A "subtle spell" was cast over the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall Sunday night by powerhouse performances from hit Broadway musicals such as "Carousel," and "Annie Get Your Gun."
"The center's 13th annual gala [was]...a respectably glitzy 90-minute concert hosted by Julie Andrews (whose participation, alas, was limited to opening remarks)," writes Nelson Pressley in The Washington Post. Highlights included Brian Stokes Mitchell's rendition of "Soliloquy" from "Carousel"; Barbara Cook performing "Wonderful Guy," making it "sound like the easiest song ever written, even though singing that contains sparkle of such a high magnitude is rare," according to Pressley. Cook also conveyed "exquisite heartache" with her "downbeat, gossamer rendition of 'This Nearly Was Mine,'" Pressley wrote. Marvin Hamlisch, principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, was musical conceiver and director of the evening's program. Not surprisingly, Rodgers and Hammerstein dominated the program, with more than half the selections coming from their musicals.