I really enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE BEAUTIFUL GAME when I saw it in London. It had some great melodies (some of which ended up in other ALW shows or programs). I think the show was too UK-centric to catch on over here.
I also enjoyed SPEND SPEND SPEND (1999) with Barbara Dickson. It was a lot of fun, but the subject matter was too British; true story of Viv Nicholson...who won the pools. Nobody here knows about the pools...sort of a British lottery.
I love playing the Original Broadway Cast recording of APPLAUSE once or twice a year...it's a not-so-great musical based on a GREAT movie. I remember being sort of intrigued, as a kid, when Both Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall were both Tony nominated for Best Actress in a Musical... I still listen to COCO, too...but it's a horrendously produced recording; sound is really bad. Too bad Columbia didn't record this with someone like Goddard Lieberson producing.
I caught this last night. I thought it was much better than the NBC version with Carrie Underwood. I like hearing the songs that were left out of the film version..."No Way To Stop It" and "How Can Love Survive?"
Thought the production values were outstanding...especially the outdoor scenes that were all done on soundstages.
Ordered a copy on Blu-ray from Amazon. Anyone else see it? I think it will be airing again over the next couple of weeks...