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Rare Performances from Past Tony Telecasts
By Ben Pesner
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Did you forget to set your VCR? Is there a stunning moment from a past American Theatre Wing Tony Awards® telecast that has haunted you ever since you first saw it? Have you always wanted to catch Broadway's legendary performances that were presented on national TV and add them to your video library?

Broadway's Lost Treasures is a four-volume DVD set that contains rare footage from past Tony telecasts. Among the musical gems are Gwen Verdon performing "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays" from Chicago and "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees; John Raitt singing "Hey There" from The Pajama Game, several decades before Harry Connick, Jr. took on the role; and a very young Jerry Orbach performing "She Likes Basketball" from Promises, Promises. There's also Andrea McArdle (Annie), Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd), Yul Brynner (The King and I), Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Patti LuPone (Evita), as well as production numbers from Ragtime, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, and many more.

The Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection consists of three individual volumes previously released on DVD, as well as a fourth disc that covers dramatic performances. The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays showcases such talent as James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope, Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in Lettice and Lovage, John Lithgow and B.D. Wong in M. Butterfly, Joan Allen and Peter Friedman in The Heidi Chronicles, and Joe Mantegna and Ron Silver in Speed-the-Plow.

These discs are the brainchild of Christopher A. Cohen, a producer/director who literally grew up with the Tonys. His father, Alexander H. Cohen, was the executive producer of the Tony telecasts from 1967 to 1986. His mother, Hildy Parks, wrote and produced those television landmarks.

The DVDs feature color-corrected footage and digitally re-mastered sound. While much of the material has been broadcast in a series of PBS specials, a number of segments are seen here for the first time since they were telecast.

Click here to purchase Broadway's Lost Treasures

Revised May 20, 2011

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