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Bernadette Peters: In Concert

4.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bernadette Peters, Paul Baker, Glenn Carter, Drew Jaymson, Michael Strassen
  • Directors: Gavin Taylor
  • Producers: Ian Martin, Paul Kafno
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • Release Date: July 31 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 1569383448
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,286 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Features

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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By A Customer on Aug. 11 2000
Format: DVD
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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The late British critic Kenneth Tynan once wrote of Katharine Hepburn: "She is not versatile, but like any star of true magnitude, she can do one or two of the most difficult things in the world supremely well." In a program devoted primarily to the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters does many things supremely well. She sings an Andrew Lloyd Weber number ("Unexpected Song") and she makes it seem as immediate, emotional, and important as anything on her well-chosen program. The colors in her voice do not represent an unlimited palette, but she uses what she has as only a true artist can. She brings to numbers by Jimmy Webb and Jerry Herman every ounce of feeling and intelligence that she naturally gives to Sondheim. This is a video to cherish for all times: one of the greatest of all Broadway singers pays tribute to one of the greatest of all Broadway composer/lyricists - and several others as well. No one who watches this will ever forget Bernadette's performance of "Time Heals Everything" from Jerry Herman's masterpiece Mack and Mabel. Not everybody loves Bernadette Peters as much as I do - but if Bernadette and her unique artistry is as dear to your heart as it is to mine, you will not want to be without this video. Most of this concert is devoted to the songs of Stephen Sondheim. His songs don't need a champion, but he's still a lucky guy to have Bernadette as his interpreter!
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I love the comment by the editorial writer above that Bernadette Peters is a "glorious anachronism." It's true. She has those Gibson Girl looks and a 30s movie star quality about her. And she has a voice that can melt the hardest of hearts. It's hard not to get a little misty eyed on hearing her version of "Not a Day Goes By" or "The Unexpected Song."
I did buy one of her poppier albums once, the one with her version of the old Carla Thomas song "Gee Whiz," and it was fine stuff, but some people were born to be--dare I say it?--Broadway babies. It really is her metier, and she virtually reigns supreme over Broadway today. Who else even comes close?
The concert format allows Ms. Peters to tackle material not previously associated with her. She mixes a little standard pop into her repertory, but the bulk of the concert is devoted to Broadway, specifically Sondheim. She is so skilled, however, that it in no way seems monotonous. I know a few anti-Sondheim types in my circle of acquaintances, and I would not hesitate to recommend this concert to them. Or to foist it on them, come to think of it.
Is Bernadette Peters an anachronism, glorious or otherwise? Well, Sondheim himself has said that the form is dying, so perhaps in that sense, Peters, as one of Broadway's brightest stars, may be one of the last of a dying breed. However, when you see her handily out-vamp Madonna on "Sooner or Later," you know that she really transcends all genre distinctions in any event. She is, plain and simple, a true star, and in that sense, timeless.
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