Look What Happened To Mabel: The Essential Bernadette Peters On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
02 Nov 2013

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Sunday in the Park with George (Original Broadway Cast Album)

I do not begrudge Chita Rivera her 1984 Tony Award for The Rink, but she should have tied with Bernadette Peters for Sunday in the Park with George. Peters' performance as Dot/Marie is a master class in the dramatic acting and singing called for in the modern musical theatre Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine were ushering in. Right out of the gate, from the challenging solo opening title song, there is no room for grandstanding. Every moment must be earned with the purest integrity and Peters rises to the occasion beautifully, ultimately fulfilling the almost superhuman task of returning as a sort-of fantasy version of Dot to sing Sondheim's indelible gift to artists and lovers everywhere, "Move On."

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