Now Streaming: The Producers, Brigadoon and More
You will love these finds. There’s the entire performance of The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and Brigadoon starring Robert Goulet. And if that’s not enough awesome talent, there’s Bernadette Peters dancing and Broadway stars singing Cole Porter Songs.
The Producers- Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
A truly fabulous find, Mel Brooks’ multiple Tony award winning “The Producers” with the original Broadway cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Cady Huffman.. directed by genius director and choreographer
Susan Stroman, with book by Tom Meehan… One of the most delicious and feel good shows ever produced. Viewing this is a true anti-depressant. Enjoy, Tomatoes, enjoy!!!
Song and Dance – with Bernadette Peters, Charlotte d’Amboise and Christopher D’amboise
Song and Dance” starring Bernadette Peters, Charlotte D’amboise and Christopher D’amboise played on Broadway in 1985-86. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Don Black, it was directed by Richard Maltby and choreographed by Peter Martins. This was an unconventional musical…The first act was told in song. The second act was told in dance. Bernadette was great, but equally great were the extraordinary dancers, brother and sister Charlotte and Christopher D’amboise.
Sidebar: I knew the extraordinary Jacques D’amboise, father of Christopher and Charlotte. He was a ballet dancer, choreographer, actor and internationally renowned educator,who also appeared in movies, most notably, “7 Brides for 7 Brothers” and “Carousel”. I met him through actor George S. Irving … he was so down to earth and truly one of the sweetest and most humble human beings I’ve ever met. Sadly, he recently died at 86. A true loss for the dance world.
Brigadoon Starring Robert Goulet
In 1966, Armstrong Circle Theatre presented Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” starring Robert Goulet (in his prime, in terms of voice and matinee idol looks), Sally Ann Howes, Peter Falk (yes, Peter Falk in a musical!) and Edward Villella. It was choreographed by the legendary Peter Gennaro and won 5 Emmy Awards.
Sidebar: I was acquainted with Robert Goulet towards the end of his life. I annually produced the Drama Desk Awards nominations and breakfast at the Friars Club with 2 celebrities doing the announcements. Robert did the announcements with Lynn Redgrave. When I booked them, I didn’t know that they had worked together and were old friends, so the chemistry between them was terrific…they both had wonderful senses of humor. I always called this “our annual schmooze with no booze”… It was never a boring morning, as so many awards announcements are. As I introduced Robert, I stole a line from “A Chorus LIne”, and introduced him saying:“Robert Goulet, Robert Goulet, Robert Goulet… oh my God, it’s Robert Goulet!!” WATCH HERE.
Songs by Cole Porter
From 1980, “Song by Song by Cole Porter” aired on PBS with Karen Morrow, David Keenan, Liz Robertson,
Elizabeth Welch; and hosted by Ned Sherrin…Some of the most excellent singers on both sides of the Atlantic…A treat for Porter fans.. a show that I think Tomatoes will love.
Sidebar: I am a huge Karen Morrow fan who misses seeing her perform. She is one of the greatest talents that has ever graced the stage and was a budding star in the 1960’s and 70’s.. Often compared to Ethel Merman, Karen had her own personal style. When I was a teenager, I decided to meet her….and so I did, when she was starring opposite Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley in “I Had A Ball”. In those days, you didn’t have to be on a “list”, in order to go backstage to meet the actors… She was warm and welcoming and we became “friends”. She knew I wanted to be a performer and was so kind to me..She even took me to lunch at Sardi’s a few times. I’ve wanted to reciprocate for years, but unfortunately haven’t been able to reconnect with this uber-talented and much loved star. Though she no longer performs, she currently teaches musical theater master-classes in LA.
Sidebar too: Liz Robertson was the 8th and much younger (by 36 years) final wife of lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner!