JUDY COLLINS: A LOVE LETTER TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM REVIEWED
Judy Collins returns with “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim”. While I appreciate older talents belting out the hits of even older talents, this feels almost like a mis-matched CD project. Hell, the material switches to John Denver during the middle stretch. You get a little “Evening Primrose” and “Merrily We Row Along” plastered in between the bigger titans. That being said, it’s a presentation of material cut to Collins’ style. If you dig her sound, this is for you. If that sounded archaic as hell to you, then you’re too young for this.
- Rehearsal Footage
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 2/24/17
- Video - 85%85%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Supplemental Material - 86%86%
- Show Score - 85%85%
The Plot Thus Far
A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim” filmed in May 2016 at The Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO. Collins will take the audience through Sondheim’s remarkable treasure-trove of music, interweaving stories of Broadway with her personal anecdotes. “I have loved the songs and the shows of Stephen Sondheim since recording “Send in the Clowns” in my album Judith in 1974. My version of the great Sondheim ballad has garnered a Grammy, the top ten slot in Billboard twice in a decade, and is still played on the radio all over the world. Ever since the success of “Send in the Clowns” I have longed to sing the rest of Sondheim’s greatest songs. Now, I have the opportunity do to that. These songs glow with familiarity and inhabit the rooms and vistas of all our lives, scenes and melodies from “Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Sundays in the Park with George,” “Company,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Into the Woods.” I pray to do justice to these great songs, and to their composer, one of our National Treasures, Stephen Sondheim.” -Judy Collins’ All orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, who has been orchestrating Stephen Sondheim’s musicals for decades. Tunicks’s orchestration was used by Collins for “Send in the Clowns, ” bring Sondheim his only chart topping song in his esteemed history. Collins is joined on the program by the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Glen Cortese.