One of the potent factors relevant to Petula Clark's presentation is the delicious humor she inserts between songs. Her singing has galvanized the attention and acclaim, but she extends her fascination to tablers with the drolleries pertinent to her numbers and stage biz.
Although her disk output has remained static for some time and much of the heady applause is sparked by the brace of Tony Hatch tunes of some years ago, there are other pop chansons she works up for very strong reception. One of these is a collection of Cole Porter hits complete with Art Deco portrait prop, behind which she changes costume. Another is an evocative perusal of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." Her overwrought finish on "I Don't Know How to Love Him" is a minus, withal, and the same could be said for her choice of gowns and other apparel, none terribly becoming for an established English lady of wit and melody.
March 7, 1975
If music is your cup of entertainment tea, the Riviera offers 90 minutes of wide-ranging compositions sung in the distinctive styles of Petula Clark and the Stylistics. The vivacious British star, whose name is synonymous with such hits as "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway," shares the headliner spot with the peripatetic Stylistics. The latter have twelve gold records to their credit, including some of the biggest sellers of the past decade.
Petula's is the more versatile of the two acts. Accompanied by the award-winning Dick Palombi orchestra, an aggregation of near symphonic proportions, she blends such contemporary songs as "Fire and Rain" and "I Got a Name" with a delicious medley of Cole Porter tunes highlighted by "It's De-lovely." The latter, which Porter introduced 40 years ago in a Broadway musical called Red, Hot and Blue, was a show-stopper sung by a promising young comedian named Bob Hope. It earned him a ticket to Hollywood.