the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe) wrote in youtubebroadway,
the girl with violets in her lap

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DUDE BEST-TIMED DISCOVERY EVER. 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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