The Robber Bridegroom
5/19/16 ~ Off-Broadway, Revival
Steven Pasquale (Jamie Lockhart), Ahna O'Reilly (Rosamund), Leslie Kritzer (Salome), Lance Roberts (Clement Musgrove), Greg Hildreth (Goat), Andrew Durand (Little Harp), Evan Harrington (Big Harp), Nadia Quinn, Devere Rogers.
Beautifully filmed with a High Definition camcorder. A
4/2/16 ~ Encores!
Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Christiane Noll, Bryce Pinkham, John Behlmann, Nikki Renee Daniels, Alexander Gemignani
Wonderful HD capture of the Encores series concert. Excellent performances from the whole cast. 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 dialouge to adjust. 2 DVDs B-
4/12/16 ~ Broadway
Dixon, Joshua Henry, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy
Porter, Brooks Ashmanskas, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore,
Darius de Haas, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Kendrick Jones, Lisa
LaTouche, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks,
Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Christian Dante White, Joseph
Wiggan, Pamela Yasutake, Richard Riaz Yoder
Beautifully filmed in HD; some heads at bottom of the screen in wide shots but don't distract from anything and are shot around nicely. Much has changed from the show from this date, so it's a rare look at the show mid-changes; great clear video A
Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed
6/24/16 ~ Broadway
Audra McDonald (Lottie Gee), Brian Stokes Mitchell (F.E. Miller), Joshua Henry (Noble Sissle), Brandon Victor Dixon (Eubie Blake), Billy Porter (Aubrey Lyles), Adrienne Warren (Gertrude Saunders/Florence Mills), Amber Iman (Eva/Mattie Wilkes), Brooks Ashmanskas (Sam/Izzy/Carlo), Christian Dante White (Harry Walton), Arbender Robinson (Tommy), Curtis Holland (Li’l Baby C).
A nice capture of what is the final version of the show. A few short blackouts here and there, and a head appears in the bottom of the frame for most of the show-but they never get in the way of the action onstage. 2 DVDs A-
The SpongeBob Musical
6/7/16 ~ Chicago
Ethan Slater, Danny Skinner, Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Carlos Lopez, Gaelen Gilliland, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Carlos Lopez.
capture of the first preview performance! This is the PreBroadway
Premiere of the Nickelodeon musical based on the Tv Show! Fun show and
music with no obstructions! 2 DVDs A+
The Taming Of The Shrew
6/17/16 ~ New York
Cush Jumbo (Katherina), Janet McTeer (Petruchio), Gayle Rankin (Bianca), Rosa Gilmore (Lucentio), Latanya Richardson Jackson (Baptista), Candy Buckley (Vincentio), Donna Lynne Champlin (Hortensio), Judy Gold (Gremio), Adrienne C. Moore (Tranio), Stacey Sergeant (Grumio), Teresa Avia Lim (Biondello).
This is an all-female version of the show presented by the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare In The Park. It includes a lot of modern day references including a lot about Donald Trump. It’s not a perfect capture, unfortunately; there are blackouts over 25 of the first 32 minutes, and there’s another 5-minute blackout about halfway through the show. What is captured is crystal clear. At one point, the show is stopped due to a set malfunction, and Judy Gold improvs for about three minutes-and she’s hilarious. B-
2/26/96 ~ CBS-TV
In a TV rarity, Elizabeth Taylor appears as herself in 4 CBS sitcoms that aired back to back in a story line that tied the shows together. (She was promoting her new perfume "Black pearls" at the time). "Elizabeth Taylor’s priceless black pearls are missing, and before the night is over, you’ll find out who’s got sticky fingers and who’s got butter fingers". She actually appeared on 'The Nanny' and 'Can't Hurry Love'; had a smallish cameo appearance in 'Murphy Brown', and then had a substitute stunt hand fill in for her on the final show "High Society". All four episodes, in order, are included on 1 disc. Commercials have been edited out. A
Texaco Star Theatre
1/20/53 ~ NBC-TV
Milton Berle, with guests The Andrew Sisters, and Gertrude Berg and Arlene McQuade from the TV show "The Goldberg’s". This episode was broadcast on the night of Eisenhower’s inauguration, so there are many references to it, including an opening musical number. In black and white. 1 hour, complete with original commercials. A-
4/4/16 ~ Broadway
Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Sarah Charles Lewis, Michael Park, Terrence Mann, Fred Applegate
Excellent HD video with clear picture and wonderful sound; very nice video A
4/4/16 ~ Broadway
Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Sarah Charles Lewis, Michael Park,
Terrence Mann, Fred Applegate, Robert Lenzi, Michael Wartella
Excellent capture of the Broadway transfer from Atlanta. Many changes and direction from the out of town tryout. Clear picture and great sound; nice video 2 DVDs A