Since our Musical Theater Project—part of the Weill Music Institute's Musical Exchange program—is currently in full swing with Chicago music director Leslie Stifelman and Tony Award–winning actor Roger Rees, it feels apt that we should follow up last week's The Sound of Music installment of Live from Carnegie Hall with one featuring long-time Broadway star Bernadette Peters.
Artist: Bernadette PetersAlbum: Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie HallLabel: Angel RecordsDate Recorded: December 9, 1996Fun Fact: All three of Bernadette Peters's Carnegie Hall appearances have been charity benefits.
Although she had previously participated in two benefit concerts at the Hall, the Gay Men's Health Crisis benefit event on December 9, 1996, was Broadway legend Bernadette Peters's Carnegie Hall headlining debut and—according to The New York Times review—her New York solo concert debut.
Backed by a 30-piece orchestra, Peters sang for nearly three hours—mainly songs by Stephen Sondheim that included "Not a Day Goes By," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "Children Will Listen," "Being Alive," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," and "Broadway Baby." Included during the concert but omitted from the album for copyright reasons was Marilyn Miller and Cheryl Hardwick's "Making Love Alone," which Peters performed during her stint as host of Saturday Night Live.
Evoking the ghost of her Carnegie Hall predecessor, Judy Garland, Peters closed the evening with Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Nearly a decade later, Angel Records released a sequel to the Grammy-nominated original. Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It), included more of Peters's banter with the audience and an additional 12 songs.
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