We’re getting out of Gotham for a chance to see the illustrious Bernadette Peters in concert at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on October 16. The Tony Award-winning star will perform songs from many of the Broadway shows in which she has appeared, along with standards from the American Songbook and, of course, her unique renditions of songs by Stephen Sondheim.It’s quite a fall for Peters, who will also be honored at the Drama League Centennial Gala on November 2. What’s all the fuss about?
Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. One of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette has won numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently appeared in City Center’s Encores! production, A BED A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis. Other recent Broadway credits include Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies, which also played the Kennedy Center.
Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Song and Dance. She earned her second Tony Award for her performance in Annie Get Your Gun. She also received Tony nominations for her memorable performances as Momma Rose, in Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed revival of Gypsy, Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, Mack and Mabel and the Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town. In addition to these honors, Peters earned a Drama Desk nomination for her memorable portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
While Peters is best known for her work in the theatre, her career also boasts an impressive list of television credits, which include a new series for Amazon Prime, Mozart in the Jungle, which premiered in December 2014 and is currently in production for its second season.
She has recently appeared in on NBC-TV’s Smash, and had guest-starring rolls on ABC-TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty among others. In addition to starring in Lifetime TV’s Living Proof, Peters has lit up the silver screen in 17 films throughout her distinguished career. She received a Golden Globe Award for her memorable performance in Pennies From Heaven. Other film credits are: The Jerk, The Longest Yard, Silent Movie, Annie, Pink Cadillac, Slaves of New York, Woody Allen’s Alice, Impromptu, It Runs in the Family, and Coming Up Roses. Peters has recorded six solo albums; including the Grammy nominated I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall and Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein, in addition to numerous Original Broadway Cast recordings.
Peters devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Her “pet project” Broadway Barks, co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, is an annual, star-studded dog and cat adoption event that benefits shelter animals throughout the New York City area. Her two children’s books, BroadwayBarks (NY Times bestseller) and Stella is a Star, feature original songs written and performed by Peters. Her third children’s book, Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever was released this past summer. All of her proceeds from the sale of these books benefit Broadway Barks. Peters resides in New York and Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia.