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Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall 

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Paul Gemignani Paul Gemignani ... Himself
American Theater Orchestra American Theater Orchestra ... Themselves
Jerry Hadley Jerry Hadley ... Himself - Performer
Eugene Perry Eugene Perry ... Himself - Performer:
Herbert Perry Herbert Perry ... Himself - Performer
Bill Irwin ... Master of Ceremony
Jeanne Lehman Jeanne Lehman ... Herself - Performer
Mark Jacoby Mark Jacoby ... Himself - Performer
Madeline Kahn ... Herself - Performer
Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Performer
Billy Stritch Billy Stritch ... Himself - Performer
The Tonics The Tonics ... Themselves
Dorothy Loudon Dorothy Loudon ... Herself - Performer
The Boys Choir of Harlem The Boys Choir of Harlem ... Themselves
Betty Buckley ... Herself - Performer
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English

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3 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Ballad of Booth
(from Assassins)
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Patrick Cassidy and Victor Garber
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Great, especially for those of us in the sticks.
1 September 2003 | by Gerard WittsSee all my reviews

Watching this well-nigh perfect Sondheim compendium, I was struck by one incontestable fact: for most of us, these compilation shows (I include "Putting It Together and "Side by Side") ARE Sondheim. Living far from the big centres, we are unlikely to have productions of "Assassins" and "Sunday in the Park with George" pop up at our local theatres. So we owe a debt of gratitude to this "Celebration" for making the cream of Sondheim songs available ; principally, however, for presenting them, as here, in such sublime performances.

There's Liza, at the top of her game (this is 1992). Even the lady herself would admit that her days of climbing atop grand pianos in Carnegie Hall are, perhaps, (you never know with this gal!) long gone. But watch her with Billy Stritch and those stupendous dancers as she sings (what could be her own 2003 anthem!) "Back in Business".

Glenn Close shows how to handle the best known of all Sondheim songs, "Send in the Clowns". And, in what can only be described as a touch of choreographic genius, "Sooner or Later" has the wonderful Karen Ziemba do a tongue-in-cheek production number on Bill Irwin (Why didn't someone write a sitcom for these two following that performance? It's not too late!) If you like being "had", Dorothy Loudon's your girl: watch how she changes tempo, mood, even persona between "Losing My Mind" and "You Could Drive a Person Crazy".

"Sweeney Todd" provides a most effective chilling opening to the show (with the future Mrs. Lovett, the exquisite Patti LuPone, giving herself to "Being Alive") Later, the beautifully lyrical voice of Harolyn Blackwell reminds us (with "Green Finch and Linnet Bird") that "Sweeney" is not all dark and sombre tones.

Naturally, some of my own favourite Sondheim songs are not included. Some turned up in "Putting It Together" Others? Well, how about a full-scale revival and DVD-ing of "Side By Side By Sondheim"? Are you listening, Mr. Producer? We Sondheim fans out here in the sticks deserve it!


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