Synopsis by Laura Mahnken
Broadway's Lost Treasures is a two-hour collection of musical highlights, culled from 19 years (1967-1986) of Tony Awards telecasts by Christopher A. Cohen, son of the original telecasts' producers, Alexander H. Cohen and Hildy Parks. The program is divided into four self-explanatory segments -- "Broadway Divas," "Leading Men," "Dancin'," and "Record Breakers" -- and presented by hosts Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and Chita Rivera. Musical numbers include the "Broadway Divas": Vivian Blaine ("Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls), Patti LuPone("A New Argentina" from Evita), Angela Lansbury ("The Worst Pies in London" from Sweeney Todd), Carol Channing ("Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello Dolly), and Julie Andrews ("Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music). Next up are the "Leading Men": Zero Mostel ("If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof), Yul Brynner ("Shall We Dance?" from The King and I), John Raitt ("Hey There" from The Pajama Game), Robert Preston ("Trouble" from The Music Man), and Paul Lynde("Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie). Now for the "Dancin'": Joel Grey ("Wilkommen" from Cabaret), Tommy Tune and Twiggy ("Chasin' the Clouds Away" from My One and Only), Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon perform "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays" from Chicago, and Jerry Orbach from 42nd Street ("Lullaby of Broadway"). Then there are the "Record Breakers": Andrea McArdle and cast ("Tomorrow" from Annie), the cast of Annie ("You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"), and Betty Buckley and the cast of Cats) ("Jellicle Songs" and "Memory"). This also includes the bonus performances not seen on the PBS pledge-special broadcasts: Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney ("McHugh Medley" from Sugar Babies), Patti LuPone ("Buenos Aires" from Evita), Barbara Harris ("Movie Star Gorgeous" from The Apple Tree), Bonnie Franklin ("Applause" from Applause), and Dorothy Loudon and cast ("Easy Street" and "Tomorrow" (reprise) from Annie).
Broadway, musical [play], television, film-clips, highlights, retrospective, awards-show, tribute