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Send in the Clowns 

Who does it best?
Barbra Streisand 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
Judy Collins 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
Sally Anne Howes 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
Judi Dench 50%  50%  [ 7 ]
Angela Lansbury 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
Glenn Close 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Glynis Johns 21%  21%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 14

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Who's version is best?

This might take some time. I would prefer you listen to all versions before voting. Also, all general comments on each performance is expected.

Thank you.

Barbra Streisand: From Her Broadway Album
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8C1Kw-hy58

Judy Collins:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvzUdM29_uA (ignore the anime lol)

Sally Anne Howes: From the NYC Opera Production
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQDiKGRut80

Judi Dench: From the RNT Production
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rEhOnd8S-8

Angela Lansbury: From "A Stephen Sondheim Evening"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4CxYP66W0I

Glen Close: From Carnegie Hall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmDwlNHturU

Glynis Johns: From her Tony winning performance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAl-EawVobY


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Dots Parasole wrote:
Who's version is best?


It's a tie between Dench and Johns. They both bring so much character to the song, you can clearly hear they get it.

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I agree, as usual, with the brilliant Dvarg (which makes me brilliant by association!)

Obviously, he voted for one of the grand dames, and I voted for the other...

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Krusty the Clown's version is best.


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krisavalon wrote:
Krusty the Clown's version is best.

Just what I was thinking. :lol:

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Robinflamingo wrote:
I agree, as usual, with the brilliant Dvarg (which makes me brilliant by association!)



Come on... :oops: :D

And, yes, Krusty's verson rocks too!

I also like the version where Sondheim duets with ALW (as well as Sondheims own version of the Sondheim Sings album).

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You missed JEAN SIMMONS!!

my favorite is Dench but Simmons is a close 2nd!

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I missed Jean Simmons - she was my favourite before Judi Dench's version came along and blew all the others out the water.


Barbra Streisand sings at her self-indulgent best - the new verse is just over-egging the pudding.

Judy Collins is a charming concert version - tho' I prefer Francis Albert, if I'm going to listen to that style or Grace Jones lol :wink:

Sally Anne Howes is over-sung and she's not very convincing in the part.

Angela Lansbury's is fine for what it is but it's caught half-way between a concert and performance

Glen Close ditto for this and Ms Close has all the charisma of a wet weekend in Bradford.

Glynis Johns is affecting but just doesn't have the emotional punch that Dench or Simmons (or indeed Dorothy Tutin) gave it - the reaction is a sigh rather than heartbreak.


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Post Favourite "Send in the Clowns"
I think that my favourite interpretation of the song within the context of an actual production of A Little Night Music is Judi Dench's version from the RNT production, although I probably listen to Glynis Johns performing the song on the OBC more often. While I love the Dench interpretation, I find listening to it so difficult - I guess because the dialogue so clearly focuses the meaning of the song. So for listening, I'd say I probably pop in Ms Johns more often than any other. On other performances: Sally-Ann Howes has never made much of an impact on me as a Desiree on the whole, but she's probably the as good a bet as any in a production of the show by an opera company; and Catherine Zeta-Jones attacks the song a shade too brashly for my liking, or at least she did during previews - her performance might have settled somewhat since then.

For performances that are done out of the context of the show, I love Angela Lansbury's performance of the song from A Stephen Sondheim Evening above all others. There's an elegant brittleness about her performance that just suits the material perfectly. Second perhaps for this kind of performance of the song is Ruthie Henshall, who perhaps postures a little too much in both the face and the voice in her performance. As for the others: Barbra Streisand's recording is palatable, far better than her take of "Memory" for instance, but she really does just Streisand her way through the number for the most part; Glenn Close tends toward the ridiculous for me; she misses the irony of the song completely and sounds like she really is in a state of bliss; and Judy Collins's interpretation is far too "easy listening" for me (as is Frank Sinatra's for that matter.)

And that's what I have to say about that for the time being.

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