Chip Deffaa
June 07, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cy Coleman, composer of the Broadway hits Sweet Charity and Barnum, gathered an all-star cast to sing his upcoming musical, The Life. George Burns delivers the most affecting performance, recorded shortly before his death. Liza Minnelli, whose dramatic voice is so well suited to theater music, teams with Billy Stritch for another highlight. B+

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