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“Broadway Baby” July 5, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Musicals, Theater.

Three slightly different (!) versions of the song “Broadway Baby” from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

Here’s Daisy Eagan, age thirteen, from 1992’s “Sondheim – A Celebration At Carnegie Hall”. The year before she was the youngest person ever to win a Tony, for The Secret Garden.

From 1982, Bernadette Peters:

When Elaine Stritch performed “Broadway Baby” at Sondheim’s seventy-fifth birthday party in 2005, she was five years older than the honoree. After four nominations she has never won a Tony Award, although her one-woman show Elaine Stritch At Liberty won for Best Special Theatrical Event.

Can you decide which version you prefer? I know I can.

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1. joe bratcher - December 13, 2006

a toast to elaine…
36 years since “here’s to the ladies who lunch”
and she’s still still kickin’ it!

Choosing a hat.
Does anyone still wear a hat?
I’ll drink to that.”

2. Musical Theatre Records - July 6, 2007

Eleine Stritch’s performance is really really funny and I kind of hate Bernadette Peters.

3. Jeff - July 6, 2007

While I certainly don’t hate Bernadette Peters, this clip is most certainly from her younger, cutesier days. And it’s not as if Elaine hasn’t got similar skeletons in her closet — have you listened to Goldilocks lately?

I think both Bernadette and Elaine are proof that women improve with age … at least on Broadway …

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