Category Archives: Performers

Showtune Saturday: “This Time The Dream’s On Me”

Eddie Pensier writes: The sublime Sylvia McNair treats us to her rendition of the Arlen/Mercer standard, which originally appeared in Blues in the Night (1941). It’s on her marvelous 1995 collaboration with André Previn*, Come Rain Or Come Shine: The … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday (encore) “Barcelona”

Eddie Pensier writes: By popular demand, here’s a repeat of the clip I posted last February of “Barcelona” from Sondheim’s Company. It features Neil Patrick Harris. Oh and Christina Hendricks too, and did I mention that she takes her clothes … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”

Eddie Pensier writes: CORRECTION AND APOLOGY: Since this post was put up, the video has been taken off YouTube. Apologies, and I’ll try to find another one. If there’s a better opening to a performance on video, I’ve yet to … Continue reading

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Notes on “Thirteen Women”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the many quasi-horror films released in the wake of Universal’s “Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” this RKO production from 1932 offers the intriguing spectacle of Myrna Loy playing an archvillainess. Her character, Ursula Georgi, is a … Continue reading

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Anita Cerquetti, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She never got the press or fame of Maria Callas, whom she famously replaced in a Rome Norma in 1958. She only made two official recordings, both for Decca: an aria recital and a complete La Gioconda. She … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Sweet Transvestite”

Eddie Pensier writes: I can see you all shivering with antici….   ….pation, so here you are. The great Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Optional but handy prop shopping list here, annotated script with talk-back lines … Continue reading

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“It Ain’t Necessarily So”, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: It ain’t necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so The things that you’re liable To read in the Bible, It ain’t necessarily so. Li’l David was small, but oh my! Li’l David was small, but oh my! He … Continue reading

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