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Review: Tony Bennett proves cool is not a passing fad

Cool is not a twerking post-pubescent or an egg-tossing elf.

Cool is 87-year-old Tony Bennett, who enthralled a full Mahaffey Theater with a cavalcade of hits spanning his many decades in show business.

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, Bennett thrilled from his opening number, “Watch What Happens,” until his closer, “Fly Me To The Moon,” made even more amazing because he put down his microphone and sang the tune without amplification.

Bennett tugged on heart strings, singing “Hey Old Friend,” in a duet with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, who also opened for him.

The 23-song, hour-plus set also included standards like “That Old Black Magic,” “For Once In My Life” and, of course, his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.’’

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