Many music critics have said that Tony Bennett could take a song and make it seem like he was living the song. No singer put more of himself into a piece. We will look at his extraordinary career of more than 75 years, including his early start and discovery by Bob Hope. We’ll talk about his war years, not as a singer but as a heroic soldier, his recording catalog of hundreds of our greatest songs, his relationships with some of the greatest performers of all time, ending with his very special friendship and collaboration with Lady Gaga who was like a daughter to him. We’ll talk about his son’s role in reviving his career when it was flagging. Of the many songs he recorded, we’ll do live performances of some most associated with his career, including: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “The Best is Yet To Come,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “Put on a Happy Face,” “Because of You,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Rags to Riches,” and many more. In addition, you will hear the stories behind these songs and see very special videos of his duets with some of the greats, including Lady Gaga. Finally, we’ll discuss the miracle of his final concert at Radio City Music Hall.
Musical Director: David Lahm, whose late mother, Dorothy Fields, wrote so many of the songs that Tony sang.