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SALUTE TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM with Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn, Michael Cervertis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Well, if you know anything about Sondheim, you know it doesn't get any better than this. If you don't know anything about Sondheim, it's too late in the game to hip you. If it wasn't for the success of "Glee" anybody under 18 present as part of a family outing probably would have felt like they were watching a taping of the variety portion of "Carol Burnett Show". After all, who are these people walking around, gesturing, emoting, feeling the lyrics? American musical theater owes a tip of the cap to "Glee" as all of our other institutions are falling into dust but a new generation will be there to keep it alive. All this evening was missing was Bernadette Peters nailing "Some People". Since this is part of a decade long running series, if you didn't like the 16 songs on display, they probably did ones you wanted to hear already so no beefing allowing. With CSO sounding just like they just finished a rehearsal for a Goddard Lieberson original cast album bringing up the rear, these four prime practitioners in the art of Sondheim delivered a jewel of an evening. Get back to me when Ryan Adams can write like this and then we'll talk about what the youngsters are up to. If you first enjoyed Sondheim as a young adult, you would now be at least 75, but this wasn't geezer entertainment. This was a shining example of the kind of adult entertainment that Ravinia specializes in and almost no one else can duplicate. A killer evening all the way.

Volume 33/Number 277
August 6, 2010
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 Midwest Record

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