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Bernadette Peters brings Broadway razzle-dazzle to Florida Orchestra gala / Tampa Bay Times

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Here's what the Florida Orchestra didn't get with Yo-Yo Ma or Itzhak Perlman: A guest of honor seductively whispering out Fever from the top of a Steinway grand. "I've always wanted to do this one," Bernadette Peters said before scaling the piano Saturday night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. "But it's my first time, so please be gentle."

Peters was a new sort of headliner for the orchestra's annual gala, a Hollywood star and two-time Tony winner (three if you count her lifetime achievement award) who filled the Mahaffey with comic charm and Broadway razzle-dazzle.

Backed by the orchestra - all snapping along on Fever - and her own jazz trio, she tossed her auburn curls and kicked up her heels as she sang the hits of the Great White Way's greatest, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Jerry Herman and, of course, Stephen Sondheim. PHOTO: RYAN JOSEPH 

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