Showtune Sunday: In a diva showdown between LuPone vs. Buckley. whose “Meadowlark” do you prefer?
I knew that both Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley have regularly performed the wonderful song Meadowlark in their concerts for many years now.
But what I did not know until surfing the net just now is that there has been a bit of a tussle in the past between these two great Broadway divas over who originated the song.
Apparently Betty has claimed it was written for her while LuPone claims it because she sang it in the doomed pre-Broadway tour of the disastrous The Baker’s Wife which closed before making it to New York.
LuPone doesn’t mention Buckley in her memoir in the chapter about The Baker’s Wife but that could be because she was too busy maligning her leading man who does sound like a nightmare!
Anyway, the fact is, they are both amazing, I’m a huge fan of both, and I honestly cannot choose between the two versions of the song.