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Sunday, January 18, 2009


Showtune Sunday: Eartha Kitt Sings Sondheim

A treat for the show queens! During the 1987 London run of Follies, Eartha Kitt replaced Dolores Gray. That means that a rare few got the campy thrill of seeing Kitt's "I'm Still Here"...which is already campy enough on its own. Filtered through Eartha's purrrrring vibrato, though, the song becomes a tragi-fabulous moment of disaster. I love it. It's like an out-of-control speeding train vibrating its way right off the tracks, and crashing into a mountain of mascara. Enjoy...

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Blogger StinkyLulu said...

I love how smart her version is. No cultural reference goes without precise/witty comment. Yet the emotion still comes through... So often, in versions of this song, the musical emotion overtakes the subtly precise architecture of the lyrics...

She rocks.
Eartha forever.

1/18/09, 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Love Eartha. Now find a copy of her singing "Ladies Who Lunch" and I'm sold.

1/18/09, 10:04 PM  

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