Lonny Smith and I had a bit of a back-and-forth this morning about the clip above. It’s Lauren Bacall doing a tribute that Sondheim wrote for the occasion of Leonard Bernstein’s 70th birthday in a concert that was broadcast live on PBS. In one of the most notorious lyrics in the song, Sondheim mad a thinly veiled reference to Bernstein’s bisexuality. I quoted the lyric as …”I don’t care if he picks a schlemiel or a shiksa, he should please make up his mind.” Lonny said I had the quote wrong, and as you will see if you watch this video, I did.
BTW, I’m assuming that the “anagrams” game is Sondheim self-referencing, which makes me curious whom “tennis” refers to.