‘Getting Married Today’ from the New York Philharmonic Concert’s production of Company (April 2011)
So glad this is finally on YouTube. Katie Finneran did an excellent job with this number.
Also: Christina Hendricks in a slip, Anika Noni Rose’s rendition of ‘Another Hundred People’ which I actually enjoy despite the flaws, and of course Patti LuPone.
I now have tickets to see Elaine Paige (in Concert), Stephen Sondheim (Q&A in conjunction with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and eventually Angela Lansbury (Driving Miss Daisy) in Melbourne. I’m liking this influx of theatre idols heading to Australia. Now just waiting on a few select others …
I’m seeing at least 15 shows this month (I really do love Melbourne in festival season). This makes me happy as it is. However I just realised that included in this line-up are house seats to see Elaine Paige in concert and then An Evening with Stephen Sondheim. If my tumblr becomes a succession of posts along the lines of “i3hrerqiuytoiqv3ty4i3q4yr”, you now know why.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but Amy Adams please move out of the way. Donna Murphy is working it behind you.
Where did all these onions come from?
Perfect house-cleaning music, especially relevant with the announcement that Elaine Paige will be touring Australia.
Veanne Cox sings ’Not Getting Married Today’ in the 1995 Broadway Revival of Company
This is my favourite recorded version of ‘Not Getting Married Today’. Her diction and enunciation is incredible. I think Katie Finneran probably did a better job in the New York Philharmonic production last year but that is yet to be recorded officially.
I plan to buy this recording ASAP. It also stars Boyd Gaines and Jane Krakowski.
|Me (at open window):||Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn-|
|Person (on street):||No they won't!|
|Me (at closed window):||CHILDREN MAY NOT OBEY BUT CHILDREN WILL LISTEN!|
“In the Movies”
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
I remember reading Sondheim praise his own lyrics for this song. They’re really impeccable.
The reason I haven’t properly read Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat is because I want to read each passage while playing the show recording in the background at the same time (super geek style). Unfortunately I’m finding it terribly hard to source a few of them, including a recording of Saturday Night, i.e. the first chapter of the book.
“Gypsy triumphed, but what was lost in that metamorphosis was some of her empathy and softness, so I mourn for Louise. There are times when it feels like taking off a beautiful sweater you love and putting on a corset. Other times, it feels like absolute freedom. It varies. She was thrust into a spotlight she didn’t want and finally found - from strangers - the love she’d always wanted from her mother. There’s a real tragedy in that story.”
Remember that time Laura Benanti ruined all past, present and future renditions of Louise by being incomparably brilliant?