Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall (3 stars)

Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall

(Polydor)

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There can have been few camper shows in living memory: 21st century gay icon Rufus Wainwright, performing a carbon recreation of ultimate 20th century gay icon Judy Garland’s legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Staged six times (twice in London), it was hailed as one of the most momentous events in showbiz history.

As a two-disc live album, while still a sparkling flick through the Great American Songbook, is a novelty that begins to wear thin, minus the visual glitz, glamour and scale of the occasion. The companion DVD Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium is probably a better investment.

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