Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Power of Broadway: A Little Night Music

I've been seduced, this time by Stephen Sondheim. I don't love everything that he's written but I've just discovered "A Little Night Music" for the first time (remarkable, isn't it?). And now given Bernadette Peters' astoundingly flawless and meaning-filled performance of "Send in the Clowns," I'm really torn: Is her performance the best or is Dame Judi Dench's still one of the most powerful? Take a look at this video from the BBC (1996) and judge for yourself. And, if you haven't seen the play, don't miss this one. The new cast with Ms. Peters and Elaine Stritch makes missing Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones much less tragic. The play is at the Walter Kerr Theater, 218 W. 48th Street, New York City. Tickets via www.playbill.com.

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