Also checked out the pre-premiere of Sunset Boulevard, a recording of the performance that ALW set up for friends and possible show angels (I assume.) It was weird, but really entertaining! Several of the numbers got reworked even by the time of the cast recording, which was later reworked by the time it came to America. (The original cast recording has Patti LuPone and is kind of gold or orange, the American cast has Glenn Close and is silver, if you're looking at CD cases which nobody does anymore.) Anyway, Patti LuPone, and let me say she is really stellar in front of an audience. In cast recordings she kind of falls flat with no one to react to, but her Norma Desmond was really, really good. As I mentioned to N. (who I was watching this stuff with, because you need friends around to drink and watch musicals,) I have my problems with Andrew Lloyd Webber, but when his style intersects with compatible material it really, really works. ("As If We Never Said Goodbye" is a really moving performance when an actress hits it, and LuPone hit it out of the park.)
Honestly it makes me even madder at that 2011 Company with LuPone and Colbert and Neil Patrick Harris, because SOMEONE screwed up LuPone's direction. There is no reason her version of "Ladies Who Lunch" should have had that many bad choices, but it was dire. "What we want you to do is fight the music on every single line, and also play this as a mental breakdown. Can you do that?" Sigh. Not my favorite interpretation, to be sure. I mean, obviously it's a "Too drunk at a party and going off and realizing how not okay you are" song, but I always feel like Joanne has a level of self-possession even during the yelling parts. Here's Sheila Gish's interpretation from the Donmar Warehouse revival which is one of my faves.
... ugh, my ankles continue to be giving me pains, which is annoying when I'm trying to do the exercises my physical therapist recommended. Heal faster! I'm looking forward to not walking up and down stairs this weekend.