Sondheim, Etc.: Live at Carnegie Hall

Sondheim, Etc.: Live at Carnegie Hall

by Bernadette Peters


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The first amazing thing about this recording, made at Carnegie Hall on December 9, 1996, is that it represents the New York concert debut of a performer who made her Broadway stage debut more than 28 years earlier and has long since become a major musical comedy star, known for her appearances in such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and The Goodbye Girl. Bernadette Peters was 48 years old at the time of this recording, but she retained the charming, childlike quality she had always brought to her work, as well as the authority that comes with decades of experience. Both were necessary to bring off a show largely devoted to the emotionally complicated work of songwriter Stephen Sondheim, author or co-author of 12 of the 15 tracks, especially since Peters chose such a wide range of material, notably the Into the Woods songs "No One Is Alone," "Hello, Little Girl," and "Any Moment," none of which she had sung in the musical. Peters did recall her long career, however, especially in a powerful performance of "Time Heals Everything" from Mack & Mabel, in which she starred. In her stage remarks, shorn of a character to play, she turned out to be funny and appealing. The final trio of songs (all by Sondheim) could hardly be improved: "Not a Day Goes By" (to which Peters gave the definitive reading) suggests you can't live with a relationship; "Being Alive" suggests you can't live without one; and "Move On" (which Peters sang in Sunday in the Park with George) suggests that life presents broader considerations. Performed before a wildly enthusiastic audience, Sondheim, Etc. is a triumphant debut worthy of an encore.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/1997
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0724349819924
catalogNumber: 98199
Rank: 6912

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Primary Artist
Marvin Laird   Conductor
Tony Parise   Vocals
Sean McDermott   Vocals
Bill Ebbesmeyer   Vocals
Sean Martin Hingston   Vocals
Craig Runano   Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Matz   Arranger,Orchestration
Bernadette Peters   Executive Producer
Billy Byers   Arranger,Orchestration
Don Sebesky   Arranger,Orchestration
John Harris   Engineer
Jay Landers   Producer
Philip J. Lang   Arranger,Orchestration
John O'Hara   Cover Photo
Michael Starobin   Arranger,Orchestration
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger,Orchestration
Chris Tergesen   Producer,Engineer
Marvin Laird   Arranger,Director,Orchestration,Musical Director
Steve Murphy   Executive Producer
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes
Richard Jay-Alexander   Director,Executive Producer
Arthur Laurents   Liner Notes
Steve Asher   Event Producer
Tom Hammond   Executive Producer,Management
Donna Karan   Wardrobe Design
Rocco Landesman   Event Coordinator
Bryan Landrine   Stage Manager
Bob Mackie   Wardrobe Design
Daryl Roth   Event Coordinator
Tom Sorce   Sound Design
Robert M. Wallach   Event Coordinator

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Sondheim, Etc.: Live at Carnegie Hall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the moment the fabulous bernadette peters bursts onto stage with her recording of broadway baby, the listener knows they are in for a treat of Cd. The show just gets better and better. The highlight being Making love alone, it has never been so much fun using one's hand to explore the body. well Bernatte peters you have done it again no wonder you are the best girl on the block.