Sammy Davis, Jr. And My Memory Of “The Phantom Of The Opera”
As a young man I saw several versions on television of Sammy Davis, Jr. sing The Music Of The Night from The Phantom Of The Opera. The show had opened on Broadway just a couple years prior and Davis had put the song into his own shows. I was living in Madison and life was just opening up for me. I could not imagine what a huge stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show might be like, but Davis made me know it had to be quite dramatic. This evening James and I sat not so far from the famed chandelier—in fact we got some of the ‘shattered glass’ effect at the end of Act One—as we took in the performance at Madison’s Overture Center. It was simply breath-taking! Tonight I thought of Davis and those times I watched him perform. I loved that guy for the talents he had and the way he shared them. He was the one who introduced me to this Broadway show and it seems fitting to pay him tribute tonight.