Showtune Sunday: A diva singoff: “I’m Still Here”
Many of our biggest female stars have belted out I’m Still Here which is from the Stephen Sondheim show Follies.
To me, the definitive version is Shirley MacLaine’s. Not because it’s technically the best but because it is performed in such an important scene in the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge and it tells us so much about MacLaine’s character and her relationship with her daughter (played by Meryl Streep).
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love Elaine Stritch’s knockout performance or Elaine Page’s from the most recent revival. Here are those and some others including Polly Bergen whose I had not seen until now – wow! Let me know your favorite. (the last clip is a little snippet of Lauren Bacall singing part of the song – I’ve included it because she turns 88 today!)