Bernadette Peters agenda

ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:30pm
Donna Murphy was the perfect age for the part actually. She is 48 when she played the part and it made perfect sense that she would have been a naive chorus girl 30 years before that, going to dance all night at Tony's, living at an apartment were the tub was in the kitchen, etc. Just like my fortunate friends who were around in the 70s say the only Phyllis is Alexis Smith, Murphy will always be Phyllis in my mind.
I don't think Bernadette is appropriate for Phyllis at all, she could "pull it off" but if she were to play one of the two female leads in FOLLIES, she'd be better-suited for Sally. I'd love to see her play that part, I think she'd bring a childish approach to it reminiscent of what Dorothy Collins so brilliantly did with the part. I don't think she possesses the coldness necessary to play Phyllis.
I truly hate it that every time there is a Bernadette Peters, a Patti LuPone fan or even a Patti LuPone non-fan feels the need to pit them against each other, so unnecessary. Still, it'd be fantastic to see a FOLLIES production with Peters as Sally and LuPone as Phyllis, there'd be fireworks on that stage! (Though LuPone possesses none of the elegance required to make the role work).
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:36pm
Well you will see Miss Bernadette as Cora sooner than you think.

I'm just sayin...
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:37pm
ray, I think Bernadette would be better suited to Sally than Phyllis, but my god did I love Victoria Clark as Sally. I have a hard time picturing anyone else in the role!
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
MTVMANN
Broadway Legend
joined:1/1/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:41pm
But Donna Murphy to me seems younger than she is.

I guess I always think that the Follies roles are always older than they are because when I look at the black and white pictures from the original production, the costumes and hair styles make me think the woman are older.

As for Patti as Phyllis...since things seem to need to be "just right" in these roles. Phyllis (and Carlotta) evokes feelings of an "aging vamp" (an older Jane Krakowski) and an "I've still got it woman". To me...at this point Patti is more a character actress.
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:43pm
There have been rumors since the initial announcement that the team at Encores! selected ANYONE CAN WHISTLE for this coming season specifically as a vehicle for Peters to play Cora.

We'll see what comes to pass.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 7/6/09 at 07:43 PM
Pgenre
Broadway Legend
joined:5/3/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:49pm
4 words:
Benanti-Fay
Esparza-Hapgood.

Make it happen, Encores. We deserve payback for THE WIZ!

P
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:49pm
Somethingwicked, I'm not saying Bernadette is going to be in the concert. The same as I'm not saying Laura Benanti & Raul Esparza were cast in it. I'm just NOT saying that so please PLEASE PLEASE stop trying to get me to!
Pgenre
Broadway Legend
joined:5/3/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:50pm
JINX!
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:51pm
lol. You owe me a coke, Pgenre!
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:52pm
has Bernadette ever done an Encores show?
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
MTVMANN
Broadway Legend
joined:1/1/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 07:55pm
As in regards to Bernadette's british accent beside the fact that "Song and Dance" was in 1986, IMO a cocky british accent is much easier to aproximate than a Standard british accent.
Pgenre
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Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 08:00pm
And since the Tony's are praised oh-so-highly here let us not forget her "questionable" British accent got her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

And it was a tight year, even considering S&D was 1/2 one-woman-show. That recording is abhorrent, one of the worst produced cast albums ever made and noticeably warped in many places ("English Girls" is terrible in every way, I'll give you that).

P
MTVMANN
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joined:1/1/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 08:04pm
In regards to Harvey vs. Antonio, had any other actor played Edna (and not some "name" like Bruce Vilanch) but I would be the role would have been in the featured category where it probably belonged.
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 08:20pm
Are Encores! performances ever recorded? Video, cast album or otherwise? (Professionally)
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 08:21pm
Professionally? Rarely.

Otherwise? Frequently.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 08:44pm
Encores! used to get cast recordings much more frequently than they do now. Now it seems like there's a rule to never record an Encores! show. It's really sad.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
Pgenre
Broadway Legend
joined:5/3/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 10:08pm
I think the recent lack of recordings of Encores shows is due both to declining interest in recordings in general (Bway is always a low-seller to begin with) and the fact that every producer now thinks their Encores show has the buzz to transfer so they hold out for a production. Everyone thinks the new Encores show is gonna be the next CHICAGO or WONDERFUL TOWN and transfer and get great reviews and be a big hit but that almost never happens. If their production of FOLLIES didn't transfer or get recorded, nothing will.

I hope the upcoming ACW concert proves me wrong. Steve and Arthur deserve their baby on Broadway again. That score is incredible and Arthur can get the book to work. I know it.

P
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/6/09 at 10:10pm
Everyone thinks the new Encores show is gonna be the next CHICAGO or WONDERFUL TOWN and transfer and get great reviews and be a big hit but that almost never happens.

Wonderful Town lost money. It didn't make a dime.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."
robinycus2
Understudy
joined:5/1/09
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/7/09 at 07:16pm
I know a lot of people who would love to see an all out revival of Anyone Can Whistle.
Soliantu
Leading Actor
joined:11/10/06
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 7/7/09 at 07:30pm
aww, she should!
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/28/09 at 04:57pm
In the Ask a Star Answers: Bernadette Peters video, Bernadette explicitly answers she would like to play Mrs Lovett, and she has learnt one song.

http://www.broadway.com/videos/all/ask-a-star-answers-bernadette-peters/

The agenda continues..

alterego
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/03
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/29/09 at 07:59am
No, this would be a very, very bad idea. Way beyond her abilities.
givesmevoice
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joined:12/2/07
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/29/09 at 09:35am
I don't know if I think she's really that good a fit for the part. If she did, however, I think she'd do much better in a more traditional, Hal Prince production than a John Doyle production.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
madbrian
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joined:6/1/06
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/29/09 at 09:39am
"I think she'd do much better in a more traditional, Hal Prince production than a John Doyle production."

That statement is almost universally true of any performer and any show.
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/29/09 at 04:37pm
'Almost'...but I can't imagine Patti in a 'traditional' production (will I can, if the 2001 Concert DVD counts - and I don't want to imagine it any longer :P).


"No, this would be a very, very bad idea. Way beyond her abilities."

Do you really think so? I don't see how, besides one song (Worst Pies in London). I could imagine her being a little breathless in that song...but what else couldn't she handle? I mean I guess maybe it's not the individual songs so much as having the stamina to put them all together and give an energetic performance etc..she seems pretty fit though. She looks fitter than Patti LuPone who managed GYPSY..(her legs/armed seem pretty muscular and quite toned, so I guess inductively I'd claim she probably works out her whole body/'cardio' etc..)

I especially think "Wait" will suit her voice really well.
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
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Bernadette Peters agenda
Posted: 10/29/09 at 04:48pm
I don't think it's "way beyond her talents," but I don't think it's the right fit. Victoria Clark is in really good shape, too, but I don't think she should play Mrs. Lovett. Not every performer is right for every role. It doesn't mean they're not talented, it means they're not a fit.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad