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Laura Benanti

'Kennedy Center Honors' a serious disappointment this year

'Kennedy Center Honors' a serious disappointment this year

I can’t count all the rave reviews I have written for “The Kennedy Center Honors” over the years.

This year, though, it’s a different story.

I cannot remember being as disappointed by a production that I have looked forward to year after year as I was by this year’s offering, which airs at 9 tonight on CBS.

I used to love the short film biographies of each of the honorees that were shown before other performers and artists took the stage at the Kennedy Center to offer their salutes. They were skillfully crafted mini-biographies that usually helped explain the cultural roots of the people being honored.

This year, not so much.

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