Broadway's Lost Treasures (2003)

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The golden age of the annual Tony Awards ceremony lasted from 1967 to 1986 — the period during which Alexander H. Cohen and his wife, Hildy Parks, were the producers of the show. This film offers a compilation of performances from Tony Award broadcasts during those years. They are presented with color-corrected footage and digitally re-mastered sound.

"Broadway's Lost Treasures" is a 2003 television special that takes a sentimental journey through Broadway's marvelous past and shines a spotlight on a few of its biggest however vanished treasures. This valued anthology paints an impressive photo of this iconic district's renowned history by assembling an array of dazzling efficiencies staged between the 1960s and 1980s.

Format and Content
This 2-hour anthology presents a combination of exceptionally maintained live efficiencies from Tony Awards broadcasts. It is divided into 4 areas: Broadway Divas, Leading Men, Dancin', and Record Breakers. Each section is introduced by among the four hosts - Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, Chita Rivera, and Julie Andrews, all Broadway legends themselves, assisting audiences to relate more and offer the program a tailored touch.

Broadway Divas
This area provides unforgettable performances by female stars. One of the highlights includes Ethel Merman's belting out signature tunes from 'Gypsy' and 'Annie Get Your Gun'. Her looks define the phrase 'Broadway Belter'. Other notable renditions consist of Julie Andrews' 'A Little Bit of Luck', from 'My Fair Lady', and 'Send in The Clowns' by Glynis Johns from 'A Little Night Music'.

Leading Men
In the "Leading Men" area, viewers are dealt with to efficiencies by Robert Morse with a number from 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', Richard Kiley from 'Man of la Mancha', and Zero Mostel's fun 'If I Were A Rich Man' from 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

The Dancin' section showcases the electrifying choreography related to Broadway. Some standout efficiencies include 'Turkey Lurkey Time' from 'Promises, Promises', an incredibly energetic and explosive dance number, and 'The Boyfriend', a delightful comedic ballet by Twiggy and Tommy Tune.

Record Breakers
The section on 'Record Breakers' concentrates on those struck productions that ran the longest and made Broadway history. Here, we are reestablished to renowned scenes from 'A Chorus Line', with Baayork Lee leading the initial cast in 'One', and 'Hello, Dolly!', with Carol Channing in the title function.

Production Quality and Overall Experience
"Broadway's Lost Treasures" does a wonderful job of preserving and presenting a few of the greatest minutes in the history of Broadway. Although the film accuracy suffers due to the quality of the original tapes, the efficiencies shine through without compromise. The program manages to capture the magical appeal of Broadway, its epic staging, remarkable efficiencies, and foot-tapping music and choreography.

"Broadway's Lost Treasures" enables a brand-new generation of theater-goers to experience some of the Broadway magic that otherwise would have been lost to time. It showcases a few of the very best efficiencies from renowned Broadway plays, using a captivating look into the golden era of Broadway. This compilation is a celebration of creative quality, nostalgic for those who experienced these efficiencies live, and educational for those excited to find Broadway's rich tradition.

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