One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’ on Paramount+, Where The Legendary Entertainer Gives His Final Public Performance

Lady Gaga had a pretty good Thanksgiving weekend. November 24th marks the opening of Gucci house, where she played the power-hungry Patrizia Reggiani, and the singer headlined CBS’s show the following Sunday night with One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Supreme +), a concert special filmed in two sold-out shows is presented in August 2021 at Radio City Music Hall in New York to honor performance legend and 95th birthday boy Tony. Bennett.

Opening scene: “How do you honor the most important and enduring voice of the last century?” Lady Gaga voiced the question like One last time begins and the scene where Gaga and Bennett sing and laugh together. “I want to honor him tonight by giving more than I know I have and making Tony proud.”

Gist: Cheek to cheek, the 2014 Grammy-winning album by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, was the beginning of a beautiful love affair. Gaga, the star better known for her weird pop hits, and Bennett, the American songbook veteran, proved seasoned as thieves, and what followed was their first collaboration with Cole Porter tribute song Love for sale, released last September. One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga presented material from the couple’s two-night concert at Radio City Music Hall in August 2021, with Gaga performing the opening solo, followed by a beat break and Bennett’s solo performance, followed by a solo performance. duet choreography for the final part of the show. Bennett turns 95 in August, and these performances are considered his last public performances; The Queens, New York-born multi-Grammy jazz and big band singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and has largely retired from public life due to illness and age. high. However, the illness doesn’t stop him from delivering the classics here. Bennett may stick with the piano, but his vocals come to life on some of the most popular songs of his eight decades in show business, and Lady Gaga maintains the mood hovering between homage to her legendary collaborator and the built-in homage of a natural performer.

After an introduction via “Luck be a Lady,” where she greeted Bill Clinton in the front row and got the audience to celebrate Bennett’s big 95th anniversary, Lady Gaga recounted her first meeting. her with the singer – “I look crazy. I have blonde and black hair, four big velvet bows on my face… i’m doing My stuff… ”- before moving on to jazz tunes “Orange Colored Sky” (“Wham! Bam! Al-a-kazam!”), “Let’s Do It” from her longtime inspiration Cole Porter and“ New York, New York,” which became the referral number for Bennett himself. After dropping the curtains, he appeared, mingling easily with Irving Berlin’s “Steppin ‘Out With My Baby” and a quiet jazz guitar performance, plucked in “Fly Me to the Moon”. One last time found their way to the finale when Gaga reunited with Bennett for the medley of “Happy Birthday” and “Lady is a Tramp,” and they returned to the collection of songs discovered by Cole Porter on Love For Sale before Bennett ended. with his signature song, “I let my love stay in San Francisco.” It’s a fitting, if profoundly decided, ending for an artist whose imprint is indelible on the film. entertainment industry is undeniable.

Last: Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
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What shows will it remind you of? It originally aired on CBS and is available to stream on Paramount+. But what One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Most at risk of return is programming PBS marquee, especially in pledge drives. From the well-dressed orchestra to the complete lack of artificiality – there are no flashing lights, no flashy backup dancers; this is a concert in honor of a senior member of the pantheon show business, with Lady Gaga being a willing participant – One last time recalls the public broadcast of the concert special from any of Bennett’s colleagues, Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand among them.

Our Take: Perhaps no one on this earth could have come so many miles from “Wow!” as Tony Bennett. “What a crowd!” With over 70 recorded albums, a stunning voice and a signature charm that has melted listeners for decades, the man born Anthony Dominick Benedetto proved with his performances in One last time that doing more with less is still a virtue and he still has “that”. In interviews for 60 minutes Ahead of the Radio City concerts, family members and longtime musical collaborators Bennett admitted they were unsure how his condition would affect the performances. But what he lacked in mobility, Bennett made up for with the ability to raise his voice, hit big notes and find the invisible pronunciation that sets the standards from Berlin and Porter and the rest. resounded with enduring enthusiasm.

As for Lady Gaga, she does a great job of embodying the classical jazz material, adhering to the traditional singing style of these songs, but also bringing an unmistakable personality to the proceedings. She would stop a song to speak to the audience, or shout out a former president of the United States; she would ask her drummer, who was busy playing solo, to hand over her patent leather headgear, which she then used to dance on his cymbals. “Can anyone guess who the man of this hour is?” she blurted out midway through “New York, New York” and the audience cheered, because in One last time, Gaga never lost sight of her role, not only as collaborator and duet partner, but also as an in-house, on-stage promoter for a chilling legend.

Gender and Skin: Let’s go, no way. Gaga performed a few “va and voom!“Sashays in gorgeous gowns on stage.

Farewell shot: “Tony, we are all so grateful to have witnessed your talent, your generosity, your creativity and your kindness and your service throughout the years,” Lady Gaga told his singing companion and mentor. “Mr. Bennett, I’m honored to escort you off the stage.” And there was a final wave to the crowd from Bennett as the band turned them off and Gaga took his arm, and perhaps also keep him steady.

Sleeper Star: Pianist Alex Smith played on Cheek to cheek album with Bennett and Gaga, and as keyboardist and orchestrator for Gaga’s jazz quintet. Here, in a vibrant version of Cole Porter’s classic “Let’s Do It,” he jumps from the grand center stage grand piano to the beautiful Hammond organ, and begins a performance. amazing solo.

Most Pilot-y routes: “Give it to the orchestra! It’s Tony Bennett’s birthday and we’re in New York City! “Lady Gaga is the ring operator for One last timeand keep the atmosphere light and rich with vintage entertainment vibes.

Our call: INSTRUCTIONS IT. And especially go live if your parents are visiting for Christmas. One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga is both an appropriate public farewell to a musical legend, and a delightful return to the golden age of live entertainment.

Johnny Loftus is an independent writer and editor living in Chicagoland. His work has appeared on The Village Voice, All Music Guide, Pitchfork Media and Nicki Swift. Follow him on Twitter: @glennganges

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