Showtune Sunday: Very different versions of “I Am What I Am” by Bassey, Barrowman, Gaynor and Hearn
Thought I’d shine the showtune spotlight today on a song I’ve danced to many a night at a gay club.
It’s the big power ballad I Am What I Am is a song originally introduced in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles.
Here are four different versions of the song starting with the fantabulous Shirley Bassey who is still delivering the goods well into her 70s.
Then there is the glorious Gloria Gaynor whose other megahit, I Will Survive, is also a gay dance bar staple, Broadway babe John Barrowman’s version and finally, George Hearn who starred on Broadway in La Cage.