There are a few excruciating moments on this CD. I literally blushed with sympathetic embarrasment when Prince's patter got really awkward as she joked about people who shop at Wal-Mart and Target, followed by unapologetically snobby guffaws and whoops by the high-brow crowd at one of Palm Beach, Florida's toniest venues. Really, Faith? And there is that so-silly-but-so-earnestly-performed "clever" number that is a parody all by itself, "Take Me Back to the Eighties," and the de-rigeur novelty number, "Crossword Puzzle," that is cringe-worthy all by itself. Don't get me wrong - Ms. Prince sings them well, and even manages to sound like she's sorta in on the joke and knows it isn't as funny as it probably seemed in rehearsal.
|With son Henry, to whom she dedicates|
"Not While I'm Around"
Before it is all over, we get to hear a large chunk of her performance as a replacement (and touring) Audrey in Little Sop of Horrors, an all too brief glimpse of her Tony-winning Adelaide from Guys and Dolls, and even a hint at what might be, should she get the chance to take on Mrs. Lovett. Interesting, too, more for its ballsy-ness than its actual performance is Faith Prince as Elaine Stritch singing "The Ladies Who Lunch." That number proves that she's probably be a great Joanne, but then, just as she lets herself shine through, she slips back into an iffy-at-best impersonation. Oddly enough, it is best when she drops the self-conscious Stritch-iness and goes into full Prince mode.
She ends the set better than she started it with a robust "But the World Goes 'Round," a medley of "Take Me Back to Manhattan" and "Before the Parade Passes By," and ends with a lovely "Bless Your Heart." One wishes that this CD/concert didn't take so long to get to the really good stuff. All the patter and a couple of missteps take a great deal away from an otherwise fine collection.