But it is not only old: rich and interesting. Although Luger and Wilbert had a distinctive voice when they were singing separately. But they can sound almost the same when singing together. (They have the same voice teacher.) Listening to the play, even if they can’t figure out who’s who. In duet songs like “You Are My Best Friend” (charming opening) and “isn’t it better?” (Kander and Ebb’s torch song here becomes the sibling anthem), something sublime happens when the sound The two closely intertwined, seemingly multiplying even as they merge.
The effect is highest at the end of the album, a matching Patty Griffin song “Be Careful” with “Dear Theodosia” sung by Aaron Burr with his infant daughter in “Hamilton”. Performed by Luker and Wilfert, “Theodosia” feels like today̵7;s women’s promises to their spiritual daughters to leave them in a safer world, “Be careful,” where the lyrics offer the title of the song. “All the Girls” is extremely vague, celebrating the strength of women. But also their fragility – and boldly end in irreparable harmony.
Which only felt right As strong as an album – Thalken’s five-chapter anthology setting is particularly lovely – it’s wrapped up in an inevitable loss. I am not referring to the loss of Luker herself, her tone. (And Wilfert’s) were slowly being squeezed out of the musical theater, while the classically trained sopranos gave way to this clearly described in the song “Not Funny,” which Kelli had to say. O’Hara will sing at a concert Tuesday. Most of the new works were written for Belter.
The greater the loss is definitely a personal matter. Many of us mourning our loved ones are grateful for their voices that may be preserved in text messages, phones, or videos. That’s not Burstein’s situation. He has a lot of Luker’s albums to listen to. But they’re devastating too, especially on “All the Girls”, the final mix with heartbreaking Griffin lyrics: “Be careful how you bend me / be careful how you send me / be careful. How did you finish me? “
In any case, the album is what Luker has given us, not him. More than her public voice, what Burstein misses the most after 20 years of marriage is her personal voice, the sound he hears in the ride that takes it up to 70s hits on radio.
“Right now, it’s just me and the radio,” he said.
By comparison, the rest of us are fortunate to listen to “All the Girls” in some way of Luker’s funniest and smartest album. We’ll keep her singing with us forever.
Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert
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May 4 at 7:30 p.m.