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

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02 Nov 2013

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Song and Dance (Original Broadway Cast Album)

The Broadway cast album of Song and Dance could more appropriately be called "Song" as it only represents the first act of this evening which combined Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman song cycle, Tell Me On a Sunday, with a related ballet choreographed to his orchestral concert, "Variations." Tell Me On a Sunday was written for British singer Marti Webb, and comparatively, Peters' not-really-pop sound makes her voice less suited for power ballads like "Tell Me On A Sunday" and some of the more 1980s material in the score. Nonetheless, Song and Dance was elevated as a piece of theatre by Peters' distinguished performance and her unique acting and singing make most of the songs on the album a delightful listen, almost entirely due to her exemplary delivery, sparkling with charm and full of feeling. I'm especially fond of her touching tenderness and honey tones in "Come Back With The Same Look In Your Eyes" and "Nothing Like You've Ever Known."

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)

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