Elton John Medley
I Want to Hold Your Hand/Imagine
Tribute to John Lennon
Kiss Me Goodbye
The Washington Post
Petula Clark: Upbeat & 'Downtown'
Petula Clark is an extraordinarily eclectic performer. Last night at the Kennedy Center, the British songstress was torch singer, balladeer, Latin bombshell, C&W artist, rocker and music hall entertainer all in one.
"How Are Things in Glocamora," (sic) from her film Finian's Rainbow, reached back a half century. A parody of Elton John had Clark whooping and squealing.
She was backed by a seven-piece band on most selections, but several times provided her own piano accompaniment. These interludes revealed special vocal qualities: a quavering timbre, a whispery delivery.
The balcony song from Evita, with its contrasting passivity and fiery passion, was a highlight. But Clark saved for last the song she will probably be remembered for--"Downtown." Well, almost last: A standing ovation brought her back for more.
--W. Royal Stokes