Playbill.com had a great article incorporating videos-up of various Bernadette Peters performances from her television talk show appearances over the years. Well worth checking out. (BTW, I think my favorite is English Girls from Song & Dance).
The current Diva Talk column interviews Leigh Ann Larkin who is giving a love it/hate it performance as Petra in A Little Night Music. I LOVED this passage in the interview where she talks about the show switching leads to Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch:
Question: How do you think the show has changed with them?
Larkin: Dare I say completely? I mean, completely is a pretty absolute word, but I would say, if it was on a scale from 1 to 10, I would say a 7 or an 8. Just because Catherine and Bernadette are so different, and Angela and Elaine are 180 opposites. When you have two people steering a show and they’re replaced with two other people, the show changes. I remember even our first preview, walking on stage and I was like, “What am I doing? Am I in this show? What am I doing?” because it was such an adjustment to where the show was before and what the tone of the show was and the mood of the show was before. And, now it’s become something that’s funnier. I mean, people are flipping out over it. They’re really enjoying it, and enjoying the humor that is brought to it and what Elaine and Bernadette bring. I think the cool part about that is, it’s really reaffirmed for me that it’s okay to be who you are and bring something different than somebody else. It’s okay that [some] people aren’t going to understand what you’re doing, and some people are going to think it’s the best thing they’ve ever experienced in their lives. It’s okay because these people are artists, and they’re true to what they want to bring and to what they do. And look at where they are — above-title, top-of-the-marquee, billboard-in-Times-Square legends. I think that’s what the coolest thing is about me getting to witness the transformation is that you just have to do what you do and what you believe in, and that’s what’s most important. There are a lot of moments in this business where you think, “Oh, gosh. Everybody hates me, I’m terrible. What am I doing? I’m never gonna work again. Where am I going?” And then you see people like that who are pretty much certified Broadway star/legends, who do what they do and do what they believe in doing, and it’s served them just brilliantly. Yeah, but it’s definitely seeing a different show.
Very pleasant publicity interview online in Playbill with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch :”Stritch also believes she and Peters are “very much alike, and we’re finding things every day in playing the parts. She’s got the same kind of humor that I do. Our sense of humor – I love that expression – it’s a sense of humor, a deep sense of humor, and I see it in her.””
Also, the Playbill Diva Talk column profiles Alice Ripley as she ends her Broadway engagement in Next to Normal: “When asked how she believes her performance has changed during her 16-month Broadway run, Ripley says, “Well, all I can say is I can tell you what people have told me about my performance or just tell you how it makes me feel. People have said that it has changed and then, I feel like I’ve changed, so if I’ve changed, the performance has changed. So, it probably has, and I’m hoping it’s grown because you’re always looking to fill in details.””
The current Playbill.com DIVA TALK column has a great piece with Bernadette Peters discussing the songs of Stephen Sondheim: “Peters says that Sondheim’s songs are different from other composers “because he writes the music and the lyrics. It’s combined. They’re about very deep and interesting things. I’m always learning about life singing his songs. And I’m bringing myself to experiences that I like experiencing. The positive ones, anyway,” she laughs, “over and over.””
Also, a great review of Marilyn Maye at Feinstein’s.
Bernadette Peters will be active in the DC area in the next few weeks:
This Friday, April 17, at 10:00am, she’ll be doing a reading and signing for her book, Broadway Barks, at the Barnes and Noble in Bethesda.
Sunday, April 19th, at 4:00pm, she’ll be performing her concert at Strathmore
Monday, April 27th, she’ll be saluting Stephen Sondheim at the Signature awards gala.