DIVA TALK: Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Chats About NJ Concerts, "Smash," "Coming Up Roses"

By Andrew Gans
05 Oct 2012

Peters and Rachel Brosnahan in "Coming Up Roses."

Peters recently had the chance to revisit one of her earlier triumphs when she caught the Public Theater's recent outdoor staging of Into the Woods. "Putting it outside in the woods was perfect," Peters says. "It was just so joyful to have it in that setting.... It just heightened some things for me, and I love the music. I really do."

With the revival of Annie now in previews, Peters also reminisced about filming the role of Lily St. Regis in the 1982 movie musical. "Oh! It's so interesting, 'Easy Street' we did twice. The first time it was being directed by Joe Layton, and then they let him go, and then John Huston directed it.... They changed the whole song. I mean, 'Easy Street' was first done outside on the lot, dancing up the street — lots of dancing — and I keep saying, 'I'm not a real dancer,' so the way I danced, I drank a cup of coffee! What you don't have in technique, you drink coffee…for the precision. And then they changed that number and brought it all inside, going up stairs and going down… so it was a totally different number."

And, as Peters' concert dates approach, how does she spend the day of a show? "Well, I vocalize and exercise, and there's a rehearsal usually. Eat right, eat light, actually. Think about the show and just be in the frame of mind that we're all going to have a wonderful time!"


Peters' current concert itinerary follows:

October 5 in Boston, MA- Marriott Copley Place Hotel
October 11 in Englewood, NJ- Bergen Performing Arts Center
October 12 in Morristown, NJ- Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 25 in Naperville, IL- Wentz Concert Hall
December 1 in Scottsdale, AZ- Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
January 5, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX- Bass Performance Hall
February 15 in Tallahassee, FL- Florida State University- Ruby Diamond Hall
February 28 in New Orleans, LA- Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
March 8 in Salem, VA- Salem Civic Center
June 29 in Arcadia, CA- L.A. Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
September 28 in Buffalo, NY- Kleinhans Music Hall

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Well, that's all for now. Happy diva-watching! E-mail questions or comments to agans@playbill.com.

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PHOTO ARCHIVE: Bernadette Peters on the New York Stage

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Bernadette Peters in Song and Dance, 1985
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