954. William Bendix, Rosemary DeCamp, Ward Bond, Joanne Woodward; REMEMBRANCE DAY June 21, 1956. Thomas Mitchell, Dan Barton, Mary Ellen Kaye; THE LADY IN HIS LIFE Apr. 19, 1956. Ricardo Montalban, Dick Foran, Jane Nigh; THE WOMAN AT FOG POINT Apr. 14, 1955 Charles Bickford, Lamont Johnson, Joan Camden;
FORD THEATER DISC 9: NEVER LEND MONEY TO A WOMAN Jan. 19, 1956. Anna Maria Alberghetti, Keefe Brasselle, Roger Smith; INDIRECT APPROACH June 24, 1954. Corinne Calvet, Robert Stack, William Edythe; MILLER’S MILLIONS May 22, 1957. Thomas Mitchell, Otto Kruger, Richard Webb; YOURS FOR A DREAM Apr. 8, 1954 Joanne Dru, Mike Connors, S.Z. Sakall;
FORD THEATER DISC 10: THE LAST 30 MINUTES Mar. 18, 1954. Arthur Franz, Martha Vickers, George Macready, John Hamilton; PARIS EDITION Oct. 17, 1956. Jack Carson, John Beradino, Valerie French, Philip Van Zandt; EVER SINCE THE DAY Dec. 24, 1953. Robert Stack, Audrey Totter, Edward Arnold, Ron Randell; TOMORROW’S MEN Oct. 29, 1953 (#44). Pat O'Brien, John Derek, Ann Doran, John Eldredge;
FORD THEATER DISC 11: GARRITY’S SONS Mar. 24, 1955 (by Rod Serling). Rory Calhoun, May Wynn, Vince Edwards, James Bell (ALSO ON 3); TOUCH OF SPRING Feb. 3, 1955. Gene Barry, Irene Dunne, Kathryn Grant Crosby; REMEMBER TO LIVE Nov. 4, 1954 Dane Clark, Barbara Hale, Judy Nugent; TOO OLD FOR DOLLS Feb. 24, 1955. Natalie Wood, Laraine Day, Tab Hunter, Franchot Tone;
FORD THEATER DISC 12: LIFE, LIBERTY AND ORREN DOOLEY Oct. 2, 1952. Pilot. Will Rogers Jr., Marguerite Chapman, John Agar; SUNK Nov. 20, 1952. Charles Bickford, Kevin McCarthy; CROSSED AND DOUBLE CROSSED Dec. 11, 1952. Louis Hayward, Mercedes McCambridge; SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN Dec. 18, 1952. Bruce Bennett, Laraine Day, Virginia Field, Virginia Bruce;
FORD THEATER DISC 13: MODEL WIFE Dec. 26, 1956. Ralph Bellamy, Felicia Farr, Pat Conway; CELEBRITY Mar. 17, 1955. Dennis Morgan, Joanne Dru, Richard Eyer; THE TRESTLE June 11, 1953. Maureen O'Sullivan, Philip Carey, Tim Considine;
FORD THEATER DISC 14: SHEILA May 24, 1956. Irene Dunne, Elinor Donahue, Philip Ober; THE CLAY PIGEON May 31, 1956. Robert Sterling, Wayne Morris, Tom Tully; A PAST REMEMBERED June 28, 1956. William Bendix, Joan Banks, Roger Smith; THE MAN ACROSS THE HALL Mar. 20, 1957. Robert Sterling, Vera-Ellen, Eddie Ryder;
FORD THEATER DISC 15: ON THE BEACH April 12, 1956. Richard Denning, Irene Dunne; THE JEWEL May 28, 1953. Paul Henreid, Marjorie Lord, Paul Langton, Ivan Triesault; FOOTNOTE ON A DOLL Apr. 24, 1957. Bette Davis, Natalie Schafer, John Hudson; DAUGHTER OF MINE Oct. 7, 1954. Margaret O'Brien, Pat O'Brien, Maureen O’Sullivan;
FORD THEATER DISC 16: MANTRAP Jan. 28, 1954. Shelley Winters, William Bishop, Jerry Paris, Ross Elliott; NIGHT VISITOR Apr. 29, 1954. Arthur Kennedy, Lee J. Cobb, Martha Vickers, Ernest Borgnine; DESPERATION June 19, 1957. Teresa Wright, Kevin McCarthy, William Bishop;
FORD THEATER DISC 17: THE ALIBI Apr. 26, 1956. Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Medina, Karin Booth, John Huyt, Nancy Hadley; SINGAPORE Apr. 17, 1957. Paulette Goddard, Charles Korvin, Rex Reason; AS THE FLAME DIES Nov. 19, 1953. Barry Sullivan, Sylvia Sidney, Richard Webb (ALSO ON DISC 8);
FORD THEATER DISC 18: LADY IN THE WIND Oct. 20, 1955. Teresa Wright, Claude Dauphin, Kerwin Mathews; GIRL IN FLIGHT Dec. 2, 1954. Joan Leslie, Tom Drake, John Qualen; MEASURE OF FAITH Oct. 24, 1956. Lew Ayres, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef; MARGIN FOR FEAR Feb. 19, 1953 (pilot for a projected TV series titled "Manhunt"). Broderick Crawford, Mari Aldon, Elisha Cook, Harry Harvey, Tyler McVey;
FORD THEATER DISC 19: THE PAYOFF May 3, 1956. Howard Duff, Janet Blair, John Hart, Michael Fox; ONE MAN MISSING June 9, 1955. Jane Greer, Ellen Drew, Audrey Totter, Richard Webb; MAN WITHOUT FEAR Mar. 1, 1956. Joseph Cotten, Raymond Bburr, Angela Greene;
FORD THEATER DISC 20: THE MASON-DIXON LINE June 10, 1954. (#76) Peter Lawford, Craig Stevens, Merry Anders; SUNDAY MOURN Apr. 21, 1955. Brian Keith, Marilyn Maxwell, John Bromfield, Wallace Ford; TRY ME FOR SIZE Jan. 26, 1956. Thomas Mitchell, James Gleason, Bobby Driscoll;
FORD THEATER DISC 21: BROKEN BARRIER Mar. 6, 1957. Macdonald Carey, Marguerite Chapman, Dick Foran; WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Apr. 28, 1955. Claudette Colbert, Tab Hunter, Patric Knowles, Eileen Jensen; TIN CAN SKIPPER Feb. 2, 1956. Phyllis Kirk, Scott Brady, John Hoyt, William Leslie; A KISS FOR SANTA Dec. 22, 1955. Gene Nelson, Virginia Field, Kathryn Grant Crosby, Bobby Clark;
FORD THEATER DISC 22: GOOD OF HIS SOUL Mar. 4, 1954 ("Lassie" pilot). Thomas Mitchell, John Beal, Tommy Rettig; THE LEGAL BEAGLES Nov. 25, 1954. Richard Denning, Laraine Day; RINGSIDE SEAT Feb. 13, 1957. Hugh O'Brian, Marilyn Erskine, Billy Chapin; DOUBLE TROUBLE March 22, 1956. Richard Denning, Brian Donlevy, Yvette Dugay;
FORD THEATER DISC 23: THE MAN WHO BEAT LUPO Feb. 27, 1957. Louis Jordan, Joanna Barnes, Rhodes Reason; STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE May 1, 1957. Stephen McNally, June Vincent, Peggy Knudsen; BENEATH THESE WATERS May 20, 1954. Ronald Reagan, John Baer, Peter Whitney, Art Gilmore;
FORD THEATER DISC 24: TOMORROW WE’LL LOVE Feb. 17, 1955. Larry Parks, Nicole Maurey, Eduard Franz; SECOND SIGHT Mar. 10, 1955. Merle Oberon, Philip Carey, Jane Darwell; AIRBORNE HONEYMOON Feb. 16, 1956. Jeanne Crain, John Hudson, Wally Brown;
FORD THEATER DISC 25: KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY May 27, 1954, pilot for "Father Knows Best." Robert Young, Ellen Drew, Sally Forrest, Gordon Gebert;
FORD THEATER DISC 26: THE SERMON OF THE GUN Jan 22, 1953. (#17) Macdonald Carey, K.T. Stevens, Stanley Andrews; LUCKY TOMMY JORDAN Feb. 4, 1954 (#58). Will Rogers Jr, Kevin McCarthy, Paula Raymond (ALSO ON DISC 5); THE MASON-DIXON LINE June 10, 1954. (#76) Peter Lawford, Craig Stevens, Merry Anders (ALSO ON DISC 20); TOMORROW’S MEN Pat O'Brien, John Derek;
FORD THEATER DISC 27: THE FACE March 29, 1956. Dale Robertson, Mala Powers; THE FUGITIVES Jan. 7, 1954. Barry Sullivan, Anita Louise, Raymond Burr (ALSO ON DISC 4); MAN WITHOUT FEAR Mar. 1, 1956. Joseph Cotten, Raymond Burr, Angela Greene (ALSO ON DISC 19); ON THE BEACH April 12, 1956. Richard Denning, Irene Dunne (ALSO ON DISC 15);
FORD THEATER DISC 28: 12 TO ETERNITY Oct. 27, 1955. Edward Arnold, Barbara Britton, Philip Carey, Paul Langton; ADVENTURE FOR HIRE June 26, 1957. Brian Keith, Pat O'Brien, Robert Brubaker; STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE May 1, 1957. Stephen McNally, June Vincent, Peggy Knudsen (ALSO ON DISC 23); BENEATH THE WATERS John Baer, Peter Whitney;
FORD THEATER DISC 29: THE LIE June 5, 1957. Cesar Romero, Betty Field, Gigi Perreau, Louis Lettieri, Pamela Beard (ALSO ON DISC 1); FOOTNOTE ON A DOLL Bette Davis, Natalie Schafer, John Hudson, Eleanor Audley; THIS IS MY HEART Jan. 15, 1953. Ruth Hussey, Mark Stevens; EXCLUSIVE Apr. 3, 1957. Phyllis Kirk, Everett Sloane.
FORD THEATER DISC 30 — NO MENU: ONE MAN MISSING - RICHARD WEBB; LADY IN THE WIND Oct. 20, 1955 Teresa Wright, Claude Dauphin, Kerwin Mathews (ALSO ON DISC 18); BROKEN BARRIER - MACDONALD CAREY, MARGUERETE CHAPMAN, DICK FORAN (IS ALSO REPEATED ON THIS DISC); FATE TRAVELS EAST Mar. 13, 1957. Linda Darnell, Craig Stevens, Sheb Wooley;
FORD THEATER DISC 31: JOURNEY BY MIDNIGHT Jan. 5, 1956. Louis Jourdan, Joy Page, Steven Ritch; DESPERATION June 19, 1957. Teresa Wright, Kevin McCarthy, William Bishop (ALSO ON DISC 16); MILLER’S MILLIONS May 22, 1957. Thomas Mitchell, Otto Kruger, Richard Webb (ALSO ON DISC 9); YOUR OTHER LOVE Feb. 23, 1956. Joan Fontaine, Warren Stevens, June Vincent;
FORD THEATER DISC 32: TO ANY SOLDIER Apr. 2, 1953. Edmond O'Brien, Horace McMahon, Don Gordon; MARGIN FOR FEAR Feb. 19, 1953 (pilot for a projected TV series titled "Manhunt"). Broderick Crawford, Mari Aldon, Elisha Cook, Harry Harvey, Tyler McVey (ALSO ON DISC 18); BLACK JIM HAWK Oct. 31, 1956. John Derek, Marcia Henderson, Paul Petersen, George Keymas (ALSO ON DISC 8); THE WOMAN WHO DARED Nov. 14, 1956. Laraine Day, Gene Barry, Kim Charney;
FORD THEATER DISC 33: THE MENACE OF HASTY HEIGHTS Nov. 21, 1956. Steve Cochran, Jean Hagen, Kent Taylor; WEDDING MARCH Apr. 22, 1954. Larry Parks, Arlene Dahl, James Craig, Lauren Chapin; A SEASON TO LOVE May 6, 1954. Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Sara Haden, Lee Van Cleef; THE KILL May 17, 1956. Macdonald Carey, Marilyn Erskine, John Crawford, Tom McKee (ALSO ON DISC 4);
FORD THEATER DISC 34: SINGAPORE Apr. 17, 1957. Paulette Goddard, Charles Korvin, Rex Reason (ALSO ON DISC 17); SUNDAY MOURN Apr. 21, 1955. Brian Keith, Marilyn Maxwell, John Bromfield, Wallace Ford (ALSO ON DISC 20); CATCH AT STRAWS Oct. 3, 1956. Ray Milland, Virginia Gibson, Eddie Foy Jr., Kerwin Mathews; FOR VALUE RECEIVED Feb. 18, 1954. Peter Lawford, James Whitmore, Marie Windsor, Lee Aaker;
FORD THEATER DISC 35: THE ALIBI Apr. 26, 1956. Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Medina, Karin Booth, John Huyt, Nancy Hadley (ALSO ON DISC 17); THAT EVIL WOMAN Mar. 15, 1956. Stephen McNally, Mari Blanchard, Robert Hutton, Sue England; A SET OF VALUES Dec. 29, 1955. Edward G. Robinson, Ann Doran, Paul Fix, Tommy Cook (ALSO ON DISC 1); CARDBOARD CASANOVA May 26, 1955. Ricardo Montalban, Hillary Brooke, Dick Foran, Lucy Marlow (ALSO ON DISC 6);
FORD THEATER DISC 36: NIGHT VISITOR Apr. 29, 1954. Arthur Kennedy, Lee J. Cobb, Martha Vickers, Ernest Borgnine (ALSO ON DISC 16); THE LIE June 5, 1957. Cesar Romero, Betty Field, Gigi Perreau, Louis Lettieri, Pamela Beard (ALSO ON DISC 1 & 29); MAGIC FORMULA Jan. 6, 1955. Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Ann Savage; SUDDEN SILENCE Oct. 10, 1956. Barbara Stanwyck, Jeff Morrow;
FORD THEATER DISC 37: WITH NO REGRETS Feb. 20, 1957. Ann Sothern, Louis Lettieri, Zina Provendie, Helen Wallace; TANGIER LADY Oct. 1, 1953. Patricia Medina, Scott Brady, Virginia Grey, Ben Wright; THE QUIET STRANGER Jan. 9, 1957. George Montgomery, Forrest Tucker, Bobby Clark (ALSO ON DISC 1); TIN CAN SKIPPER Feb. 2, 1956. Phyllis Kirk, Scott Brady, John Hoyt, William Leslie (ALSO ON DISC 21);
FORD THEATER DISC 38: A KISS FOR SANTA Dec. 22, 1955. Gene Nelson, Virginia Field, Kathryn Grant Crosby, Bobby Clark (ALSO ON DISC 21); HANRAHAN Mar. 31, 1955. Cecil Kellaway, Arthur Franz, Elsa Lanchester, Kathryn Grant Crosby (ALSO ON DISC 5); FAVORITE SON June 16, 1955. William Gargan, Anita Louise, Sammy Ogg; FRONT PAGE FATHER Dec. 5, 1956. Charles Bickford, Mae Clarke, Horace McMahon.
THE FOREIGNER 1 DVD B'way 12/4/04 Matthew Broderick, Frances sternhagen, kevin cahoon, byron jennings, lee tergeson
FOREVER PLAID 1 DVD The Movie 3/3/11 ~ PBS-TV A Daniel Reichard, Larry Raben, David Engel, Stan Chandler, David Hyde-Pierce. "Forever Plaid, one of Off-Broadway's most-popular and critically acclaimed musicals, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new special airing on public television stations. The feel-good musical, starring several members of the original Off-Broadway cast.
FOSSE 1 DVD 2001 PBS 2001 ~ Pro Shot A filmed Broadway production of a 1999 tribute that strings together acclaimed choreographer Bob Fosse's "greatest hits." Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, Eugene Fleming. Crystal clear. A
FOUR OF US 1 DVD WITH Ethel Merman, Ray Bolger (scarecrow from wizard of oz) , benny goodman, beatrice lilly, TV Special Bell Telephone Hour - 1/29/60, 60 minutes
FRANKENSTEIN 1 DVD 2012 ~ NT Live Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature, Benedict Cumberpatch as Victor, Naomie Harris, Karl Johnson, Andreea Padurariu. Danny Boyle's fantastic production in a very good capture of the simulcast. B+
FRANKENSTEIN 1 DVD 1/1/05 pro shot, very interesting. Shuler Hensley (The Creature), Ivan Rutherford (Victor Frankenstein), Rita Harvey (Elizabeth), JC Hoyt (Baron von Frankenstein). Not personally reviewed yet; the film is a demo of the show designed as a showcase for potential producers; professional quality video. A
FRANKENSTEIN The CBS Festival Of Lively Arts For Young People: Frankenstein - 1/9/86 ~ CBS-TV -- Chris Sarandon (The Creature), Carl Beck (Victor Frankenstein), Tom Kendall (Henry), Ollie Osterberg (Alphonse), Stephen Boe (De Lacy), Carol Nesbitt (Elizabeth), Wendy Lahr (Justine). A dramatization of Mary Shelley's classic horror story, taped on location on the stage of the Minneapolis Children's Theatre. 47 minutes, with commercials edited out. A
Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live In Leeds
3/19/11 ~ BBC-TV
Lacey Turner, David Harewood and Andrew Gower star in a spectacular live drama and music event - a contemporary interpretation of Mary Shelley's gothic horror story. Victor Frankenstein is marrying his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza, all the while knowing that the creature he created and rejected has vowed to return on his wedding night. Also, 12,000 people gathered at Kirkstall Abbey to share the big day and join the couple in a unique mass flash mob dance. Broadcast live for the BBC. About 90 minutes. A
FREAKY FRIDAY 1 DVD 2/7/17 San Diego, CA. Emma Hunton (Ellie), Heidi Blickenstaff (Katherine), Alet Taylor (Torrey), Julian Ramos (Wells), Eean Cochran (Parker), Jeannette Bayardelle (Ms. Meyers), Jake Heston Miller (Fletcher), David Jennings (Mike). Presented at La Jolla Playhouse. The filmer sat in the orchestra section, so he is at the same level as the stage. Well filmed. Occasionally shaky, but nothing too bad. A
FREAK-SEX-AHOLIC 1 DVD -- FREAK John Leguizamo - Comic and actor John Leguizamo brings life to a host of characters from his childhood -- particularly his immediate family -- in this hilarious semiautobiographical rant originally conceived as a one-man stage play. The filmed version directed by Spike Lee preserves all the fire and crazy flair of Leguizamo's imagination and the bizarre forces and fears that shaped his early view of the world. //// SEX-A-HOLIC- John Leguizamo-An adaptation of John Leguizamo's one-man Broadway production that explores subjects ranging from the history of Latino people to more personal topics such as his relationships with women and his complicated family dynamics. Leguizamo tells his story from childhood to fatherhood through the eyes of a myriad cast of characters, including his father, his friends and his lovers. 2 Shows on one DVD. A
FREDERICK LOWE : LET’S FACE THE MUSIC 1 DVD 1989 BBC Broadcast (with Colm Wilkinson and Patricia Routledge)
Freeman 10/9/77 PBS-TV. Louis Gossett Jr., Chip Lee, Pauling Meyers, Richard Ward, Dick Anthony Williams. "This drama deals with the sad division between what a man hopes for and what he achieves. In the title role, Dick Anthony Williams portrays a naïve, ambitious, recklessly optimistic man who finds himself in difficulty because of his unrealistic hopes". Directed by Tony-winner Lloyd Richards ("Fences"). A
THE FROGS 1 DVD BROADWAY 9/30/04 Nathan Lane, Roger Bart, John Byner, Daniel Davis. Great shot with excellent sound and good zooms; first generation from the master. A
FRONT PAGE FATHER 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 38 Dec. 5, 1956 Charles Bickford, Mae Clarke, Horace McMahon
FROST 1 DVD BROADWAY 4/7/07 Frank Langella, Michael Sheen; Excellent capture. Includes Playbill info and NY1 Reviews. A
Frozen - 5/3/18 ~ Broadway - Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Robert Creighton (Weselton). Nicely filmed from the balcony with a good blend of closeups and fuller stage shots. A
FROZEN 1 DVD 2/28/04 Broadway. Swoozie Kurtz, Brian O'Byrne, Laila Robins. Nicely filmed with great close-ups. Includes scanned Playbill info. A-
FROZEN 1 DVD Live 2016 Anaheim, CA. The dazzling theatrical interpretation of Disney’s global film phenomenon Frozen makes its debut at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park. Staged like a big Broadway show, with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and show-stopping production numbers. About an hour. A
THE FUGITIVES 1 DVD FORD THEATER DISC 4 Jan. 7, 1954 Barry Sullivan, Anita Louise, raymond burr
FULL MONTY 1 DVD LA 3/4/07
The Full Monty
6/06 ~ Wichita, KS
Greg Stone, Brian Emerson, Colin Isreal, Danny Stiles, Monte Wheeler, David A. White, Jessica Chesbro, Karen L. Robu, Audrie Neenan. A production of The Music Theatre Of Wichita. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Disc also includes several local television commercials for the show, and scanned Playbill information. A
FULL MONTY 1 DVD LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA David Engel, John Bisom, John Massey Jr, Kevin McMahon, James Leo Ryan, Tami Tappan-Damiano, Tracy Lore, Mary Jo Catlett. A production of Musical Theatre West. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Nice production with great performances. A+
FULL MONTY 1 DVD 2/17/01 ~ Broadway Patrick Wilson, Emily Skinner, Marcus Neville, Romain Fruge, Andre DeShields, Jason Danieley. Good taping throughout. You actually see the "whole package!" An occasional railing in the picture. Clear audio and easily followed. Quite nice overall. A
FUN HOME 2 DVD 3/15 ~ Broadway - Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez, Oscar Williams. Great HD capture of the Broadway Transfer. Performed mostly in the round, the actors are all over the stage. Judy's performances are so layered and beautiful, as is the entire cast! A-
FUNNY GIRL 1 DVD 1/1/01 Starring Stephanie J. Block and MTW Cast. Nice video and good performances. A very nice video and great performances. A+
FUNNY GIRL 1 DVD B'WAY CARES - EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS CONCERT
FUNNY GIRL 1 DVD Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Kaye Ballard
FUNNY GIRL 1 DVD BENEFIT Nicole Parker, Josh Adamson, Jean Kaufman
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM 1 DVD LOS ANGELES 9/27/2013 Mickey Rooney
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM 2 DVD June 2008 ~ Music Theatre of Wichita James Brennan. Semi pro-shot using once camera on a tripod. A
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM 1 DVD 1/1/97 Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Stanke (Hero), Jessica Bovers (Philia), Mary Testa, Ernie Sabella. Pro shot, unedited press reels. About 85% of the show, shot extremely well with great close-ups. Slight generation loss. Audio from soundboard. A+ / A
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM 1 DVD 1/1/96 Nathan Lane, Lewis J. Stadlen, Ernie Sabella, Jessica Boevers; yet to be personally reviewed.
FUTURE STARS OF BROADWAY 1 DVD Two showcase performances from the College-Conservatory Of Music at the University Of Cincinnati, and includes performances from some of today's Broadway stars. Includes 2000 Senior Showcase: Shoshana Bean, Pamela Bob, Dan Bogart, Kristy Cates, Sue Cotrell, Brandon Cutrell, Sara Gettelfinger, Peter Huck, Leslie Kritzer, Justin Patterson, Adam Williams, more... AND 1997 Sophomore Class Musical Theater Performance final: "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" performed by Leslie Kritzer, Kristy Cates, Justin Patterson, Adam Williams. "Tom, Dick, or Harry" performed by Casey Good, Pamela Bob, Dan Bogart, and someone I forget his name. "Ya Got Me," performed by Geoff Soffer, Shoshana Bean, Sara