Topic: Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters: A Voice for the Eternal Child, Sondheim's in Particular
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On August 2, 2005, the curtain rises on Sondheim, Etc., Etc.—Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It), [Sondheim Etc. Etc ]a new CD from Angel Records featuring all the material not included on the initial concert recording release. Marvin Laird is the Musical Director and Conductor, featuring arrangements and orchestrations by Laird, Jonathan Tunick, Peter Matz, Billy Byers, Don Sebesky, Michael Starobin, and Philip J. Lang.
Sondheim, Etc., Etc. captures the passion, energy, and joy of Peters’ electrifying live performance that night – from the majestic overture, written especially for the concert by Mr. Laird, to the finale, a heartfelt rendition of the holiday classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The CD features the Broadway star at her best, performing more of her Stephen Sondheim songs, including a unique performance of “Later” from A Little Night Music, the tender ballad “With So Little To Be Sure Of” from Anyone Can Whistle, “Children Will Listen“ from Into the Woods, and “(They Ask Me Why) I Believe in You” – a song Mr. Sondheim gave to her to sing that evening.
The historic live recording also features the two-time Tony winner performing “Unexpected Song” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Song and Dance, and delivering spirited renditions of the Depression-Era tunes “We’re in the Money” – in Pig Latin! – and “Pennies From Heaven.” Peters lends her angelic voice to a variety of timeless love songs and ballads, including “If You Were the Only Boy,” “Faithless Love,” “Other Lady,” and a smoky rendition of “I Never Thought I’d Break.”
Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, on television, in concert, and in the recording industry. In 2003, she received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes’ record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy. Her brilliant performance was captured on the new Gypsy cast recording, released by Angel Records in August 2003.
Peters has received numerous awards, including the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically-acclaimed performances in the 1999 revival of the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Song and Dance. She garnered Tony Award nominations for her memorable performances in Sunday in the Park With George, The Goodbye Girl, Mack and Mabel, and On The Town, and received a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
In addition to this new release, Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall, and numerous original Broadway cast albums, Peters has recorded four solo albums, including two Grammy-nominated CDs released on Angel Records – Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring arrangements by the legendary Jonathan Tunick, and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight. Her other solo albums include Bernadette Peters and Now Playing, both for MCA Records.
Sondheim, Etc., Etc. is produced by Jay Landers. Executive Producers are Richard Jay-Alexander and Bruce Lundvall. The album is co-produced and mixed by Chris Tergesen.
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