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Bernadette Peters is a glorious anachronism, a tiny New Yorker with a big voice, coppery pre-Raphaelite curls, and the sort of ripe physicality that made it logical she should ignore PC and have legendary pinup artist Vargas capture her for an album cover portrait. While most of her musical peers were getting funky, getting in touch with themselves, or getting high, Peters was honing her skills as a musical actress, setting her compass by Broadway with occasional detours to Hollywood. Now Peters is acknowledged as one of the Great White Way's natural wonders, a bona fide Tony-winning musical comedy star performing here in her first full-length video concert.
Taped in London's Royal Festival Hall, this 1998 performance expands on the same song list as the 1997 Carnegie Hall debut captured in her CD Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall. Like that show, the London appearance leans on Stephen Sondheim's remarkable canon, including both the shows Peters herself starred in (Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and those she wished she did. Indeed, her stage patter toys with the facts and fiction in her career, a refreshing wink at her own putative diva-hood. While she's clearly a thinking fan's diva, she also radiates a rare sweetness and a lush sensuality. --Sam SutherlandFrom the Back Cover:
Live from Royal Festival Hall in London, Bernadette Peters combines raw talent with alluring sophistication as she sings many Broadway standards, including "Broadway Baby" (Follies), "Time Heals Everything" (Mack & Mabel), and "Some People" (Gypsy). She also performs songs from her illustrious stage and recording career, including the Grammy-nominated I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall. This London concert debut by the Tony® Award-winning Ms. Peters is a night to remember.
Approx. 91 minutes. Featuring Paul Baker, Glenn Carter, Drew Jaymson, Michael Strassen, and the Orchestra of London with Musical Director/Conductor Marvin Laird.
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