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Bernadette Peters: In Concert
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.
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
No One Is Alone
Sooner or Later
Time Heals Everything
Raining in My Heart
Hello, Little Girl/Any Moment
You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Not a Day Goes By
With So Little to Be Sure Of
Children Will Listen
I'll Be Seeing You
My Romance/Just the Way You Look Tonight
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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!
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.
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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Everyone knows that Bernadette Peters is one of the most amazing broadway performers, and Sondheim is the king of musical theatre composition. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2004 by Thomas A
Bernadette Peters has so great beauty that she looks like cold Greek scalpture or evil enchantress, rather I feel. Read morePublished on May 7 2002 by Kentaro Harada
Just for the record, Bernadette Peters was born on February 28, 1948, so she has many years to go before she reaches age 61. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2001 by R. W. Holliston
I already owned Into The Woods and was in awe of Ms. Peters' performance in it, so I purchased this. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2000 by Andrew Fox
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. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2000 by a HUGE Bernadette fan
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! Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2000
I have been a fan of Ms. Peters for over 15 years since I first heard the soundtrack to "Mack and Mabel". Read morePublished on April 13 2000 by email@example.com
I watched this video and thought...Oh my God, this lady looks like she is still 21 years old. She is more like 61 and beautiful, still has her choppers and a great Bod...... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2000 by David Carlin