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Merman and Sinatra Singing Cole Porter...Live!
on January 18, 2014
It was great to see Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra singing the songs that Ethel helped to make famous, and Bert Lahr is always fun to watch. He is the perfect Moon Face. I couldn't help but notice that Sinatra seemed a bit overwhelmed at times; maybe he felt uncomfortable playing with that Broadway leviathan. Perhaps there wasn't quite enough rehearsal time, since Sinatra messes up lyrics now and then. However, such flaws belong to the days of live tv, and it is wonderful to have still around some of those shows: Julie Andrews in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella", Rod Steiger in Paddy Chayevsky's "Marty", the original "Amahl and the Night Visitors", Piper Laurie and Cliff Robertson in "The Days of Wine and Roses", to name but a few.