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Bernadette Peters in Concert -

Bernadette Peters , Paul Baker , Gavin Taylor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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 Sutherland

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Bernadette Peters stars in this 90-minute live concert from London's Royal Festival Hall. Marvin Laird conducts the Orchestra of London.

We're in the Money/Pennies from Heaven          
Broadway Baby          
No One Is Alone          
Sooner or Later          
Unexpected Song          
Faithless Love          
Time Heals Everything         
Raining in My Heart         
Some People          
Hello, Little Girl/Any Moment       
You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Not a Day Goes By
Being Alive
With So Little to Be Sure Of
Children Will Listen
Move On
I'll Be Seeing You
My Romance/Just the Way You Look Tonight

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5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the TRUE Broadway Divas! Feb. 7 2002
Bernadette Peters and Broadway... one in the same.
Hearing or seeing Ms. Peters, either live or on tape never ceases to amaze me. This concert was nothing but pure joy. To see an artist of her caliber perform is always high scale entertainment.
Bernadette's interpretation of both music and lyric is one of a kind, and here we get to see it up close. Her interpretation of Sondheim's music is unlike anyone's. It's no wonder why she enjoys performing his work... she does it flawlessly. The definition of a true artist is one who can convey their feelings and emotions to their audience... and Bernadette more than accomplishes it. As I watched her performance, I felt what she did.. happiness, sadness, joy and regret. And overall incredible evening of performance by a great star.
What makes it even more special to know is that the tender loving Bernadette on stage is the REAL Bernadette. I have had the pleasure of meeting her after a few of her shows and concerts and she's as warm off stage as she is on. A true delight.
If you're a fan of musicals, Stephen Sondheim or music sung and interpreted beautifully, buy this DVD! It will be an evening of performance you won't soon forget!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway's Best - Bernadette Dec 23 2004
Everyone knows that Bernadette Peters is one of the most amazing broadway performers, and Sondheim is the king of musical theatre composition. When the first lady of the broadway musical and the king of musical theatre get together, they are unbeatable. Get this DVD and you will watch it over, and over. Bernadette Peters can act a song better than anyone in the world and these songs show her off perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Best! May 7 2002
Bernadette Peters has so great beauty that she looks like cold Greek scalpture or evil enchantress, rather I feel. But I found she is so funny and nice entertainer when I watch this DVD. Sound and pictures are very good and this become one of my best DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A response to Mr. David Carlin's review below Aug. 23 2001
Just for the record, Bernadette Peters was born on February 28, 1948, so she has many years to go before she reaches age 61. Also, she has said in interviews that she doesn't smoke or drink, is a vegetarian, exercises regularly, and takes dance and voice lessons. After all, she is an actor, and actors frequently refer to their bodies as their "instruments." If Bernadette's instrument is fine-tuned and in great shape, it isn't because she sold her soul to anybody. It's because she made a commitment to professionalism, and has led a disciplined life. And couldn't we all learn a thing or two from her?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Baby Dec 31 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I already owned Into The Woods and was in awe of Ms. Peters' performance in it, so I purchased this. I was astounded at her performing and vocal ability, and much more astounded when I found out her age (exact words: "but, she's so HOT!"). Except for "We're In The Money", all the songs and/or performances are wonderful (some of the songs were only made interesting by her rendition). Also, if anyone who heard she will be playing Madame Rose in Gypsy is doubting her ability to play the role, they ought to see her rendition of "Some People" on this video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a FABULOUS concert!!! Dec 5 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Bernadette really shows what makes her so wonderful in this concert. She is the kind of performer who will take her audience on the full emotional journey of every song she sings. Her rendition of "Till the Days Go By" is especially moving. This concert is WELL worth its money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's still got it!!!! Oct. 4 2000
Format:VHS Tape
After 50 some-odd years she's still going strong and better than ever as this movie proves. It's one that a person can NEVER get tired of! Bernadette is witty, and sweet and loveable. Do NOT miss this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some reservations Aug. 11 2000
I am a big Peters fan, too. I agree with the above reviews about her talents, so I won't repeat them.
But there are a couple of things that you should know about before purchasing this DVD. They diminished the experience for me:
1. The sound is not well mixed for Dolby Pro-Logic; almost nothing comes out of the back speakers, and the sound is so low that I had to turn the volume up almost halfway to get any volume. It was not just a bad disk; I borrowed a friend's (who did not buy from Amazon), and the problem was there, too.
2. The lighting and camerawork for the concert are significantly subpar. Lighting levels must be brought way down for video (as opposed to live performance), but it didn't happen. So, the lighting is too bright and occasionally washed out. Also, the camerawork seems amateurish and ungraceful. In general, the audio and video are not well produced.
3. You have to really love Sondheim to really love this DVD. I love Peters but don't love Sondheim nearly as much. A little would be fine, but there's too much, and the concert ends up very dry.
I thought you should know.
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