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DVD 17169 REDHEAD (Hague/Fields)

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2/1/2015. Lee Meriwether, Caitlin Gallogly, Michael Heatherton, Rebecca Lane, Barbara Mallory, Kerry Melachouris, David Mingrino, Donald Moore, Linda L. Rand, Anibal Silveyra, Janie Steele, Michael James Thatcher, Marjorie Vander Hoff, John David Wallis. Musical by David Shaw, Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields, and Sidney Sheldon. Filmed using one camera on a tripod. (Professional, Excellent Quality, No Subtitles)

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Enjoyable Rompg
Redhead was a bit hit in its day but then disappeared except for a Spanish language Mexican production in 1960 and the odd regional production. This disc contains a semi-staged production at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 2015, part of the Betty Garrett Musical Comedy Workshop. There were four performances in total. There is just piano accompaniment (the pianist must have stopped by the bar on the way as there are some strange notes and noises!) The performance has a feel of the musical hall about it which considering the story suits it quite well. The cast are unknown to me except for Lee Meriwether, a one-time catwoman in Batman, but they throw themselves into the material with gusto. Caitlin Gallogly a pint-sized comedienne, is Essie Whimple, a part originally played by Gwen Verdon and handles the comedy very well ( she’s no Verdon but who is?). Premiere state that this was filmed with one camera on a tripod but there are multiple angles and close-ups which suggest different. The picture is sharp and the sound excellent. This is a good old fashioned musical comedy with funny, inventive songs and is well worth the money.Total timing is 119 minutes.
A forgotten gem
CARL SALOGA (NEW YORK, NY) 8/29/2019 6:26 PM
I can't imagine what the original production with Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley, Bob Fosse staging and choreography and 12 chorus singers and 16 dancers was like. It won the Tony and the OBC tells part of why. This video tells the other half - it was a good, light weight book and a great vehicle for Verdon. The acting on the video is good, so the book scenes work well enough to see what the show was like. The same can not be said of the singing and what passes for dancing. The supporting players also sing chorus and they have four dances. The lead is not a dancer (she klumps around a bit) (Gwen Verdon had three prominent dance numbers in the show!) The musical director/accompanist take half the numbers too fast and makes the actors (only two could be called singers) sing lines that weren't even sung in the OBC recording! The chorus parts, which go into 8 part harmony and have high Cs, are frequently out of tune or out of rhythm. The set is non-existent. SO - if you have the album and wonder what the show is about and can use your imagination, get this. It's not anywhere near ideal, but what else is there?
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