April 11, 1974
It's altogether fitting and proper that Petula Clark's next-to-last engagement for Caesar's Palace should be a compilation of some of her best moments and songs from her last several Palace dates. Clark, who will be back at Caesar's in August and moving to the Riviera Hotel later this year, is at the Circus Maximus with special guest-star Tim Conway making his third appearance.
This time out, her songfest includes a handful of hits of others that she has made her own by her special treatment, such as the Beatles' provocative "Fool on the Hill," or Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Get Down," and several of her own, particularly Chaplin's "This Is My Song," "I Couldn't Live without Your Love," "Don't Sleep in the Subway," and, of course, her trademark "Downtown."
Moreover, Clark is one of those twice-a-year Strip visitors from overseas (like Humperdinck, Newley, Bassey, Jones, etc.) who make each appearance a little more special by adding a distinctly international flavor to their performances.
One of the most naturally witty and amusing performers of that ilk, Petula's quick, dry wit is an audience warmer and charmer.
One of the high spots of her show is her short history of her own musical career, starting with her childhood appearances for the Armed Forces and "G.I. Jive," a tribute to Judy Garland and a stunning "Man That Got Away," and her latest discovery, American country-western music as typified by "Your Cheatin' Heart."
Her Elegance, Petula Clark, is back from Britain with another of her classy songalogs and this time has Tim Conway aboard for laughs. It adds up to a highly entertaining, casino-sized 80 minutes.
Clark's pleasant tones are at home with just about any tune, this time tossing in a Bread medley ("If," "Baby I'm a Want You"), Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Get Down," Charlie Chaplin's "This Is My Song," the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill," a salute to Judy Garland with "The Man That Got Away" and to Nat King Cole with "Mona Lisa." Her whine of the country-western "Your Cheatin' Heart" has a certain cultured earthiness. Unobtrusive, good sounding "Angelettes" femme trio blends; Frank Owens masterfully guides the Nat Brandwynne orchestra.