We are currently observing the advent period of Perpetual Anticipation which culminates with Sondheimas, the birthday of Stephen Sondheim. Today is the fifth day of Perpetual Anticipation.
One of the cherished traditions of Sondheimas involves setting out eggrolls late at night in anticipation of Mr. Goldstone’s visit. The song “Mr. Goldstone” from Gypsy is one of the least-loved songs in the Sondheim canon. Kay Medford’s performance isn’t likely to change your mind, but I can’t get over the fact that someone thought having the actress known for playing Momma Brice in Funny Girl record the songs from Jule Styne’s other Momma would be a big seller.
Diahann Carroll is returning to Broadway this year in A Raisin in the Sun. Start practicing how to spell her name, and more importantly, familiarize yourself with her fantastic career. Let’s hope that while she’s in town she’ll do some club dates at 54 Below too. [Buy Album]
Yesterday Blues2Broadway posted this song in a version digitized from an LP. It’s one of two songs Sondheim wrote with Jule Styne just for Tony Bennett. I hopped online before reblogging to find the cover image only to discover the album has finally been released digitally, so here’s a remastered version of the same song.