Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform tonight, Monday 22, at New Yorks’ Radio City Music Hall, having wowed the crowd with their Cheek to Cheek show on Friday night last.
The set comprised over 30 standards, sung solo and together, with Bennett, now 88, proceeding slowly across the stage, “cautiously and with dignity, “ according to the New York Times review of the gig.
“With his customary grace and humility, Mr. Bennett embodied the patriarch of American popular song he has been for the last two decades, “ enthused the reviewer Stephen Holden. “Around him fluttered that irresistible force, Lady Gaga, 29, an eccentric living bauble, in a succession of extravagant showgirl outfits and wigs."
“Shape-shifting from approximations of Mae West to Marilyn Monroe to a glittery cat-suited vamp, she twirled this or that accouterment like an old-time burlesque performer."
The singers were accompanied by a big band augmented by a string section, conducted by the pianist Mike Renzi.
The reviewer also noted how the chemistry between the performers in this Cheek to Cheek tour is “noticeably different from the cuddly granddad and granddaughter intimacy of their videos.”
While the success of the solo segments was highlighted, Holden noted that Lady Gaga’s bright, saucy Broadway-trained voice and Mr. Bennett’s mature saloon style couldn’t find a comfortable blend” (on the duets.)
Ultimately, he thought Bennett surpassed his junior partner, despite her obvious vigour and flamboyance. “For all the flash and synthetic sexiness Lady Gaga brought to the stage, musically the evening belonged to Mr. Bennett..”
The Cheek to Cheek tour continues in the USA until August 1.