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posted: 7/13/2003 at 2:40:40 AM ET
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OK.. So I bought 2 tickets to Gypsy, knowing i would be in NYC from Australia in the last week of June. I wasnt expecting much (stupid.. stupid) as Gypsy was not my first choice and I had not seen any of the movies. I did however hear Ms Peters sing "Some People" and thats what got me... Friday June 27th was the night we and I mean the entire HOUSE were blown away by Ms Peters` performance. With each number she sang, you could feel the crowd totally envelope themselves in her performance, with absolute stunness and shock in "Everything's Coming up Roses" and the close to 5 minute standing ovation for "Rose's Turn". You guys in NYC are so lucky to be able to see a true Diva at work anytime you like. I am now desperately praying for a Ms Peters tour of Australia

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posted: 7/13/2003 at 9:47:04 AM ET
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I went to see Gypsy in May from Taiwan.I saw two times.I also saw Annie Get Your Gun in 2000 summer. Bernadette Peters is the best musical actress I have ever seen in my life. I plan to see Gypsy again in October.Wish I can go.


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Fav. BP Song: With So Little to be Sure Of
Fav. BP Show: Gypsy
Fav. BP Character: Marie (insert last name) lol There's a few
Fav. BP CD: Bernadette Peters Loves Rogers and Hammerstein

posted: 7/13/2003 at 2:42:27 PM ET
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Alessio, that is such a great description. I'm so glad you had such a great time. That would be so cool if Bernadette went to Australia to do a few concerts. It would be great if they taped it too. I've heard that Australia is the favorite performance place for many singers. I've never been there myself, but I would love to go some time.


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posted: 7/13/2003 at 5:52:10 PM ET
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Bernadette did a concert in Sydney in Jan 1998--here is what said:

"Bernadette Peters' Australian debut was met with tremendous success by audiences and critics. In fact, I heard from several Peters fans who witnessed her Australian concert, and they had nothing but raves for her debut Down Under.

James Waites in the Sydney Morning Herald had this to say about BP: "Bernadette Peters has a very special following. You only have to say words like Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Into the Woods, Follies, Dames at Sea and they go into raptures. . .She has a tremendous voice, one of the best in the musicals business. . .Her interpretations of Sondheim in particular are truly first class. . .The voice is pure, the range dazzling, the heartfelt nature of her delivery quite breathtaking. . .She has gone on, nowadays, a diva at the top of her career.""


(I also am looking forward to visiting Australia, as one of the 2 or 3 continents I have not yet touched down on)

and from, 1/23/98:

"More raves continue to pour in for Bernadette Peters' recent Australian concert debut:

Bryce Hallett in The Australian:
". . .Peters' Australian concert debut at the Sydney Festival was a hugely entertaining and rewarding occasion. The second half . . . revealed her thrilling ability to interpret the emotional and intellectual landscape of Stephen Sondheim's repertoire, effortlessly and with due appreciation of the composer's tantalizing paradoxes and quirks.

In quietly dramatic, almost austere, moments, Peters revealed an instinctive prowess to make meaning of songs when extracted from their wider theatrical context, particularly her selections from Into the Woods, where she deftly evoked the clawing spells of the Witch and the character's resonating plea for children to listen.

In the eyes of an exceedingly loyal, generous constituency, Peters could do no wrong and her humour, generosity and, yes, sweetness, were repaid in
three standing ovations. . . And the encore--a spare, poignant rendering of 'I Honestly Love You,' dedicated to her late friend Peter Allen, with whom she once toured--was truly moving. Here with fine support from her musical director Marvin Laird on piano, the artistry of the Broadway 'baby' soared."--

And, our diva lover from down under, had this to say about BP's concert:

"Bernadette Peters proved to Australia why, without doubt, she is one of
Broadway's top talents. To most Australian fans, who have only seen and
heard her on CD and video, her live concert performance was a complete
revelation. The range of her performance, both vocally and emotionally, was nothing short of breathtaking. She gave us the tender and heart breaking: 'No One Is Alone,' 'Johanna'; rousing dramatic ballads: 'Time Heals
Everything,' 'Being Alive'; passionate and rapturous: 'Unexpected Song'; and some hilarious satire that brought the house down: 'Making Love Alone,' 'Raining In My Heart,' the latter with a chorus of four local boys and
their 'learnt-in-one-day' umbrella choreography. She mixed the styles and switched between them with ease, taking us on a roller-coaster ride of

Special mention should be made of 'Broadway Baby,' which she started in Betty Boop style, then built to an ending that just about blew the famous
roof of the Sydney Opera House, and 'Faithless Love,' which she started singing in the blackout of the previous song--with just her voice emerging
from the darkness. I've never known an auditorium full of people so silent.

Bernadette appeared after the interval in a black velvet dress with the famous curls tied back, and delivered her superlative Sondheim interpretations, including some not normally performed by women: 'Johanna,' 'Hello Little Girl' and a very effective 'Later,' sung to, rather than by, the cellist.

The audience was on its feet after her final song, 'Move On,' and she returned for the first of two encores, a deeply moving tribute to her late Australian friend, Peter Allen, 'I Honestly Love You', accompanied only by cello and piano. 'I'll Be Seeing You', her final encore, was also given a simple emotive treatment. By then the audience was on its feet again, the stage was filled with streamers and the Broadway Baby had triumphed.""

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