The year Tony Bennett turns 80, he releases the CD "Duets, An American Classic," and for Public Broadcasting System, he performs nine duets (eight from the album) and a solo in front of an audience in L.A. Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, and Robert De Niro provide brief commentary, and there are a few clips and lots of stills of Bennett through his career. Mostly it's singing: with Barbra Streisand, John Legend, k.d. lang and Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Juanez, Elton John, Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, and Christina Aguilera. The Tony Bennett Dancers give cabaret and 60's stagings to several numbers. Written by
Best "tribute" show I've seen. Where can I buy a copy?
I'd read a review that said it was good and it exceeded expectations. Most tributes to performers consist of talking heads, voice over over stills or old footage, short snippets of songs or at best medleys. I find such shows annoying. But this was different. It had a minimum of gab and lots of singing and dancing, beautiful sets and costumes, lots of variety. There were many famous guest stars (quite a collection of singers from different genres) but not a lot of self serving chit chat. But what I liked most was that Tony took the time to do justice to every song on the show. Each song wasn't just a song but a "number", a production worthy of a musical. I loved the singing but I loved the dancing even more. It was great to see that Mr. Bennett, at eighty, still "has it", but definitely! Can I buy a tape of this show? Please say that a tape or DVD will be available or that it will be shown again.
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