RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

Rating: NNNN As the title suggests, this is Rufus Wainwright performing Judy Garland's classic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. There's probably a.


Rating: NNNN


As the title suggests, this is Rufus Wainwright performing Judy Garland’s classic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. There’s probably a fair amount of crossover between their fans, and Wainwright is one of the few modern performers who could pull this off not only vocally, but also performance-wise, milking the camp when appropriate and laying on the sentimentality and emotion where it should be.

There’s nothing in the way of extras on the DVD, although it does contain a five-song encore missing from the CD version, which was recorded at Carnegie for a touch more authenticity.

The 36-piece orchestra is great, and Wainwright turns the night into a family affair with appearances by his mother, Kate McGarrigle, and sister Martha Wainwright, as well as Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft. It’s joyful, raucous and incredibly gay (in both senses of the word).

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