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DUDE BEST-TIMED DISCOVERY EVER. BlueGobo.com: it's a website featuring videos of Broadway performances on talk shows and at the Tonys and the like. But they go way the hell back: I mean, the earliest video there is from 1927 (a clip from the Ed Sullivan show of A Connecticut Yankee, not a show I'm familiar with personally). But, I mean, 1927? I was screwing up my face trying to figure out if they'd had television then, but apparently they did? How the hell did this person get hold of all this stuff?!

But it's kind of an awesome site, especially if, like me, your interest in Broadway is relatively new and you're not as familiar as you'd like to be with its history. I just lost about an hour watching clip after clip when I'm supposed to be editing some hundred-page ESL science/technology thingummy. But, I mean, did you know that baby Beth Leavel was in the original 42nd Street in 1980 BECAUSE I TOTALLY DID NOT KNOW THAT AND ALSO I DID NOT KNOW THAT IN THE 2001 VERSION SHE UNDERSTUDIED AND EVENTUALLY TOOK OVER FOR CHRISTINE EBERSOLE. I'm sorry, but I firmly believe that no one role deserves the combined awesome of Ebersole and Leavel; they should spread out lest it explode from all the awesome. I'm not sure what a role exploding would look like, but I bet it wouldn't be good.

Anyway, here's one of my favorite clips from my hour of procrastination. 1999 Tonys, cast of Fosse dancing to "Sing, Sing, Sing". Choreo, of course, by Ann Reinking. I'm pissed that I can't find any videos of Ann Reinking actually dancing; the Chicago videos of Roxie feature friggin' Marilu Henner. But I'll take what I can get. Here y'are.


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Jul. 5th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
Isn't the Beth in 42nd Street vid SUBLIME? omg she is way too cute.

And lol I love Marliu Henner.
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
oo, I was on that site the other day watching Baby Bleavel! and now I'm watching the Encores! Follies video.

Jul. 5th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
YOU. have you been to Karen Ziemba's site? There's a pic with her and V-Clark in some show that I forget the name of. But it's so cute.
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have her as Lizzie on my 110 in the Shade recording. Pics of her and Ricahrd Muenz (who played File)- so cute.
Jul. 5th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)

I had been there but had not seen that AMAZING ADORKABLE PIC!
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with Fosse, so I don't know the plot or anything...but it made me sad that they're dancing to such an amazing piece of swing music, and there was no partner dancing involved. Granted, it would require mostly fast Lindy, Shag, or Balboa, but those are the people who can do it well, and who I'd love to see doing it. It would just be the best combination for my obsessions with Broadway & swing dancing ever. ;)
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
The interesting thing about Fosse, I guess, is that - well, actually, it's less about the show Fosse and more about Dancin', the show for which Fosse first choreographed Sing, Sing, Sing. It seems like he really plucked songs randomly from all kinds of musical genres, with absolutely no respect for what the original traditions of those styles of music were; given how distinctive Fosse's choreography was, this is kind of amusing when it's Neil Diamond, kind of intriguing when it's John Philip Sousa, and kind of uncomfortable when it's a piece of classic swing music like "Sing, Sing, Sing," which is based in a musical tradition that is associated so strongly with a type of choreography that grew organically out of the music. I guess it gets into that classic is-it-cultural-appropriation-when-it's-art? debate - on the one hand I really love the way that choreography works with the music, and on the other hand the music wasn't so much his to reinvent. I don't know. I don't really know that much about Fosse's life and work, anyway; I mean, I've seen Chicago and I have a crush on Ann Reinking, but that's about as far as I've gotten. Oh, the world is full of so many things I don't know...
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