The World's Greatest Concert Of Musicals. A magical night of theatre that could only take place in your dreams... until now. Hey Mr Producer! features selected scenes from the productions of the world's most successful musical producer Cameron Mackintosh - classic songs from classic musicals performed by the ultimate cast. Now dreams become reality in this stunning theatrical concert introduced by Julie Andrews. Featuring a glittering array of internationall
The 10th-anniversary-concert video of the international musical sensation Les Misérables might be the best thing to appease fans until a full-fledged movie comes along. Or it might be even better, as feature films are often subject to extra musical casting considerations and this 1995 dream cast is superb. Reprising their roles from the original London company are Colm Wilkinson (Valjean), Michael Ball (Marius) and Alun Armstrong (Thenardier). From Broadway come Judy Kuhn (Cosette), Lea Salonga (Eponine) and Michael Maguire (Enjolras); from a later London production comes Ruthie Henshall (Fantine); and from Australia comes Philip Quast (Javert). Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's score vividly captures the passion of Victor Hugo's epic tale of pre-Revolutionary France, combining tear-jerking ballads ("I Dreamed a Dream", "Bring Him Home") and rousing anthems ("Do You Hear the People Sing"). The format of this concert is closer to that of a dramatic cantata rather than a fully staged production; the singers stand at their microphones with an orchestra and chorus behind them, but they do wear costumes and participate in some movement. At certain points, such as the climax of the barricade scene, the video switches to action from a stage production. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra sounds great, and it can be thrilling when 200 choristers (dressed in logo T-shirts) rise to their feet for a full-company number such as "One Day More". Also, subtitles provide date and scene information and help move the story along. This 147-minute version contains footage not seen before, most notably the encore in which a progression of 17 actors who have played Valjean around the world share "Do You Hear the People Sing?" Each sings a line in his native language, a testament to the enduring power of this show to audiences everywhere.--David Horiuchi, Amazon.com
This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award winning performance an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins. This masterful musical celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006! It tells the true story of an English woman Anna Leonowens (Kerr) who comes to Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860s. Though she soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Brynner) over time Anna and the Kin
Written and directed by Alan Parker Bugsy Malone is a gangster musical set in New York a world of would-be hoodlums showgirls and dreamers. A world where you never see an adult - kids play the entire film including Scott Biao as Bugsy and Jodie Foster as Tallulah. Bugsy Malone is totally unique: quite simply there has never ever been a movie like it!
The Slipper and the Rose is Brian Forbes' classic Oscar-nominated musical that re-tells the much-loved story f Cinderella and features a wonderful score by the renowned Sherman Brothers whose numerous credits include Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book.Richard Chamberlain plays Prince Edward, the heir to throne of Euphrania, who is expected to find a wife. His parents the King and Queen plan a Royal Ball to which all the princesses in the land will be invited so that he can find his bride. Meanwhile Cinderella live in misery, her father has died and her wicked stepmother and awful sisters have made her house servant. But with the arrival of her fairy Godmother comes three wishes and the chance for Cindrella to go to the ball.
Grease Is The Word! The classic tale of good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad boy Danny (John Travolta) gets tuned up with new special features in this Grease: Exclusive 40th Anniversary Edition. Your favourite movie musical just gets better with time! Features: Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and Choreographer Patricia Birch Introduction by Randal Kleiser Rydell Sing-Along The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease Grease: A Chicago Story Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with Introduction by Randal Kleiser Grease Reunion 2002 - DVD Launch Party Grease Memories from John and Olivia The Moves Behind the Music Thunder Roadsters John Travolta and Allan Carr Grease Day Interview Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood Grease Day Interview Photo Galleries
Grease Is The Word! The classic tale of good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad boy Danny (John Travolta) gets tuned up with new special features in this Grease: Exclusive 40th Anniversary Edition. Your favorite movie musical just gets better with time! Features: Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and Choreographer Patricia Birch Introduction by Randal Kleiser Rydell Sing-Along The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease Grease: A Chicago Story Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with Introduction by Randal Kleiser Grease Reunion 2002 - DVD Launch Party Grease Memories from John and Olivia The Moves Behind the Music Thunder Roadsters John Travolta and Allan Carr Grease Day Interview Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood Grease Day Interview Photo Galleries
A combination of footage of Michael Jackson live in concert and a series of fantasy pieces with Jackson as the central character Moonwalker showcases one of the greatest musical performers in history at his creative zenith.
Cliff Richard and the Shadows turn up at a Spanish hotel where they are to play a gig but they find it completely deserted. The local population have fled in terror after news that the US Army have lost a powerful bomb. Cliff and the band join the US Government foreign spies unscrupulous crooks and a local woman in a madcap chase to locate the missing piece of weaponry.
The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.
Choreographer-turned-director Bob Fosse turns the camera on himself in All That Jazz, a nervy, sometimes unnerving 1979 feature, a nakedly autobiographical piece that veers from gritty drama to razzle-dazzle musical, allegory to satire. It's an indication of his bravura, and possibly his self-absorption, that Fosse (who also co-wrote the script) literally opens alter ego Joe Gideon's heart in a key scene--an unflinching glimpse of cardiac surgery, shot during an actual open-heart procedure. Roy Scheider makes a brave and largely successful leap out of his usual romantic lead roles to step into Gideon's dancing pumps and supplies a plausible sketch of an extravagant, self-destructive, self-loathing creative dynamo, while Jessica Lange serves as a largely allegorical Muse, one of the various women that the philandering Gideon pursues (and usually abandons). Gideon's other romantic partners include Fosse's own protégé (and a major keeper of his choreographic style since his death) Ann Reinking, whose leggy grace is seductive both "onstage" and off. Fosse/Gideon's collision course with mortality, as well as his priapic obsession with the opposite sex, may offer insights into the libidinal core of the choreographer's dynamic, sexualised style of dance, but musical aficionados will be forgiven for fast-forwarding to cut out the self-analysis and focus on the music, period. At its best--as in the knockout opening, scored to George Benson's strutting version of "On Broadway", which fuses music, dance and dazzling camera work into a paean to Fosse's hoofer nation--All That Jazz offers a sequence of classic Fosse numbers--hard-edged, caustic and joyously physical. --Sam Sutherland
From the popular BBC series this comprehensive collection includes 12 classics from the immortal partnership of lyricist W.S.Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. For more than 100 years these comic colourful operas have been consistently entertaining audiences around the world. Music by the London Symphony Orchestra The Ambrosian Opera Chorus and a cast of award-winning international stars including Peter Allen William Conrad Frank Gorshin Joel Grey Frankie Howard Peter Marshall Keith Mitchell Vincent Price Clive Revill In: Cox & Box The Gondoliers HMS Pinafore Iolanthe The Mikado Patience The Pirates of Penzance Princess Ida Ruddigore The Sorcerer Trial by Jury The Yeoman of the Guard.
Triumph tragedy and trailer trash! Filmed in the West End's Cambridge theatre the award-winning controversy-courting Jerry Springer: The Opera stars David Soul as you've never seen him before! America's favourite talk show host suffers his worst day ever at the office when faced with everyone from trailer trash to transsexuals - unmissable!
West Side Story marked a small revolution in the history of the Hollywood musical when it was released in 1961. Enriched by Leonard Bernsteins marvellously brassy, challenging score--as redolent of the place as anything Gershwin ever wrote--the location shooting and aerial views of the Manhattan grid made New York a gritty backdrop to this modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. The film rightly became an instant classic which won ten Oscars and brought some of the greatest numbers in the era of the modern musical to a global audience. Everything gels, from Jerome Robbins superlative choreography (he retains a directors credit with Robert Wise, although anxious studio bosses removed him from the film when costs started to mount), to Ernest Lehmans taught screenplay, some of Sondheims most accessible early lyrics, and passionate, raw performances from the gang members and the lovers. For many of the cast, including Richard Beymer as Tony and Natalie Wood as Maria, the film represents a creative climax which wouldnt be surpassed during the remainder of their distinguished careers. Rita Moreno is an outstanding Anita, even with her songs disappointingly dubbed, and George Chakiris sinewy, arrogant Bernardo is magnetic. The whole thing still thrums with a youthful, dramatic energy that even a modern equivalent like Moulin Rouge cant match. On the DVD: West Side Story thoroughly merits the attention to detail in this handsome Collectors Edition. The anamorphic (16:9) widescreen format reproduces the original cinema presentation, brilliantly serving the city panoramas and balletic fight scenes, as well as the softness of the love duets, while a newly processed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track brings Bernsteins score up as if the notes were still drying on the page. Extras abound. A "Remembering" documentary features significant contributions from director Robert Wise, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno. Die-hard fans will lap up the various galleries, comparisons, the original intermission music and even a complete copy of Ernest Lehmans screenplay. --Piers Ford
Elvis in his last scripted screen role plays a hip young doctor who sets up a clinic in the inner-city slums of New York. Three nuns forsake their habits to join forces with the doctor and help him out in his clinic full of abused children and stubborn parents. One of the nurses (Mary Tyler Moore) falls in love with the guitar-playing doctor and has to decide whether to stay with him or go back to the church.
A collection of seven films starring Elvis Presley. Elvis made his acting debut in Love Me Tender (1956), starring as a young Texan farmer who, upon hearing of his older brother (Richard Egan)'s death in the Civil War, marries his sweetheart (Debra Paget). When the older brother returns from the war alive and well, a bitter feud between the siblings begins. In Flaming Star (1960), Presley plays the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and a Kiowa Indian (Dolores del Rio) who finds himself caught between the settlers and the Kiowas when his mother's people go on the warpath. Attempting to act as peacemaker, he only becomes embroiled in the violence. In Wild in the Country (1961), country delinquent Glenn Tyler (Presley) is paroled into his uncle's care on the condition that he pays weekly visits to widowed psychiatrist Irene Sperry (Hope Lange). She discovers that Glenn is a talented writer and encourages him to attend college. Meanwhile, Glenn is simultaneously dating the pushy Noreen (Tuesday Weld) and the more reserved Betty Lee Parsons (Millie Perkins). In Follow That Dream (1961), Toby Kwimper (Presley) and his wandering family set up home in Florida but find themselves menaced by local hoods. Toby also has to escape the advances of a tenacious social worker, who has more on her mind than just his health and welfare. In Kid Galahad (1962), a remake of the 1937 feature film, Walter Gulick (Presley) is a garage mechanic who is inadvertently drawn into the world of professional boxing. He has to free himself from the clutches of a gambler (Gig Young) who is attempting to manipulate him. In 'Frankie and Johnny' (1966), Frankie (Donna Douglas) is a riverboat entertainer who despairs of her gambling singing partner Johnny (Presley) but is too much in love with him to end their relationship. Finally, in Clambake (1967), Scott Heywood (Presley), an heir to millions, switches places with a ski instructor to learn about everyday life and competes with a wealthy playboy (Bill Bixby) to attract a beautiful co-ed (Shelley Fabares).
Seen by over 10 Million people with a global theatre box office of over $720 Million and winner of over 80 theatre awards worldwide comes the one-off spectacular production from London’s West End! This amazing one-off staging of Billy Elliot is a celebration of one of the most popular and successful stage shows and has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray until now! ‘Based on the Academy Award® nominated film Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world winning over 80 theatre awards along the way including Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards. Set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. The original creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book & lyrics) director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling are joined by music legend Elton John (music) to produce a funny uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever! .…breathtaking choreography…’ ‘…remains the best musical in London.’ ‘Billy Elliot….is still terrific’ Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail April 2013 ‘A fantastic inspiring and uplifting night!’ BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans ‘Still the Musical of the Decade’ Radio 2 18 May 2009 Great Paul Gambaccini ‘Not only the best musical in London now possibly the best British musical ever – It’s simply tremendous’ Paul Callan 21 August 2009 Daily Express ‘A Definitive British Musical’ Time Out 3 November 2009
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet The sequel to the highly successful Spartacus Music DVD, ballet star Carlos Acosta takes part in a recreation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.
The theatre production of The Snowman based on Raymond Briggs' classic picture book and the animated film which followed has been delighting audiences across the UK since 1993. Filmed in HD this DVD documents the full length show which includes a blend of dance breathtaking flying sequences along with plenty of fun and seasonal magic! The performance is accompanied by a live orchestra and includes the classic song 'Walking In The Air'.