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

By Ben Rimalower
02 Nov 2013

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Mack & Mabel (Original Broadway Cast Album)

I remember when I was in middle school, I knew of Bernadette Peters' performance in Mack & Mabel before I actually found the CD (at Aron's Records on Highland, for any Los Angelenos nostalgic for the 90s). It is a gross understatement to say it was worth the wait. From her first appearance singing the wistful-then-joyous "Look What Happened To Mabel" through the ballsy and bombastic "Wherever He Ain't" to the gut-wrenching torch song "Time Heals Everything" (and especially in my personal favorite, Mabel's searing reprise of "I Won't Send Roses"), Peters delivers a riveting performance that makes the most of Jerry Herman's first-class lyrics and memorable tunes. When Mack & Mabel played its brief original run, it must have been exciting to witness what had to be obviously the beginnings of a Broadway supernova. Time-traveling back via the cast album, it's rewarding to hear her — instantly recognizable and as clear and winning as ever.

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