May 06, 2002 12:00 PM

Bernadette Peters (Angel)

Richard Rodgers’s music is so transporting it seems to have come to Broadway from the Louvre. Peters is a peppy guide to some lesser works as well as bulletproof classics like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” (here wittily given a brassy striptease treatment; it’s normally sung by lusty fellas). But just as Peters’s ex, Steve Martin, once zoomed around a museum on roller skates in L.A. Story, these songs beg to be seen less reverently. How about freshening things up with fewer woodwinds and more guitar?

With stolid Broadway orchestrations and singing that has plenty of Mighty Mouse bravura but is more likely to shatter glass than hearts, this set doesn’t add much to the tower of existing R&H recordings.

Bottom Line: Standard treatment

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