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    Filmed Stage Musicals On DVD

    Who else loves filmed stage musicals?

    I would dearly love to see the Broadway musical version of Hello Dolly with Bette Midler on DVD. I have the CD soundtrack.

    I do have Gypsy with Bette Midler and Cynthia Gibb on DVD AND CD.

    I also have Ten Commandments: The Musical on DVD with Val Kilmer, Luba Mason, Nita Whitaker, Michelle Pereira, Lauren Kennedy, Kevin Earley, Alisan Porter, Adam Lambert, Aharon Ipale & Nick Rodriguez. I don't have the CD soundtrack yet though, I can't find it anywhere online.

    I just bought Anything Goes with Sutton Foster on DVD today. I'm waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Eventually I'll get the CD soundtrack as well.

    I am interested in seeing Little Women, The Music Man & Thoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster as well.

    There is also a DVD stage musical of The Little Mermaid with Queen Latifah as Ursula, I would love to see that AND the new film version with Halle Bailey as well.
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    I myself am not a big fan of filmed stage musicals.
    Never watched them even on TV, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophron View Post
    I myself am not a big fan of filmed stage musicals.
    Never watched them even on TV, though.
    I've never been fortunate enough to see an actual stage musical in an actual theatre before, so buying them on DVD fills that void for me.
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    I find most non-animated musicals patently absurd. I can roll with it in a cartoon setting, but seeing Actual People just drop everything to give exposition and/or further the plot via intricate song-and-dance numbers - which we are to believe/pretend are entirely spontaneous within the fiction of the story, and not the result of months of arduous choreography - is more suspension of disbelief than I can muster, most of the time. My wife loves them; I... tolerate them.

    HOWEVER... one big exception is and will always be The Who's Tommy, one of my all-time favorite pieces of entertainment. The album is incredible enough on its own, the movie is "okay" (I actually dig it but I'm aware that many do not), and I've never seen the play but the band's own live performances of the material were always FANTASTIC. The 1980s concert performance featuring guest performers Billy Idol, Elton John, Patti LaBelle, and others playing the story's characters is one of the single greatest concerts of all time, bar none. Check it out on YouTube, it is exceptional. I own it on DVD and will never, ever part with it.
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    I saw both Jonathan Groff and Sutton Foster perform the title song from Anything Goes and while they performed this incredible choreography on their own, matching each other step for step even though separately, they have also performed together. I love Jonathan Groff as the voice of Kristoff in the animated Disney Frozen movies and when I saw him for the first time in live action, I thought he was incredibly cute and talented. Then I discovered Sutton and I am now a major fan of hers, I have two of her albums and the Anything Goes musical DVD coming in the mail. I am also going to get her live album and Christmas CD/DVD combo and some of her other musical soundtracks. I can thank Disney for finding me another musician to be passionate about.

    Through Bette Midler's Gypsy, I became a fan of Cynthia Gibb, and through Val Kilmer's Ten Commandments, I became a fan of Luba Mason, Nita Whitaker, Lauren Kennedy & Michelle Pereira.

    I also love Whoopi Goldberg in the Sister Act movies, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus 1&2, and Christian Bale in Newsies. I also loved when Bette Midler, Diane Keaton & Goldie Hawn performed You Don't Own Me in First Wives Club.

    Bette was also fabulous in The Rose, For The Boys and Beaches as well. I have all those soundtracks too, as well as Bette's filmed concerts Live At Last, Divine Madness, The Divine Miss M In Performance, Diva Las Vegas and Showgirl Must Go On.

    Through the Disney live action movies, I love Emma Watson, Naomi Scott, Lily James & Elle Fanning in different live action versions and I can't wait to see Halle Bailey and Rachel Zegler in Little Mermaid and Snow White respectively.

    I also loved the songs Val Kilmer sang in Top Secret too.
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    Waaaaaaaay back in 1959, my parents took me to New York City for a week. In addition to all the touristy stuff, we saw the stage plays for Gypsy, by most accounts the finest musical ever staged, and West Side Story -- fifth row center for both. Of course, Ethel Merman played the lead in Gypsy and you really had to have been there to truly appreciate how breathtakingly brilliant she was. Soooooo many show-stoppers thanks to Ethel Merman's 'singing', although someone really ought to come up with a different word for what she, alone, was capable of doing. It been sixty-four years since then and I think only Bette comes close. (No disrespect intended. I love you, Bette. )

    I also loved West Side Story, which, ironically starred Natalie Wood -- ironic because she would go on to play Louise in the 1962 Gypsy film. West Side Story was a great play and it was also the first time in my life I'd ever hear the F-word -- thunderously, hilariously and unexpectedly delivered at the end of "Gee, Officer Krumke". You have to remember 1959 was an entirely different world. The theater made a communal gasp, then fell completely silent. The cast, to their enduring credit, milked it, not moving until the audience first started tittering, then giggling, then breaking into uncontrolled laughter and applause. It was a moment I'll never forget and I was blessed to be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Waaaaaaaay back in 1959, my parents took me to New York City for a week. In addition to all the touristy stuff, we saw the stage plays for Gypsy, by most accounts the finest musical ever staged, and West Side Story -- fifth row center for both. Of course, Ethel Merman played the lead in Gypsy and you really had to have been there to truly appreciate how breathtakingly brilliant she was. Soooooo many show-stoppers thanks to Ethel Merman's 'singing', although someone really ought to come up with a different word for what she, alone, was capable of doing. It been sixty-four years since then and I think only Bette comes close. (No disrespect intended. I love you, Bette. )

    I also loved West Side Story, which, ironically starred Natalie Wood -- ironic because she would go on to play Louise in the 1962 Gypsy film. West Side Story was a great play and it was also the first time in my life I'd ever hear the F-word -- thunderously, hilariously and unexpectedly delivered at the end of "Gee, Officer Krumke". You have to remember 1959 was an entirely different world. The theater made a communal gasp, then fell completely silent. The cast, to their enduring credit, milked it, not moving until the audience first started tittering, then giggling, then breaking into uncontrolled laughter and applause. It was a moment I'll never forget and I was blessed to be there.

    You couldn't possibly be old enough to remember all that, Jack.

    Seriously though, I would love to see a musical in a theatre. I love the ones I have on DVD, and although I have been to two concerts (The Bangles & Abby Travis and Belinda Carlisle & 1927), I've not had the pleasure of seeing a theatre show. I loved both film versions of Gypsy, with Rosalind Russell & Natalie Wood and Bette Midler & Cynthia Gibb.

    The only thing that annoyed me in the first Gypsy movie is that they cut Together, Wherever We Go from the final print. Completely unnecessary.

    I've seen the movie West Side Story, but not the stage show. I think they cut the F-bomb from the original movie. I haven't seen the remake.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Anything Goes, because I've become a major fan of Sutton Foster whose phenomenal talents evoke that quality you mention of the days of yesteryear.
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    Trust me, Mikey, I'm more than old enough,. Celebrated 74 on Valentine's Day, which I'm guessing makes me the oldest living orger and the board's Elder Statesman.

    I remember every second of the trip and all my NYC experiences. My parents pranked me, telling me I was just going on a tour of the plane and would have to get off with my mom before it took off with my dad who was going to New York on business. As we got onto the runway and the plane started going faster and faster and faster, I left out a shriek. When we finally took off I screamed, "I'm going to New York!" Everyone on the plane laughed and applauded. To show you how long ago it was, the Head Stewardess (they were called that back then and no one took it wrong) took me into the cockpit once we got to cruising level and I spent half an hour there in awe with the pilot and co-pilot. When I walked out she pinned wings on my suit jacket lapel and saluted me. Those were the days. :hmgr.

    As for the West Side Story film, I seem to recall they changed the final line of the song to "Gee, Officer Krupke, Krupke you." Not as good as the stage play, but it worked, and having Natalie Wood in the film made up for it.

    As an aside, I've been blessed to have a sixty-seven year career in the entertainment industry, beginning with my playing Toto in Chicago's famed Goodman Theater's production of The Wizard of Oz. The first time I crawled out on stage and everyone in the audience oohed and ahhed, I knew I'd discovered the business I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life.


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    You couldn't possibly be old enough to remember all that, Jack.

    Seriously though, I would love to see a musical in a theatre. I love the ones I have on DVD, and although I have been to two concerts (The Bangles & Abby Travis and Belinda Carlisle & 1927), I've not had the pleasure of seeing a theatre show. I loved both film versions of Gypsy, with Rosalind Russell & Natalie Wood and Bette Midler & Cynthia Gibb.

    The only thing that annoyed me in the first Gypsy movie is that they cut Together, Wherever We Go from the final print. Completely unnecessary.

    I've seen the movie West Side Story, but not the stage show. I think they cut the F-bomb from the original movie. I haven't seen the remake.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Anything Goes, because I've become a major fan of Sutton Foster whose phenomenal talents evoke that quality you mention of the days of yesteryear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post

    As an aside, I've been blessed to have a sixty-seven year career in the entertainment industry, beginning with my playing Toto in Chicago's famed Goodman Theater's production of The Wizard of Oz. The first time I crawled out on stage and everyone in the audience oohed and ahhed, I knew I'd discovered the business I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life.
    I was in a school production of The Wizard Of Oz too, only I played The Wicked Witch Of The West. The Tin Man and Cowardly Lion were played by girls.
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    At the Act Break I went back stage to the door of Dorothy's dressing room. The boy that I was opened the door to see Dorothy sitting on the Tin Man's lap in an armorous embrace, kissing hm. She saw me and gasped. I quickly left the dressing room. But I spent most of Act Two on stage very close to Dorothy. Amused, she gave me more than a few playful pats on my shaggy head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I was in a school production of The Wizard Of Oz too, only I played The Wicked Witch Of The West. The Tin Man and Cowardly Lion were played by girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    At the Act Break I went back stage to the door of Dorothy's dressing room. The boy that I was opened the door to see Dorothy sitting on the Tin Man's lap in an armorous embrace, kissing hm. She saw me and gasped. I quickly left the dressing room. But I spent most of Act Two on stage very close to Dorothy. Amused, she gave me more than a few playful pats on my shaggy head.
    That sounds hilarious! I remember my face and hands being painted green to play the Witch and I'm told my melting scene brought down the house. I can't believe that mean, terrible Dorothy had the nerve to kill me!

    The girl who played Tin Man had trouble with fainting spells and we had to check that the lights and silver make-up didn't cause her too much discomfort or bring on an attack. As for the girl playing the Lion, she had a cute trick of dabbing her eyes with her tail continually. I remember most of the names of almost everyone in the cast to this day, except I can't remember Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, or Toto for that matter.

    Dorothy - Kathryn
    Scarecrow - Darryl
    Tin Man - Dana
    Cowardly Lion - Brianna
    The Wizard Of Oz - Vincent
    Glinda - Shelley
    The Wicked Witch - Michael
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    I'm a big theatre guy but strangely don't have many filmed stage musicals on DVD (though I do have a fair number of film versions) I've got Shrek the Musical and Into the Woods. I was disappointed in the film version of ITW they changed and/or left out too much.

    I've never gotten to see a live show in New York on Broadway but as far as tours of live Broadway shows I've been to:

    Phantom of the Opera
    Les Miserables
    Rent
    Beauty and the Beast
    Little Shop of Horrors
    Avenue Q
    Jekyll & Hyde

    I've gotten to perform in Community theater productions of:

    Into the Woods
    Lil' Abner
    Scrooge the Musical
    The Robber Bridegroom
    Annie
    The Music Man
    The Pirates of Penzance

    Admittedly I played mostly ensemble or non-singing roles in the majority of these. (I was The Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and Evil Eye Fleagle in Lil' Abner) I've never had the best singing voice, and honestly I think it's been getting worse as I get older. I love performing though so I keep trying.
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    I sang in the school choir for a couple of years and I also played The Scary Godmother in a Cinderella spoof.

    My only regret as a music lover is that I never learned to play an instrument and I can't dance. My voice comes and goes of its own free will. Sometimes I can hold a tune fairly well and other times I sound like nails on a chalkboard.
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    Well I think you are to be applauded for your resume. The fact that you've had the tenancy to pursue the stage and actually succeeded in getting on it multiple times is highly laudable. "Community theater...ensemble or non-singing roles"? Of the 7.8 billion people on Earth, how many do you think can say they have achieved what you have? Bravo. Bravo, indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord_Of_Destruction View Post
    I'm a big theatre guy but strangely don't have many filmed stage musicals on DVD (though I do have a fair number of film versions) I've got Shrek the Musical and Into the Woods. I was disappointed in the film version of ITW they changed and/or left out too much.

    I've never gotten to see a live show in New York on Broadway but as far as tours of live Broadway shows I've been to:

    Phantom of the Opera
    Les Miserables
    Rent
    Beauty and the Beast
    Little Shop of Horrors
    Avenue Q
    Jekyll & Hyde

    I've gotten to perform in Community theater productions of:

    Into the Woods
    Lil' Abner
    Scrooge the Musical
    The Robber Bridegroom
    Annie
    The Music Man
    The Pirates of Penzance

    Admittedly I played mostly ensemble or non-singing roles in the majority of these. (I was The Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, and Evil Eye Fleagle in Lil' Abner) I've never had the best singing voice, and honestly I think it's been getting worse as I get older. I love performing though so I keep trying.

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    Two of my favourite actresses/singers/dancers of filmed stage musicals are Lauren Kennedy (Ten Commandments) and Sutton Foster (Anything Goes) which is why I collect their CD albums now.




    I also collected albums from Nita Whitaker, Luba Mason & Michelle Pereira since I saw Ten Commandments.






    Val Kilmer was amazing as Moses and I have his Music Sessions With Mick Rossi album and the Top Secret album.




    Christian Bale sang wonderfully in Newsies and I wish he had done more musical roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I've never been fortunate enough to see an actual stage musical in an actual theatre before, so buying them on DVD fills that void for me.
    I'm so sorry to hear that. If you can find the time and set aside some money, I wholeheartedly encourage you to plan a trip to NY to see some Broadway shows. It's such a thrill to see a great show live. Try to time it so shows you've heard good things about and actually want to see are running, though. That helps! There are plenty of meh productions every season, even on Broadway, so being choosey is wise. Are you living somewhere touring productions stop in? Those can be fantastic too. I've seen more shows on tour than I have on Broadway. Something to think about. Might be less expensive.

    I assume you're referring to the filmed British West End version of Anything Goes with Sutton. Once you've watched it, look online and you'll easily find the Broadway version of the show, which I loved. Not exactly professional quality filming (if you know what I mean, ahem), but the cast is marvelous and Sutton is a joy. You should also look up vids of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which was the show that made her a star, and The Drowsy Chaperone, which is hilarious and delightful. They're all...online, ahem, winkwink.

    Ok...back to officially filmed productions

    Stephen Sondheim was smart enough to make a point of filming most of his original productions for public release, so we're now able to watch the original versions of Sunday In The Park With George and Into The Woods, two shows I highly recommend if you haven't seen them yet.

    Legally Blonde: The Musical was filmed live by MTV and then broadcast, so it is also available online. The show is far better than it has any right to be. Great songs, lyrics, cast, choreography, set. I was really surprised. Give it a shot.

    The Light In The Piazza, a gem of a show starring Victoria Clark, was also broadcast on PBS and is available online in several parts. The King and I was filmed as well and shown in theatres and should be online. Another great production.

    While not professionally filmed, a video of the original production of Dreamgirls is online and its absolutely worth checking out. Jennifer Holliday was incredible in that show. Its amazing someone was able to record it and preserve it. She sang at the Tony Awards, if you want a glimpse at the performance.

    Now go watch some amazing stuff!

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    I've rarely read a post packed with so much great advice and delivered in such a respectful manner.

    I do agree that there is nothing that remotely compares to seeing a play live and also that it doesn't have to be a Broadway play.

    Nice to see someone not only really knowledgable but also happy and willing to spend the time to share that knowledge.

    Well done.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy View Post
    I'm so sorry to hear that. If you can find the time and set aside some money, I wholeheartedly encourage you to plan a trip to NY to see some Broadway shows. It's such a thrill to see a great show live. Try to time it so shows you've heard good things about and actually want to see are running, though. That helps! There are plenty of meh productions every season, even on Broadway, so being choosey is wise. Are you living somewhere touring productions stop in? Those can be fantastic too. I've seen more shows on tour than I have on Broadway. Something to think about. Might be less expensive.

    I assume you're referring to the filmed British West End version of Anything Goes with Sutton. Once you've watched it, look online and you'll easily find the Broadway version of the show, which I loved. Not exactly professional quality filming (if you know what I mean, ahem), but the cast is marvelous and Sutton is a joy. You should also look up vids of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which was the show that made her a star, and The Drowsy Chaperone, which is hilarious and delightful. They're all...online, ahem, winkwink.

    Ok...back to officially filmed productions

    Stephen Sondheim was smart enough to make a point of filming most of his original productions for public release, so we're now able to watch the original versions of Sunday In The Park With George and Into The Woods, two shows I highly recommend if you haven't seen them yet.

    Legally Blonde: The Musical was filmed live by MTV and then broadcast, so it is also available online. The show is far better than it has any right to be. Great songs, lyrics, cast, choreography, set. I was really surprised. Give it a shot.

    The Light In The Piazza, a gem of a show starring Victoria Clark, was also broadcast on PBS and is available online in several parts. The King and I was filmed as well and shown in theatres and should be online. Another great production.

    While not professionally filmed, a video of the original production of Dreamgirls is online and its absolutely worth checking out. Jennifer Holliday was incredible in that show. Its amazing someone was able to record it and preserve it. She sang at the Tony Awards, if you want a glimpse at the performance.

    Now go watch some amazing stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy View Post
    I'm so sorry to hear that. If you can find the time and set aside some money, I wholeheartedly encourage you to plan a trip to NY to see some Broadway shows. It's such a thrill to see a great show live. Try to time it so shows you've heard good things about and actually want to see are running, though. That helps! There are plenty of meh productions every season, even on Broadway, so being choosey is wise. Are you living somewhere touring productions stop in? Those can be fantastic too. I've seen more shows on tour than I have on Broadway. Something to think about. Might be less expensive.

    I assume you're referring to the filmed British West End version of Anything Goes with Sutton. Once you've watched it, look online and you'll easily find the Broadway version of the show, which I loved. Not exactly professional quality filming (if you know what I mean, ahem), but the cast is marvelous and Sutton is a joy. You should also look up vids of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which was the show that made her a star, and The Drowsy Chaperone, which is hilarious and delightful. They're all...online, ahem, winkwink.

    Ok...back to officially filmed productions

    Stephen Sondheim was smart enough to make a point of filming most of his original productions for public release, so we're now able to watch the original versions of Sunday In The Park With George and Into The Woods, two shows I highly recommend if you haven't seen them yet.

    Legally Blonde: The Musical was filmed live by MTV and then broadcast, so it is also available online. The show is far better than it has any right to be. Great songs, lyrics, cast, choreography, set. I was really surprised. Give it a shot.

    The Light In The Piazza, a gem of a show starring Victoria Clark, was also broadcast on PBS and is available online in several parts. The King and I was filmed as well and shown in theatres and should be online. Another great production.

    While not professionally filmed, a video of the original production of Dreamgirls is online and its absolutely worth checking out. Jennifer Holliday was incredible in that show. Its amazing someone was able to record it and preserve it. She sang at the Tony Awards, if you want a glimpse at the performance.

    Now go watch some amazing stuff!

    Thankyou DisneyBoy for your kindness and advice, hopefully someday I will make it to New York and see some shows. They really fascinate me and I am grateful for your tips about great shows. From the first moment I saw clips of Sutton Foster online, I was hooked and I am happily adding her CD's and DVD's to my collection. I am also grateful for Jonathan Groff who gave me the idea of looking into Sutton's fabulous talent in the first place. Yes, the DVD I bought was the British West End version of Anything Goes. It should be arriving in the mail any day now. I am interested in Sutton's performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women and The Music Man as well.

    Along with Sutton, I am really into Lauren Kennedy (Ten Commandments) and one of her co-stars Luba Mason appeared in Girl From The North Country.

    I just wish Bette Midler's Hello Dolly were on DVD as well, I have the CD though. With Ten Commandments, it's the opposite, I have the DVD and can't find the CD anywhere!
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    Well thank you Mr Olesker, for your kind words! Wish I could have seen your work as Toto

    Mikey, you can definitely find Little Women online - I saw clips of it in a playlist a few months ago, though these things sometimes get "pulled", only to eventually resurface - but keep in mind, that show wasn't especially successful. Sure, there's Sutton and the original story from the book and singing...but not much magic. And as much money as the show made, apparently she wasn't well-suited to her part in The Music Man. Fans of the material were disappointed in her and Hugh. They're both talented but not quite right for the parts they played in that show, according to some.

    Since you enjoyed Ten Commandments, though, may I recommend the pro-shot (that's the term) video of Jekyll & Hyde? It's bombastic, a sort of Phantom-wannabe with broad performances, lousy lyrics and very little to say, but hoo-boy is it memorable. Case in point: the version they filmed stars David Hasselhoff in the title role. Oh yes! The Hoff himself! And no, he cannot sing. He tries though, and boy is it...something else.

    The show was composed by Frank Wildhorn, who is famous for having had a ton of "flop" musicals, some of which have even turned into almost cult favorites or guilty pleasures among Broadway fans. Jekyll & Hyde was intended as a vehicle for his then-wife, former "Star Search" champ Linda Eder, who sang the role of prostitute Lucy. If you look up some clips of her in the show, you'll find the promotional proshot versions of her big soaring ballads. A later replacement plays Lucy opposite Hoff in the official proshot, but Eder made Lucy's songs famous. She still sings them in her cabaret act.

    If you can't make it all the way through Hyde - and I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't - just go watch clips of Eder singing songs from the show. She's incredible, with a Barbra Streisand-like voice that soars and belts and sustains and sustains. She's really remarkable.

    ...since you mentioned Gypsy, I have to tell you, the video I found online of the last Broadway revival starring Patti Lupone pretty much ruined all other versions of the show for me. You have the advantage of seeing and loving those other versions first. Patti's version was my introduction to the material, and she's...amazing. Intense as all get-out, but it gives the show a thrilling edge and a sinking feeling of dread. Her Rose's Turn at the end is volcanic. Please do yourself a favor and go find it. I'd be very curious to see what you think of her interpretation, since you've enjoyed Midler's for so long.

    And yes - we are ALL frustrated that they didn't do a proshoot of Bette Midler in Hello Dolly. They didn't even do the title song during that year's Tony Awards broadcast, which seemed obvious. But again, I think if you look online you'll find a full video of her performance, or barring that, one of her incredibly talented replacements, like Bernadette Peters or Donna Murphy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy View Post
    Well thank you Mr Olesker, for your kind words! Wish I could have seen your work as Toto

    Mikey, you can definitely find Little Women online - I saw clips of it in a playlist a few months ago, though these things sometimes get "pulled", only to eventually resurface - but keep in mind, that show wasn't especially successful. Sure, there's Sutton and the original story from the book and singing...but not much magic. And as much money as the show made, apparently she wasn't well-suited to her part in The Music Man. Fans of the material were disappointed in her and Hugh. They're both talented but not quite right for the parts they played in that show, according to some.

    Since you enjoyed Ten Commandments, though, may I recommend the pro-shot (that's the term) video of Jekyll & Hyde? It's bombastic, a sort of Phantom-wannabe with broad performances, lousy lyrics and very little to say, but hoo-boy is it memorable. Case in point: the version they filmed stars David Hasselhoff in the title role. Oh yes! The Hoff himself! And no, he cannot sing. He tries though, and boy is it...something else.

    The show was composed by Frank Wildhorn, who is famous for having had a ton of "flop" musicals, some of which have even turned into almost cult favorites or guilty pleasures among Broadway fans. Jekyll & Hyde was intended as a vehicle for his then-wife, former "Star Search" champ Linda Eder, who sang the role of prostitute Lucy. If you look up some clips of her in the show, you'll find the promotional proshot versions of her big soaring ballads. A later replacement plays Lucy opposite Hoff in the official proshot, but Eder made Lucy's songs famous. She still sings them in her cabaret act.

    If you can't make it all the way through Hyde - and I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't - just go watch clips of Eder singing songs from the show. She's incredible, with a Barbra Streisand-like voice that soars and belts and sustains and sustains. She's really remarkable.

    ...since you mentioned Gypsy, I have to tell you, the video I found online of the last Broadway revival starring Patti Lupone pretty much ruined all other versions of the show for me. You have the advantage of seeing and loving those other versions first. Patti's version was my introduction to the material, and she's...amazing. Intense as all get-out, but it gives the show a thrilling edge and a sinking feeling of dread. Her Rose's Turn at the end is volcanic. Please do yourself a favor and go find it. I'd be very curious to see what you think of her interpretation, since you've enjoyed Midler's for so long.

    And yes - we are ALL frustrated that they didn't do a proshoot of Bette Midler in Hello Dolly. They didn't even do the title song during that year's Tony Awards broadcast, which seemed obvious. But again, I think if you look online you'll find a full video of her performance, or barring that, one of her incredibly talented replacements, like Bernadette Peters or Donna Murphy.

    Thanks for all your advice Disney Boy, I'll look into all that!

    I can say with gratitude that seeing filmed stage musicals has given me the joy of adding music from Val Kilmer, Lauren Kennedy, Nita Whitaker, Luba Mason, Michelle Pereira, & Sutton Foster to my CD collection. I wish Cynthia Gibb, Jonathan Groff, Garrett Clayton & Melissa Benoist would all release CD's as well. I've seen Cynthia, Jonathan and Garrett in stage shows or clips of them online. I have also seen online clips of Melissa playing Carole King in the musical Beautiful and she's brilliant. Jonathan has covered Anything Goes (the song and the dance) and he does Sutton proud. Garrett is an amazing Bette Midler impersonator and has covered I Put A Spell On You from Hocus Pocus.









    Gypsy star Cynthia Gibb and Giovanna Gattuso run a couple of theatrical agencies like the Venice Voice Academy and the Triple Threat Academy.


    Also, Charlotte Caffey from The Go-Go's and Anna Waronker from That Dog wrote and produced the musical Lovelace together, which is about the infamous Linda Lovelace.
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    Mikey, don't you have some sort of linkage with Val Kilmer? Weren't you somehow involved with getting one of his songs airtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Thanks for all your advice Disney Boy, I'll look into all that!

    I can say with gratitude that seeing filmed stage musicals has given me the joy of adding music from Val Kilmer, Lauren Kennedy, Nita Whitaker, Luba Mason, Michelle Pereira, & Sutton Foster to my CD collection. I wish Cynthia Gibb, Jonathan Groff, Garrett Clayton & Melissa Benoist would all release CD's as well. I've seen Cynthia, Jonathan and Garrett in stage shows or clips of them online. I have also seen online clips of Melissa playing Carole King in the musical Beautiful and she's brilliant. Jonathan has covered Anything Goes (the song and the dance) and he does Sutton proud. Garrett is an amazing Bette Midler impersonator and has covered I Put A Spell On You from Hocus Pocus.


    https://youtu.be/faT273HtiDE

    https://youtu.be/YQv_hZwyz5Q

    https://youtu.be/bBa8HFqgeQE


    Gypsy star Cynthia Gibb and Giovanna Gattuso run a couple of theatrical agencies like the Venice Voice Academy and the Triple Threat Academy.


    Also, Charlotte Caffey from The Go-Go's and Anna Waronker from That Dog wrote and produced the musical Lovelace together, which is about the infamous Linda Lovelace.

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    Ive seen Jeff Waynes War Of The Worlds both live and on dvd, the live version had Liam Neeson instead of the holographic head of Richard Burton, which I was disappointed by, I assume im in a minority of people whos disappointed at seeing Liam Neeson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Mikey, don't you have some sort of linkage with Val Kilmer? Weren't you somehow involved with getting one of his songs airtime?
    Yes, back when I was a happy-go-lucky hospital free cub reporter online, I wrote a series of articles for Val Kilmer which he liked, and I had a friend with a radio station, and I thought it would be an awesome idea to have Val's holiday song Christmas Is Calling played on the radio. I hooked up my radio friend and Val and they did the magic and made it happen. Val sent me a signed copy of his CD Music Sessions With Mick Rossi as a thankyou gift.
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    Very cool! I know violent stories aren't your thing, Mikey, but I have to tell you, imho, his portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone was one of his best performances. A truly amazing film, btw.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Yes, back when I was a happy-go-lucky hospital free cub reporter online, I wrote a series of articles for Val Kilmer which he liked, and I had a friend with a radio station, and I thought it would be an awesome idea to have Val's holiday song Christmas Is Calling played on the radio. I hooked up my radio friend and Val and they did the magic and made it happen. Val sent me a signed copy of his CD Music Sessions With Mick Rossi as a thankyou gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Very cool! I know violent stories aren't your thing, Mikey, but I have to tell you, imho, his portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone was one of his best performances. A truly amazing film, btw.
    That sounds interesting Jack, I'll check it out. My favourite Val Kilmer performances (other than the brilliant Ten Commandments musical) include Batman Forever, At First Sight, The Saint, Real Genius, & Top Secret. I also love his voice acting for various animated movies. Val's CD that I mentioned is comprised of a group of songs that originally started out as poems that Val wrote and then set to music. Along with the Christmas song I helped put on the radio, my favourite song is True Friend.





    The Go-Go's (Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Kathy Valentine & Gina Schock) wrote the book and score for a stage musical called Head Over Heels (also the title of one of their best songs, especially with Charlotte's amazing keyboard solos). The band did not act, play or sing in the show. Instead the songs for the musical were actually The Go-Go's own songs blended with a pastoral romance narrative built around the songs. I am not familar with the cast members, as I haven't seen the actual show except for clips online.

    *Head Over Heels is a jukebox musical that adapts the plot of The Countess Of Pembroke's Arcadia, the 16TH-century prose romance by Sir Philip Sidney. It resembles the Old Arcadia more closely than the New Arcadia. Unlike Whitty's original, which hewed to Sidney's story structure regarding a King outrunning four prophesies, the plotline of the Broadway story follows the royal family of Arcadia on their journey to keep their famous "Beat". *


    https://www.headoverheelsthemusical.com/


    Although, as I said, the band themselves aren't among the official cast members, they DID get to perform WITH the cast at one show!

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