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Concert: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall

A most unlikely and perfectly natural fit

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

They are at once the most unlikely of singing partners and a perfect match. He is 88, she is 29. They are both of Italian heritage (Anthony Dominick Benedetto, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) yet universes apart culturally. He’s a snazzy dresser, always in an impeccably tailored suit, she is known for donning outrageous costumes, most notably a dress festooned with meat.

Where their paths intersect is the Great American Songbook, those standards from the first half of the 20th century that somehow never get old-especially in the right hands. For two hours at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 20, the second of a four-night stand on their joint Cheek to Cheek Tour-titled after their wonderful 2014 album release-Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga surveyed that canon in tandem and individually. It was pure delight.

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