This Week on Broadway for February 28, 2021: Petula Clark

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Petula Clark.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Encore MagazineMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

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Guest: Petula Clark

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In 2003 “Downtown was inducted into the Grammy Hall of fame. In her career, Petula has charted with over 150 songs in various languages and countries from around the world. Over the years, Petula has recorded with such artists as Charles Aznavour, Michael McDonald, Andy Williams and Rod McKuen, and is in the chorus of John Lennon’s iconic Give Peace a Chance. In 2011 she recorded a cover of Downtown with the Saw Doctors which hit the Irish charts at Number 2 in 2011. Memorable television duets with such artists as Cliff Richard, Helen Reddy, Peggy Lee, Matt Monro, Jack Jones,the Pointer Sisters, Anthony Newley and The Everly Brothers are fondly remembered, as is a duet with Scottish star Paolo Nutini at a Quincy Jones gala in Montreaux in 2008.

Since 2000, Petula has continued to tour the world in concert taking in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, the Phillipines, and Canada. Her albums “The Ultimate Collection”(2002), “Then and Now” (2008), “Lost in You” (2013) and “From Now On” (2016) all hit the British pop album charts–giving her one of the largest chart spans–with new material– of any other recording artist in history, alongside such legends as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Vera Lynn, and Cliff Richard. In 2018, her album “Vu d’ci” debuted at Number One on the French Canadian I-tunes chart and even made an appearance on the National Canadian top 60 I-tunes chart, despite being totally sung in French! To date she has recorded thousands of songs in English, French, German, and Italian, and many recordings have been hits from Australia to Brazil, and Thailand to Japan. Petula has also reached new generations with dance club remixes of Downtown in 1988, and again in 2013 with Cut Copy Me. The latter recording had already reached the Top 30 pop charts in Belgium the previous year. In her long career, she has sold well over 75 million records and still counting! With her latest French-Canadian album, “Vu d’ici”, finished, Petula toured the province of Quebec in May 2018 to rave reviews. Later that fall, Petula toured the US, from the East Coast to the West Coast, performing in various venues all across the country. In May 2019 she embarked upon a concert tour of Australia, follwed by a return to Quebec and Toronto for two very special concerts in June. In September, she will return to London to begin rehearsals for her upcoming role in MARY POPPINS, where she will play the Bird Woman, performing the iconic song, Feed the Birds.

Petula has three children, Barbara, Catherine, and Patrick, and two grandchildren. When not touring or recording, she divides her time visiting them and her sister, Barbara, and her residences in Geneva, London, and Megeve.

NPR: Petula Clark: After Decades, Miss ‘Downtown’ Hits Midtown In Cabaret by Michael Portantiere

National Lottery – 2nd November 1996. Bob Monkhouse introduces Pet singing ‘With One Look’ as Norma Desmond, the character she was playing at the time in Sunset Boulevard in London’s West End.
You and I (From “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) · Petula Clark
Sunset Boulevard 2nd Tour Final Scene Petula Clark

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