Show Segment 1
"All Aboard For Broadway / Give My Regards To Broadway"
"There's a Broken Heart for Every Light on Broadway"
"There's No Tune as Exciting as a Showtune"
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
Show Segment 2
"Day By Day"
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
Show Segment 3
"Magic To Do"
"And All That Jazz"
"I Hope I Get It"
"Maybe / Tomorrow"
"Brand New Day / Ease on Down the Road"
Show Segment 4
"45 Minutes From Broadway"
"So Long Mary"
"Yankee Doodle Dandy / Dixie Land / Grand Old Flag"
Show Segment 5
"Tea For Two"
"A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody"
"I Got Rhythm"
Show Segment 6
"If My Friends Could See Me Now"
"Horse Right Here / Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat"
"Lida Rose / 76 Trombones"
Special Show Segments
"Happy Birthday Superstar"
"Dream Come True Birthday"
"We Need a Little Birthday Cheer"
"Cheer - For Your a Jolly Good Fellow"
"Pasqually's Chuck E. Intro" (Updated)
"Helen Christmas Medley" (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
This is Helen Henny's
big return to Pizza Time Theatre after years of being absent. Originally dubbed "The Hollywood Chicken", Helen is now referred to by Chuck E as "the Broadway Beak". The tape is themed around Broadway showtunes, as the cast tries their best to win over a broadway talent scout who's rumored to be a part of their audience.
Some of the different segments are themed to different sets of broadway numbers - there's a broadway rock show, broadway today, broadway yesteryear, and a special tribute to George M. Cohan. The show also uses newly recorded birthday and special shows that incorporate Helen Henny.
- As stated above, the theme of the show wraps around the characters trying to impress a broadway talent scout who's rumored to be in the audience. Much of the stage set is designed to compliment this. There's a banner (made to appear handwritten) above the characters that says "Welcome Talent Scout". Behind them are also several signs and billboards.
Pasqually's Chuck E. Intro
- This is actually a recut version of the live character intro that was recorded for Madame Oink IV
. In the original, Madame Oink made comments in between Pasqually's announcement. For those listening closely, one of Oink's snorts can still be heard behind Pasqually's voice where they couldn't remove it completely.
-3 out of 5 Tokens-
I should point out up front that I'm not a huge fan of broadway theatre. I dunno, call me straight, but showtunes aren't quite my cup of tea. Also I can't help but assume that the appeal to children is much stronger than it is for me. Don't get me wrong, a broadway number here and there is something I can tolerate - but an entire taped dedicated to it? Little too much for my blood.
Aside from the broadway theme, this tape is important for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that it marks the return of Helen Henny. To a lot of people, that might be considered a good thing. To most fans of Pizza Time Theatre, it's not so great, as it also marks the end of the guest star era. With the company starting to slide toward bankruptcy many cutbacks begin to appear. It's not quite so evident in this showtape (Helen even refers to herself as the "guest star"), but we all know that the days of rotating guest spots come to an end here. Helen becomes a permanent fixture in the cast - almost by default - since she just happened to be the one onstage going into PTT's bankruptcy.
So for me this tape is interesting more for it's place in PTT history over the tape itself. But there are some good songs and humor mixed in - Jasper and Helen have some pretty good dialogue exchanges (all involving chicken puns of course), and Jasper singing "Making Whoopie" is pretty humorous in a risque way. The new birthdays and special shows are all pretty decent as well.