I remember Ms. Streisand saying the ALW sent her the entire "Sunset Blvd" score and told her take whatever you want. Around the same time Patti was told she could not sing any of the songs in her concert. I saw her concert, she was not pleased. I also saw Barbra's concert and the opener, "As If I Never Said Goodbye" was beyond incredible. Watch it on the DVD, there are not many moments like that. She is in a league of her own, Sondheim rewrites songs for her and I am sure she sells more recordings of them than anyone else. Still, what was ALW thinking throughout of all this, from paying off Patti from not going to Bwy in the show to paying off Faye Dunaway for closing the LA production before she appeared he has millions of things to think about. But Faye Dunaway? His biggest mistake was saying to the press she sounded great one day and firing her shortly thereafter for not being able to sing the role. Wasn't Carol Burnett available? A friend who had seen Patti in the show in London flew to LA to see Glenn Close as Norma one night and Barbra in concert the next. He gets here and Barbra lost her voice and postponed all of those shows. Then Glenn collapsed during the performance the night before and was out of the show. I took him to see Forbidden Broadway where in addition to seeing "Barbra" he got to see "Patti" as Max kill "Glenn" as Norma. Ah show business!
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