Last night at Carnegie Hall, Rufus Wainwright did an artistically brave thing, performing Judy Garland's 1961 Carnegie concert, song by song. I am really happy I get Rufus (some don't), because I think he is such a tenacious artiste. No resting on laurels, always challenging himself. He is building a really solid career. I really would've gone to this, but I just cannot stand most of Garland's songs! Especially that damned clang clang clang went the trolley song.
Read the New York Times review and Reuter's review of last night's show.
A few tidbits, just gleaned:
- Martha Wainwright sang "Stormy Weather" and his mom performed the quiet encore with him.
- There were numerous standing ovations.
- He had a 40 piece orchestra with him. Sheesh!
- Liza did not appear, but her blond sister Lorna Luft sang onstage with him.
- Sam Mendes (aka Mr. Kate Winslet) not only filmed this show, but is also doing a documentary on the making of his album, which Rufus says will be "more intimate, and a little starker."
Recent pre-show press from the Philly Inquirer and the New York Post. Rufus also did tons of photo shoots for the publicity - above and below - and he is back in shape after getting a bit paunchy for awhile! I really need me some pants that fit as well as his in the picture above.