B is for Bernadette Peters: A YouTube compilation of her Broadway career

Bernadette Peters, born Bernadette Lazarra in Ozone Park, has a Broadway career that goes back more than 60 years; it’s hard to find performances from many of her 16 shows on YouTube, although I did find her appearance in a TV show called Juvenile Jury when she was four years old in 1952. Although the videos below are presented in the chronological order of the shows in which the song appeared, her actual performances of those songs are often years later in a concert. And at the end, watch performances of Sondheim songs she never sung as part of a show.

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Another video I can’t resist: Bernadette Peters, co-founder of the annual Broadway Barks, sings to a pooch (starting at around 4:30)

On The Town, Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music by Leonard Bernstein, the 1971 revival
Here she sings a medley from the show in concert, but the only one she sang in the show, in the role of Hildy Esterhazy, is “I Can Cook” starting at 4:45 – and it sizzles.

Mack and Mabel,by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, 1974
Time Heals Everything

Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, 1984
Peters sings Move On in concert

Song and Dance by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black, 1985
This role won Peters her first Tony Award

Into The Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, 1987

Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin, 1999
“You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun”
Peters won her second Tony for this role

Gypsy, Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, 2003 revival
Rose’s Turn

A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Send in the Clowns, 2010

Follies, by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman , 2011 revival
Losing My Mind

Hello Dolly by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, 2019 revival
Title song

Bernadette Peters is known as one of Sondheim’s foremost interpreters, so here are Sondheim songs from Peters concerts that she did not sing on Broadway

Not A Day Goes By from Merrily We Roll Along

Broadway Baby from Follies

No One Is Alone from Into The Woods

Being Alive from Company

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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