This fantastic documentary focuses on the life and achievements of Peter Allen (1944-92), legendary Australian entertainer, consummate showman, songwriter, and storyteller, combining tributes and remembrances, photos, film clips from TV, and vignettes from legendary performances and numerous shows in Australia and the United States. The film follows his childhood, his "discovery" by Judy Garland, his rise to international stardom, his successes at Radio City Music Hall and failure on Broadway, and his untimely death from AIDS. Among the highlights is rare footage of Allen with both Garland and his wife, Liza Minelli. Tributes from Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, Bernadette Peters, and others are interspersed among the dazzling show-stopping performances of his music, including "Don't Cry Out Loud," "I Honestly Love You," "I Go to Rio," the Oscar-winning "Best That You Can Do," and the moving autobiographical song, "Tenterfield Saddler." A glorious tribute; highly recommended for all types of libraries, especially those focusing on entertainment and the performing arts.-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.