Look What Happened To Mabel: The Essential Bernadette Peters On Disc
02 Nov 2013
"Evening Primrose Suite" (From the Mandy Patinkin Album "Dress Casual")
Mandy Patinkin gave Bernadette Peters fans everywhere a gift when he invited her to co-star in a suite of songs from Sondheim's 1966 television musical "Evening Primrose" on his 1990 album, "Dress Casual." It was dream casting, as the music affords Peters the chance to sing in her sweet, upper-middle register, a range where most women sound interchangeable, but where Peters' idiosyncratic voice conveys personality, warmth and truth. The result is the definitive recordings of the semi-obscure Sondheim gems, "I Remember," "When" and "Take Me To The World."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.