This has to be the best concert I have ever seen. Two hours of great performers (too bad Angela Lansbury could not be there) singing the music of Jerry Herman (Mame, La Cage, Hello Dolly, Dear World, The Grand Tour, Milk and Honey, Mack and Mabel, and for tv Mrs. Santa Clause). We get a full plate of great stars including Bea Arthur, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein, and many more.
The sound on this program is superb, great stereo separation. The filming was first rate. The performances are timeless. The nicest part is that Don Pippin, Jerry Herman's right-hand man for orchestration and conducting, is here, and leads the full orchestra with the type of orchestrations that make Jerry's music shine, and exactly the kind of orchestrations he likes for his music, so no 2nd rate arrangements. There are also 3 orchestral medleys that are terrific. My favorite on the disc is Michael Feinsteins superb rendition of "I Wont Send Roses." No other person could sing this so so beautifully. Other highlights include Channing doing Hello Dolly to 3 standing ovations, Bea Arthur doing a her song from Mame, "The Man in the Moon," and from Mack and Mabel, a great tap dance to "Tap Your Troubles Away." Sadly, nothing was used from The Grand Tour, while not a hit, was a great score, and I was sad to see "Tomorrow Morning" or "One Person" from Dear World was not included. I also wish there had been a few big production numbers like the "Mame" theme song, but it is done here in a great orchestral version. These complaints are very minor, I have watched this concert more than 15 times and plan to see it many more.
If you like Broadway music and the scores of Jerry Herman, this is a must. If you've been under a table and not sure about this music, Jerry is one of the best broadway showtune composers ever, and I highly suggest you give this program a viewing (or 2).