This, for me, is the best version of any stage musical I have ever seen on DVD. Looking through the whole catalogue of musicals, most are screen versions, with their overlay of lush orchestrations and hollywood razz-ma-tazz. But this is the real thing. It is suffused with the spirit of the theatre. Acting is big and telegraphed for a large live audience, but because it is a stage performance (of a Shakespeare Play within a Play), this is perfectly natural. The vocal performances are highly characterized, with the words and meanings given careful pointing, so that a fun song (like Wunderbar) can be uplifting, humorous and poignant in turn. I have myself conducted this musical, in a highly creditable amateur performance, and I followed the DVD through with my own score in which I have pasted the libretto. I delighted in the constant subtleties of delivery. The songs are faithfully presented in the usual sequence with one additional number, with rewritten underscore between the songs The orchestrations are magnificent with refreshing new versions of the dance numbers. The overture and entracte are replaced by attractive new stagings. The band is terrific with its balance of saxophones, brass and small string section so characteristic of a pit orchestra. The libretto is wittily updated and beautifully delivered. And shining throughout the whole production is the original combination of music and lyrics by Cole Porter in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Enjoy!