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In Concert on Broadway
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an enjoyable listen, if only mildly exciting. Harry has become much more of a crooner as he has aged and has lost some edge and swing, but he delivers a solid performance. He can still deliver a solid ballad, but this is more for the fans of his ballads and easy listening selections (like the shmaltzy "Your Songs") than those looking uptempos and big band swing.

"We Are In Love" starts off the set but seems a bit watered down by elongated vocal lines, and a string section that softens the edge of the big band that made the original of this song so great. He follows this up with several ballads and mid-tempo selections which are quite nice, but he doesn't seem to really enjoy himself until he gets into the New Orleans genre on final 4 songs. Harry and the band redeem themselves by bringing back some life to the set with a strong finish that must have been great to see in person.

Overall, a solid set especially for those who dig it on the mellower side.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I think for all Harry fans it is a must-have. I was at one of these New York Shows, the next-to-last, so some of that footage is on this DVD, and I was totally entertained ! Harry is a natural, and has the ability of making a theater of hundreds of people as intimate as a living room. But first and formost is The Talant ! He is one of the best male vocalists in our time, and some of that is displayed here in this DVD.
Now, I am partial to Harry's original songs - not so with some of the covers he chose to do, which is why I gave this collection 4 stars instead of 5. I think Besame Mucho should not have been attempted as I never was a fan of that song to begin with, and somehow hearing Harry sing in Spanish is totally rediculous ! But aside from that, most of the songs here are quite good ! There is a song from the play that he wrote - that I never heard before - The Other Hours - which is one of my favorites. And it should be noted that when he does his originals - he re-does them with different arrangements.
The band and orchestra are truely amazing ! Well, he certainly couldn't do the shows alone; all the musicians are aces !
It should be noted that, as with the actual shows - the DVD is divided into 2 acts, the first being a littel on the formal side - but the second act he lets loose. He actually takes the audience on a trip to New Orleans, with the help of his band. He gives us a taste of the Mardi Gras spirit !
Yes - I would recomend buying this DVD, I did and the cd as well ! It is a top notch performance frozen in time ! Buy it, buy it - an excellent gift as well !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2011
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PBS aired this concert as part of their "Great Performances" series. After hearing the music, I decided this was worthy of adding to my collection of Harry Connick music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
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I was surprised at the critcism for this album! I live to far to be able to attend a Broadway performance by Harry, and this is the next best thing! I loved his interaction with the audience, and the sound track is excellent quality. I can put my headphones on, close my eyes, and it's like I'm THERE. I really enjoyed this live perfomance, and it was an excellent mix of songs and tempo. I really liked that he took the time to tell us some of his thoughts behind the songs and why he liked them. One of my favorite CD's!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
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Harry was awesome! I really felt as if I was there. I didn't know how talented he was. Yes, he has a wonderful voice and he can play the piano, but I didn't know he could play the trumpet and dance...he is too cute!!! For those people who like Harry, buy this video, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
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I have purchased every piece of his music. I can't get enough of his music. He is a fellow New Orleanian and a terrific musician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
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I am a huge Harry Connick, Jr fan, but generally not a fan of "live" albums and recordings. However, this album is fantastic. It showcases both sides of Harry---the smooth crooner and the fun & funky NOLA musician. The first half of the concert is geared more towards ballads, the second half wraps up with a swinging New Orleans/ Mardi Gras party. I also recommend the DVD of this. If you like Harry a lot or even just a little, I think you'll like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
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excellent CD! its a great mix of the standards and his New Orleans roots. I can't stop listening to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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Excellent live concert on CD - Hope you enjoy too! What a talent since early years growing up in NOLA.
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on June 9, 2014
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Love Harry, great voice, just really sort of a "flat" performance, imo, gets kinda funky in the end w/ NO set list, so kinda fun, but already gave it away.
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