(Charles McGrath’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/15—sent from Pam Green.)

There is a lot of audience impatience at the Walter Kerr Theater these days. From the moment the curtain comes up on Trevor Nunn’s revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical “A Little Night Music,” everyone is awaiting Bernadette Peters and her already famous performance of “Send In the Clowns,” the show’s great second-act signature number.

Ms. Peters’s version is naked, plaintive, wounded and ironic — a cry of disillusionment and amused self-recognition. Writing in The New York Times earlier this month, Charles Isherwood called it “an occasion of transporting artistry” and “an indelible moment in the history of musical theater.”

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