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Sister Rose
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 9:52:52 AM ET
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Dear All - I emailed Rick McKay who is the filmmaker for "Broadway the Movie" about whether or not BP would be in the sequel.

This is his response:

Her press agent has turned it down again and again. If you have any advice please let me know!

Thanks for coming to see the film Sarah!

PS the DVD is out in three weeks very exciting!

Best,

Rick

Rick McKay, Director/Producer www.broadwaythemovie.com

I suggest a letter writing campaign to get her to be interviewed. I've heard that she doesn't like to be interviewed but her contributions to Broadway are too great and important to be excluded from this project.

Bernadette Peters
c/o Judy Katz Public Relations
250 W. 57th Street, Ste #2322
New York, NY 10107


"Anyone who stays home is DEAD!"

Karen
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 10:41:33 AM ET
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I don't know. My impression is that she doesn't enjoy being a "talking head."

Sister Rose
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 10:51:24 AM ET
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If you saw "Broadway the Movie" you would know its nothing about being a talking head. It's about personal history in musicals and the actors' contributions. It's wonderful.

"Anyone who stays home is DEAD!"

Karen
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 10:58:28 AM ET
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I saw it and loved it! I, too, would like nothing better than for Bernadette to be in the sequel. Maybe "talking head" was a poor choice of words. I just meant that she doesn't seem comfortable talking at length in public, so her refusal doesn't surprise me.

Jean
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 11:08:52 AM ET
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Sad to say, if she has already turned it down, I doubt that we would have much influence. I agree with Karen--she does seem uncomfortable at times discussing her craft.

I'll respect her decision and skip this letter-writing campaign, although with regret that we won't have the benefit of her insights.

Sister Rose
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 11:53:37 AM ET
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I don't get you guys on this. She didn't seem to mind discussing her craft on "Inside the Actors' Studio" or other talk shows.

"Anyone who stays home is DEAD!"

Jean
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I can't really tell whether she "minds" discussing her craft at one interview or another. As a matter of fact, I was just remembering that she seemed comfortable discussing the comedy movies on the AFI special 100 greatest comedy movies (not the right title--no time to look it up).

Most of her tv interviews seem TO ME to be kind of puff/set pieces, if you will, talking in vast generalities and being utterly charming, vivacious, gracious and beautiful.

I'll let Bernadette have the last word:

"I have some ideas, but I don't like talking about the inner workings because I like to keep them to myself as an actress. I just don't like talking about that kind of prep work because what we're doing, and what I'll be doing, is using such personal things to keep them working and fresh.It's like Sada Thompson said, "Oh God, you never talk about something because then its gone forever." But that's how you work on things, you just find such personal things that they surprise you."

SOURCE: "American Drama", Winter-Summer 2003, interview by Gabriel Miller, "Bernadette Peters on Gypsy".

(I in no way mean to discourage, or even influence what anyone else does, and I applaud anyone's activism. I am, however, stuck with the way I think and feel.)

cuteoperaboi
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Yes I think if it's her choice then it's her choice. From what I can gather by watching the interviews and reading the previous post she IS very private, even about the inner stuff she does to get to the point she's at on the stage. Some people have a hard time if they've worked so hard for something and they've worked at it for years just broadcasting it in an interview-you can't capture the essence of everythign in an interview and she knows that. Plus if you tell everyone your secrets there isn't any more mystery behind what someone does. And this also links into those of us who perform but can't teach. I have many wonderful friends who are FABULOUS performers in all genres of theatre and they are also great teachers and they love giving insight and ideas to students. Myself and several others are unable to convey those things to someone--it's very hard to describe what goes on and make something personal to someone-it's like you're invading their privacy and they're invading yours-which is why I'm unable to teach. There are just so many things I do that I don't have the power to or I don't want to convey to to someone else. If ya wanna write a letter--I say go for it! I do hope all of y'all go out to the polls and vote on Nov. 2!!!

Sister Rose
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I didn't mean to start a big controversy. I guess the majority didn't get the chance to see "Broadway the Movie" and that's too bad. If you did, then you would know why I feel like BP should be in the sequel. It has nothing to do with acting secrets.

"Anyone who stays home is DEAD!"

GraceAnne
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 7:45:16 PM ET
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Hey Jean,
Is that article from American Drama pretty good? Is it long?
Sister Rose, I think it's a perfectly fine idea! I 'm just too lazy to write a letter. But I say go for it!! I saw the first movie and loved it.

Jean
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 7:58:47 PM ET
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GraceAnne--
It's 8 pages long (in a Wordperfect document), but it has maybe 2-inch margins, so not so many words on each page. If you can't find it on Lexis-Nexis, I think I can email it to you. (I've never actually sent a document via email, could be exciting.)

I think it's pretty interesting, the interview is mostly about Gypsy and also a bit about Anyone Can Whistle. Since this interview was done before she started rehearsals (September 25, 2002), it's enlightning to see her early thoughts about the character Rose and the play.



jmslsu01
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posted: 10/25/2004 at 8:28:10 PM ET
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American Drama is not available through Lexis-Nexis,as far as I can tell. I'm trying EBSCO,but I'm doubtful.

Jean-is the full title American Drama? Literature Resource Center is supposed to have it,but I'm having no luck.

BTW-any plans to see Patti LuPone in Regina? She's heading to your neck of the woods (by way of the Kennedy Center).

Jenn

Jean
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Yep, it's just called "American Drama". Is there some search place called "EN Compass"? I may have found it there. I think the date of the magazine is 1/1/2003.

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Regina-I may go see it, haven't given too much thought to stuff like that for 2005 because I've got 2, hopefully 3 trips planned and I'm really concentrating on those. Think I'll put it on my calendar so I don't forget.

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