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CD Review – Harry Connick Jr.

In Concert, On Broadway

Columbia Records

Harry Connick Jr. is this generation’s Frank Sinatra, except more talented. Sinatra could sing and make the ladies swoon. Connick Jr. can sing, make the ladies swoon and make his fingers dance on the piano like Fred Astaire could dance in general. Proof of that is this live recording at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in New York City. He dances all over the ivory on “Besame Mucho” and reincarnated Sinatra on “The Way You Look Tonight.” But, as Sinatra sang, the best is yet to come. The three song paradise that concludes the concert, dedicated to this home of New Orleans, is a straight up party. What else would you expect from the area that knows how to live it up. “Take Her to the Mardi Gras,” “Bourbon Street Parade” and “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” close out a stellar show that has the audience screaming in delight and will leave you doing the same, even if you are enjoying a night in your favorite easy chair. Of course, if your still sitting after this is over, you’re already dead.

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