John, sporting a red vinyl suit and joined only by percussionist Ray Cooper, seemingly enjoys himself. Cooper, a 25-year compatriot of John’s, is especially charismatic in this setting.
From the set-opener of John’s signature “Your Song” to the rarely heard “Indian Sunset” through show closer “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” John is in fine vocal form throughout the fast-paced spec.
The fluid direction of Richard Baskin, with plenty of dissolves and timely shots of an exuberant crowd, and the choices of illumination by well-known lighting designer Greg Brunton, aid in making this show a keeper for the homevideo library.
A Special Evening with Elton John
(Sun. (11), 9-11 p.m., Disney)
Filmed in Los Angeles by Richard Baskin Prods. in association with the Disney Channel. Executive producer, John Reid; producers, Steve Brown, Ray Cooper; director, Richard Baskin; editor, Bruce Motyer; lighting designer, Greg Brunton; sound, Terry Kulcher; music producer, Greg Penny. #Performers: Elton John, Ray Cooper. Elton John fans lucky enough to score ducats for the singer's concerts last year at the Greek Theater will recognize this latest offering from the Disney Channel. Spec recalls the two-night stand, when John flawlessly rocked through a list of chestnuts and lesser-knowns at the intimate venue as part of a benefit concert for his AIDS Foundation. And like John in concert, Disney delivers the goods: a thoroughly entertaining special in the vein of its popular and well-conceived "Coming Home" series. However, here the cabler wisely omits the career retrospectiveclutter and instead focuses on John's performances and considerable skill as a showman. (The spec will be simulcast over Westwood One radio and will be shown during Disney's free preview promotion).