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Tony Bennett on NBC tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 21st 2006 5:17PM

tony bennettBennett? I think I broke it!

Sorry, punchline to an old joke, couldn't help myself. Anyway, Tony Bennett, whose albums have made the charts in every decade since the 1950s, will sing a series of duets this evening with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Michael Buble. Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which celebrates Bennett's 80th birthday, airs tonight at 8:00 on NBC and is directed by Rob Marshall, who also directed Chicago and Memoirs of Geisha. The tribute will include big production numbers and stories about Bennett from folks such as Billy Crystal and John Travolta.

Call me old fashioned, but I'd rather just see Tony on stage by himself singing his hits and a few standards without all the extravagance and folderol, but what the heck, it's good to acknowledge that he's still influencing artists from different generations.

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I enjoyed the Tony Bennett special. He is still a good singer, and the song choices were good. The dancers were good but very distracting. They made for an interesting contrast with real 60s dancers who were far less athletic. The camera angles sometimes annoyingly blocked the view of the singer with dancers, props, whatever. The most annoying prop was seating Diana Krall behind a prop piano and mostly showing her from the back of her head. Very odd. The show had me hooked though when Barbara Streisand appeared for the first duet! All in all, it was a lovely show, very nice.

November 22 2006 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sinatra told everyone how Bennett was his favorite singer, and that jump-started his career.

November 21 2006 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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