An Audience Is An Audience

5 09 2008

Sadly, an audience is an audience. Overheard last night, at the opening gala of the Toronto International Film Festival, from a twentysomething woman responding to the words “Burt Bacharach” that were floating in the air near her ears: “Oh yeah, I know him. I know him! He’s the guy who plays two pianos. He plays two pianos! He was in Austin Powers, and he played two pianos!” And she is, of course, correct.

This is the gentleman who was companion in his youth to Marlene Dietrich. This is the gentleman who wrote “A House Is Not a Home,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “This Guy’s In Love With You,” and “The Look of Love,” and “What’s New Pussycat?” and so much else. Now he’s the man who plays two pianos in Austin Powers. This is the man upon whose songs Dionne Warwick made her career—-and now . . .

Well, he has an audience, and an audience is an audience.

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