I'm Still Here: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc

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15 Feb 2014

 

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On Your Toes – 1954 Broadway Revival Cast 

Another Rodgers & Hart triumph for Elaine Stritch, albeit a personal one, the short-lived 1954 revival On Your Toes gave her the chance to sing three songs. Second banana Peggy Porterfield usually gets only "Too Good For The Average Man" and the zesty "The Heart is Quicker Than The Eye," but this production added "You Took Advantage Of Me" to take advantage of the musical comedy savant. Stritch went for the jugular on this number, and she stopped the show. Her recording on the cast album demonstrates a brilliantly calibrated climb from the sweet introductory verse to the hooting and hollering of the end. The young Stritch even incorporates uncharacteristic head voice into this no-holds-barred performance.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)

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