In the penultimate number, “Always Starting Over,” which Menzel sings solo, spotlighted on an otherwise dark stage, she holds the audience not just with her voice—big, but not that big—but through sheer force of will. I felt as if I were in the grip of a diva tractor beam, as if star power had a gravitational pull. This is a genuine physical sensation by the way. I’ve felt it twice before, with Sutton Foster, in the 2011 revival of Anything Goes, and Liza Minnelli in a one-woman show several lifetimes ago. Broadway legend has it that Ethel Merman’s gravitation pull was so strong she would bend light waves.
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