Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

While London critics were focused last evening on savaging the first night (opening night) for the West End musical Gone With The Wind, I was at the city's marvelously intimate little theatre known as the Menier Chocolate Factory seeing the lovely Maria Friedman.

During the performance, the singing actress was launching into her rendition of a Michel Legrand tune when she spotted the prolific, three-time Academy Award-winning composer in the audience.... seated right next to me. At the interval (intermission) I had an opportunity to talk with this delightful gem of a man and even told him that one of my all-time favorite tunes remains "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life," which he seemed to appreciate.

At the close of the show, as part of her final encore, Friedman invited Legrand to the stage to sing one of his tunes. He sat down at a piano and began to sing, you guessed it, "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life." Of course, when he came back to his seat, I had to thank him for playing that tune. Talk about a perfect ending to an already wonderful, magical evening. (Look for my SOB Review of Maria Friedman's show in the days to come.)

Today, it's off to see Gone With The Wind. But it's hard to imagine anything sweeping me off my feet the same way as last evening did.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB) in London.

Click here for tickets to Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged.

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1 Comments:

At 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michel Legrand is wonderful. I have high hopes for Michel LeGrand's score for the upcoming "Marguerite" with Ruthie Henshall...

 

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