Thursday, December 24, 2009
THE BELLE OF 14TH STREET SOUNDS FOR STREISAND FANS - DAZZLING, 60'S ANIMATED MUSCIAL NUMBER - CBS-TV - CIRCA OCTOBER 17, 1967
What do you get when Vaudeville tradition and video inspiration converge in vivid animation and vibrant performance from a superstar in ascent?
For millions of enthralled and exhilarated television viewers across America,in the fall of 1967, the result was a clever,high velocity musical number that opened Barbara Streisand's third, highly anticipated special from CBS-TV and sponsor Chemstrand Carpets.
Shot , in color and in Manhattan, over four, long days in the spring of 1967 , staged on ornate sets conceived by the Tiffany network's respected designer, Tom John, in the CBS Broadcast Center's, cavernous Studio 41, THE BELLE OF 14TH STREET was a nostalgic and sentimental, musical tribute to Vaudeville.
It was hailed by critics as a Steisand, television tour de force.
The creative and kinetic , animated execution of the opening number,stands in sharp visual contrast to the lavish settings and wistful theme, but provided a compelling ,visceral counterpoint to the retro-elegance of the show.
Director Joe Layton and the production team did meticulous research in an effort to recreate the pace and the passions of the Vaudeville stage, including discussions with veterans of the theater circuit, like George Burns.
Below, we've posted from the STREISAND IS LOVE YOU TUBE site, I DON'T CARE, the captivating, convivial, opening production number from THE BELLE OF 14TH STREET.
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