Bernadette Peters

February 8, 2012


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Despite having headlined other shows, when Peters appeared in the original cast of “Into the Woods”—the first time I saw her on stage—she was truly an ensemble player, generously sharing the spotlight with the company. My next encounter with Peters on stage was in the most recent revival of “Annie Get Your Gun,” where she transcended a somewhat misguided production, pulling out the vocal stops to give the audience its money’s worth (particularly with a stirringly simple take on “I Got Lost in His Arms”). Just last year, I caught Peters’ performance at the Kennedy Center in D.C. in the production of “Follies” that eventually moved to Broadway. There, I had the privilege of seeing a stunning, emotional performance by Peters that both served the ensemble a la “Into the Woods” and delivered big, hold-the-stage-alone moments a la “Annie Get Your Gun,” all while revealing a depth of characterization that was heartbreaking.

This week, one of Broadway’s few true stars will be at the Palladium—and I’m looking forward to seeing even more sides to a one-of-a-kind performer. Details here