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Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields‘ score for the legendary hit musical Sweet Charity spawned many memorable numbers (“Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” among them), but along the way one of the show’s most moving ballads has criminally been little heard outside of the theater in the past couple of decades: the plaintive closing solo “Where Am I Going.”
The song has been covered by an impressive list of vocalists over the years: Barbara Streisand charted with the song early in her career, and soulful divas ranging from Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells and Kim Weston all committed defining interpretations to wax. For today, we decided to present one of our favorite takes… this one from the Queen of blue-eyed soul, the inimitable Dusty Springfield. The track provided the album title for Springfield’s 1967 release, and her reading of the tune is exactly what you’d expect – a lush soulful ballad fronted by one of the most unmistakable female voices of the last century.
Fifty years after it first premiered on Broadway, Tony winner Sutton Foster (TV’s Bunheads, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes), will star in the New Group‘s revival of Sweet Charity Autumn 2016. Leigh Silverman’s intimate staging of the classic will begin previews in November at Off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center featuring choreography by Joshua Bergasse. For more information and to order tickets click HERE.
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