Sunday Night Sondheim – Audra McDonald sings “The Glamorous LIfe”, From ‘A Little Night Music’

Have you seen Tony and Grammy-Award winner Audra McDonald on the ABC television series “Family Practice“?  Her character on the show is fairly one-dimensional, but still, I’m sure she’s getting paid much more than she ever did for any of her Broadway roles.

Back on track – here’s Ms. McDonald performing “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music:


Interestingly, this is the version of the song used for the unsuccessful (but still intriguing to watch) 1978 film version (starring Elizabeth Taylor, Lesley-Anne Down, and Diana Rigg). 

A few YouTube comments:

Even though it is only in the film version, I think this may be my favorite thing to come out of A Little Night Music (the plot of which I don’t care for), and one of my favorite Sondheim songs. And who better to sing it than Audra? She seems to have a special connection with songs about children – see also “I Won’t Mind” – and of course her singing is just fantastic.


I agree, the stage version gives a more ironically comedic look at it, but the film version is, as you said, heartbreaking. She pretends that she’s proud of her mother not being ‘ordinary’ when all she wants is to be with her.
But Audra still brings it home.

More comments here.


Random Thoughts – Jonas Brothers ‘n Stuff

Is silver the new black???

  • I’m saddened to hear that the Borders on Michigan Ave. will be closing within the next year.  😦    This has been my hangout whenever friends/family come to visit, and want to shop ALL day on Michigan Avenue.  Now where do I seek refuge?

target_bullseyeSeeing how much Target contributes to the local arts scene, I promise (for Lent?) to do more of my shopping there.  For example, check out Target’s 2-for-1 ticket deals at Congo Square, Steppenwolf, and Lookingglass Theatre, as well as $20 Sundays at Goodman


Jonas Brothers skit on Saturday Night Live

Sears Tower photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune.