The ultimate Ladies who Lunch

The ultimate Ladies who Lunch


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2020

Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald

They made it for Steve’s birthday.


  • Larry L. Lash / Vienna, Austria says:

    An incredible event! All 2-1/2 hours of it far more entertaining – and life-confirming – than the Met’s dreary “gala” or the 75-minute shows being aired on Austrian media devoted to opera, operetta, and musicals (which will, of course, include some numbers from “Elisabeth” but no Sondheim).

    • perturbo says:

      Agree about the Met gala. When I tuned in and saw a mezzo trying to seduce her bookcase, well, I was done…

  • Rob says:

    Stepford Wives?

  • Bruce says:

    The link is blocked here for some reason, but easy to find on YouTube:

    It has a handy playlist with timings, so you can just skip straight to the things that appeal to you. I did that at first, but eventually ended up watching everything.

    A pretty great “show,” in my opinion. Very little hamming-it-up-for-the-audience (exception: “Ladies Who Lunch,” which was still excellent and bitter/hilarious), because there was no audience. Not a single performance was less than good, and a few were transcendent. A couple were beyond good/bad comparisons: Bernadette Peters, who must be 100 years old by now but has looked just the same for 40 years, singing “No One Is Alone” a capella, for instance.

    And of course the work is great.