What performance(s) do you wish there were archive/bootleg footage of that you’ve never been able to find?

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Mine would have to be Bebe Neuwirth who took over from Chita in Kiss of The Spiderwoman once that original company left for Broadway. The role suited her skills perfectly and that hissed staccato delivery of the title song as brilliant as you’d imagine it should be. Unfortunately the run only lasted a few months with the replacement cast though and there is no photo/audio or video archive I’ve found since of them.

I even asked Hal Prince once. He changed the subject... What performance(s) do you wish there were archive/bootleg footage of that you’ve never been able to find? 

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You asked Hal Prince for a bootleg?

Mine would be the West End American Psycho. Would love to see footage of Matt Smith as Patrick but there's nothing.
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Faye Dunaway Sunset Boulevard.

Ann Reinking A Chorus Line.

 

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A full video of the Palais des Sports Les Miserables. (I'm aware there's audio!)
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There is at least one high quality bootleg of every Hedwig, except for Taye Diggs. While I'm not dying to see *that* again, I find it funny (suspicious?) how it doesn't exist.

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PhantomOfFleetStreet said: "You asked Hal Prince for a bootleg?

Mine would be the West End American Psycho. Would love to see footage of Matt Smith as Patrick but there's nothing.
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HA! No. I think I asked if there was any archive footage or proshots. We were talking about 3 different things at once and he immediately switched to how great he thought the actress singing Christine’s parts in Prince of Broadway was and how much he think I’d like her. Moment passed..

I saw that production at the Almeida with Matt Smith. It certainly wasn’t my favourite show and he was an adequate singer at best so I’d much rather have seen the Broadway version with Benjamin Walker. I’m SURE there is archive footage and/or press clips for THAT though. Whether they made it to YouTube is another story.

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I wish I could 'resee"shows I saw in the 70s when I first started going to the theatre

- Liza understudying Gwen Verdon in Chicago

- Reinking and Grey in Goodtime Charley

- Pearl Baily in Dolly

- Hope Clarke and Micki Grant in "Don't Bother me I can't cope"

- Morse, Joyce and Roberts in "Sugar"

 

 

 

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morosco said: "Faye Dunaway Sunset Boulevard.

Ann Reinking A Chorus Line.


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Why do I get the impression Faye Dunaway in Sunset would have been not too dissimilar to Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest?!

In a similar vein I’ve seen the briefest video of Roger Moore in rehearsals for Aspects of Love in London before dropping out and from that it looked like he would have been a fantastic George. Which was also the opinion of one of his fellow cast members that spoke to me about it many years later.

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Don’t judge me, but the Seussical OBC. I love a good Ahrens and Flaherty score.
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LizzieCurry said: "A full video of the Palais des Sports Les Miserables. (I'm aware there's audio!)"

That MUST exist.. You just may have to get a job in Cameron Mackintosh’s office in London to get hold of it.

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PhantomOfFleetStreet said: "You asked Hal Prince for a bootleg?

Mine would be the West End American Psycho. Would love to see footage of Matt Smith as Patrick but there's nothing.
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There are a few things on youTube from London. And you do have the cast album as a record at least. It was never West End though - just the short run in Islington.

Cards from American Psycho (with Matt Smith)

Chatting to the London cast in rehearsal (with a young Jonathan Bailey!)

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ukpuppetboy, I know, I want to raid those vaults.
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Faye Dunaway Sunset Boulevard.

Faye never performed SUNSET BLVD on stage.  She had just started rehearsals when ALW pulled the plug on the L.A. production of SUNSET BLVD.  

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Laurette Taylor in the Glass Menagerie.

Ethel Merman in Gypsy (aside from the audio and the short, silent clips).

I’ll echo Ann Reinking in a Chorus Line.
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Bette Midler in hello dolly. I wish I could see it again
Barbra Streisand in funny girl
The Cher show. I wish I could see it again as well
The original version of spider man. I’d love to see how it changed
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I would pay a lot of money for a Spider Man 1.0 video recording.
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The entirety of Matt Smith in American Psycho was filmed and available for viewing at V&A library in London.

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Actually, Taye's first performance was recorded in great quality as well as Bette in Hello Dolly...

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BrodyFosse123 said: "Faye Dunaway Sunset Boulevard.

Faye never performed SUNSET BLVD on stage. She had just started rehearsals when ALW pulled the plug on the L.A. production of SUNSET BLVD.
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Indeed. Hence the link with Roger Moore. Thanks for posting the Funny Girl footage. And the other replies - I was secretly hoping some people may get there wish.. So. Anyone got some London Kiss of the Spiderwoman leads out there... please?!

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Richard Burbage in Hamlet :P 

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The original Toronto Godspell, with the early seeds of SCTV and SNL coming together.
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BrodyFosse123 said: "Here’s...HELLO, DOLLY!...."

OMG I’d forgotten how much I absolutely, truly LOVE this show. And the train in Put On Your Sunday Clothes ALWAYS makes me smile ear to ear and shed tears of joy. Such a marvelous production. Can’t wait to see it again next weekend!
 

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Much more recent than most of these, but the NYTW production of Hadestown. All of the clips that NYTW have released are great, but such a tease!