Entitled "Broadway's Lost Treasures" and hosted by Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach and Chita Rivera, the program will debut in the metropolitan area Aug. 10 at 8 PM on WNET Thirteen. It will also be aired on WLIW Channel 21 Aug 11 at 8 PM, Aug. 12 at 1 AM and Aug. 15 at 12:30 PM. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times. The two-hour special features a compilation of performances from Tony Awards broadcasts from 1967 to 1986. Many of these performances have not been seen since their original broadcasts and will be presented with color-corrected footage and digitally re mastered music.
The programs sampled are those produced by late Broadway showman Alexander H. Cohen and his wife Hildy Parks, who were routinely applauded for the quality of the broadcasts they created.
"Broadway's Lost Treasures" is divided into four segments: Broadway Divas, Leading Men, Dancin' and Record Breakers. The list of performers and tunes follows:
Vivian Blaine singing Guys and Dolls' "Adelaide's Lament"
Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton singing Evita's "A New Argentina"
Angela Lansbury singing Sweeney Todd's "Worst Pies in London"
Carol Channing singing Hello, Dolly!'s "Before the Parade Passes By"
Julie Andrews singing A Little Night Music's "Send in the Clowns"
Zero Mostel singing Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were A Rich Man"
Yul Brynner and Patricia Morison singing The King and I's "Shall We Dance"
John Raitt singing The Pajama Game's "Hey There"
Robert Preston singing The Music Man's "Trouble"
Richard Kiley singing Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream" Dancin':
Joel Grey in Cabaret's "Wilkommen"
Tommy Tune and Twiggy in My One and Only's "Kickin' the Clouds Away"
Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in Chicago's "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays"
Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street's "Lullaby of Broadway"
Andrea McArdle singing Annie's "Tomorrow"
Jennifer Holliday singing Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
Betty Buckley and the company of Cats singing "Jellicle Songs" and "Memory"
As part of the annual PBS pledge drive, viewers will also be able to purchase the DVD or video of the program. The DVD and VHS versions of "Broadway's Lost Treasures" will feature five additional numbers not seen on the PBS broadcast: Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney performing a song from Sugar Babies; Patti LuPone belting out Evita's "Buenos Aires"; the original company of A Chorus Line singing "I Hope I Get It"; and two numbers from Annie: Dorothy Loudon's "Easy Street" and the company on a reprise of the show's anthem, "Tomorrow." (A CD will be available for purchase, too.)
Beginning Sept. 16, the video and DVD of "Broadway's Lost Treasures" will be available for sale on Playbill On-Line, and it will hit retail stores toward the end of October. Producer Christopher Cohen expects the video/DVD to be priced between $24 and $30.