For the third time in my life I would be seeing Bernadette Peters perform live, and this excited me – especially considering three years ago I didn’t think such an amazing thing would ever happen.
Bernadette Peters in concert was advertised as taking place at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. So, naturally I booked accommodation in Palm Springs knowing that it was a rather small city and transportation to and from the event would be easy. Alas, the theatre was actually about 25 minutes drive away in Palm Desert.
After doing some research I found a bus that traveled from Palm Springs to Palm Desert – taking around 50 minutes. Only costing $1, it was my only economical option.
I purchased my ticket to the show quite a few months ago and therefore got a seat about nine rows from the stage, right in the centre.
The show was very similar to the show in Adelaide 2009. She wore a similar gown, rather than being pink, this one was slightly more purple, with beautiful beading that made the dress sparkle under the lights – like Jessica Rabbit.
The performance began with a lot of energy, the songs were mainly upbeat, with Bernadette’s versions of ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘Nothing like a Dame’. She pulled out a few classic songs, like ‘No One Is Alone’ and ‘Some enchanted evening’, which were both beautifully sung.
Two of my favourite songs she regularly sings, ‘Not A Day Goes By’ and ‘Johanna’, were sung back to back and delivered with high energy and extreme force. These ballads were obviously other audience favourites with applause lasting longer than normal.
She then sang a few lesser-known Sondheim songs, and more gentle songs that made the show begin to drag a little. Now, anyone who knows me knows I find it difficult to say a bad word about Bernadette, however, I don’t know if it was the poor ordering of songs or her deliverance that made this part of the show feel less entertaining and energetic.
She ended the formal part of her concert with a power ballad that she’s also famous for singing, ‘Being Alive’. After her second curtain call, she returned to the stage to sing two goodnight songs, one sitting on the piano and one down with the audience. Even though these songs were slower and softer, they were more appealing than the previous slow songs because they were much more intimate and personal.
Overall, I was still in awe of Miss Peters and her talents. I was expecting a little more diversity from what was offered in her Adelaide performance, rather than much of the same. Regardless, I still believe she’s an amazing live performer who sings with her heart for every song.
Fate smiled on me by sitting me next to a woman who was visiting her parents in Palm Springs. After a quick conversation they generously offered me a ride back to my hotel – otherwise I would have had to run to make the last bus, and sit on it for 50 minutes. This topped off what was already a truly magical night.