Monday, 1 November 2010

Music Break [...with Stephen Sondheim and company]

Catherine Zeta-Jones recently won her Tony for playing Desiree Amfeldt in Sondheim’s “A Night Music” – I’m not her biggest fan, or anywhere near, but good for her. I found it slightly amusing, though, that when she left the show and theatre icon Bernadette Peters took over the role everyone was saying that CZJ should give back her Tony and let Bernadette claim it. I mean, did anyone think that Bernadette would NOT be better than Catherine? The woman’s all kinds of awesome (I wonder why she wasn't their original choice for the revival). Anyhow, here’s the iconic number from “A Little Night Music” through the ages – from the Original Broadway Cast Production, through some notable film actor all the way up to the recent revival. 

The Original Desiree, you may remember her from Mary Poppins

It's as if there's no Sondheim standard she hasn't covered...

This version is so touching, it's a shame she never actually played the role...

Wow. Seriously? Isn't she brilliant?

She performs it well, no doubt: and so lovely to look at...

It's not a performance, and the feedback is dreadful...but she's always amazing.
                 
Good morning everyone.

2 comments:

Luke said...

Ha - yeah, it's hard to top Ms. Peters. I'm totally partial to Glynis Johns though. Ever since While You Were Sleeping, I've been totally in love with the woman. And were you too unimpressed to include Ms. Elizabeth Taylor or was that just a judgment call?

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

elizabeth didn't even cross my mind, really because she never did in live..and she didn't do her own singing in the movie either. have you ever seen the movie? oddly i haven't which is weird considering how obsessed i am with sondheim. i hear it's awful.