Bernadette Peters

Actress, singer Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author from Ozone Park, Queens, New York. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, as well as performing in solo concerts and recordings. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three.
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WATCH: Bernadette Peters says she had her wedding at Mary Tyler Moore's house
ABC News - 2 months
"Mary was a very generous person," Peters said on ABC's "The Year: In Memoriam," which airs on Dec. 18, at 10 p.m. ET.
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Bernadette Peters to Replace Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’
NYTimes - 6 months
Victor Garber will join Ms. Peters, playing the man she fancies, Horace Vandergelder. They will begin performances on Jan. 20.
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Donald Trump--From Broadway Producer to President
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017 He was 23 years old, had a degree from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and had an extremely profitable family business waiting for him. But Donald Trump thought he would like to be a Broadway producer. He met with David Black, a successful producer (George M! with Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters; The Impossible Years with Alan King; and Ready When You Are, CB! with Julie Harris, among others) and they joined together--Black providing the experience and know-how and Trump putting up a sizeable chunk of the money--for a new comedy, Paris Is Out, slated for the 1969-70 season. The play starred Molly Picon, who in 1962 received a Tony nomination for her appearance in the Jerry Herman musical, Milk and Honey and was a popular performer who began her career in the Yiddish theatre, and Sam Levene, a Broadway veteran, the original Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and star of the cla...
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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard: "The Greatest Star of All"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A musical of outsized passions as only Andrew Lloyd Webber could compose, Sunset Boulevard trades in hyperbole. "The greatest star of all," in the words of Max, her homme d'affaires, Norma Desmond is camp drama queen extraordinaire. With Glenn Close in the role, reprising her Tony-winning performance of 22 years ago at the Palace Theater, Norma is petit as she is large. Need dominates her manipulations so acutely, only the powerhouse chops of the actress who put the word fatal in Fatal Attraction could pull off this tour de force of fragility and grand delusion. Descending a staircase on a set that also includes a 40 piece orchestra, spare enough to feature projections of old Hollywood, its streets, cars, and populace partying away, Norma Desmond is at home in a mansion of many rooms including one over the garage where Joe Gillis (Michael Xavier), a down on his luck writer comes to reside, entrapped in her web. She wants Joe to help stage a comeback, oops: she prefers return, to sta...
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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5: Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - about 1 year
This week: Tony winners and other Broadway veterans bring music and merriment to local stages. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs The “Cabaret” star performs classics by Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, et al., with the L.A. Phil. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $62-$122....
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Todrick Hall Discusses His Return To Broadway After YouTube Stardom
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 350 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfreys “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis!” In the four years he has been a full-time YouTuber, he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the...
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new...
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Spamilton: An American Parody at the Triad: Getting Off on Broadway
Huffington Post - over 1 year
You don't have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton. All that is required is that you love Broadway. In fact, a running gag in this 70-minute spoof goes: you are not snagging tickets to Hamilton, even if you are Bernadette Peters or Liza! Yes, when it comes to the democracy of Hamilton, getting in is an equal opportunity leveler. Spamilton, the offspring of Forbidden Broadway conceived by Gerard Alessandrini who also directed, plays with a central conceit: what Camelot was to the Kennedy's, Hamilton is to the Obamas, fodder for pillow talk. Following this cleverly crafted revue's theme, that Broadway darling Lin-Manuel Miranda (Dan Rosales in a very bad founding father wig) has with his much lauded hip hop extravaganza, fixed whatever is wrong with Broadway. And so a riotous ensemble of performers: Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Nora Schell, along with Rosales, take on everything from Phantom to Cats to Annie, Broadway hits old and new. They...
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Jourdan Dunn cast in latest Kate Spade New York campaign
Yahoo News - over 1 year
The luxury fashion and accessories brand has enlisted a number of talented personalities from different backgrounds to front its fall 2016 campaign. For its fall 2016 campaign, Kate Spade New York has called on not one but several muses from the world of arts and entertainment. Shot in a New York studio by photographer Emma Summerton, the campaign is fronted by the British model Jourdan Dunn, the actresses and singers Zosia Mamet and Bernadette Peters, the New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck, the dancer Xin Ying, the playwright John Guare, and twins Elise and Juliette Marold.
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Tina Fey Walks The 'Tuck Everlasting' Red Carpet With Husband Jeff Richmond
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, walked the red carpet together at the opening of "Tuck Everlasting" on Tuesday night.  For the Broadway premiere, Fey wore a little black dress with flower embellishments. Her husband opted for more colorful attire, pairing a navy striped suit with a pink shirt and hot pink tie.  Fey was joined at the event by Ron Howard, Bernadette Peters and Melissa Joan Hart and a host of Broadway stars on the red carpet.  Fey recently confirmed that she and her composer husband were working on the "Mean Girls" musical together, though she joked that the production is still "years away" from being completed. Though she and Richmond have been together since 2001, we're always a little shocked to see Fey without her other life partner, Amy Poehler.  But if you're still holding out for a Tina Fey-Amy Poehler TV show together, Fey told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival that that's just not gonna happen.  function onPlayerReadyVi...
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L.A. theater openings, Feb. 7-14: Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - about 2 years
This week: Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters graces the stage at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Plus, an updated version of Maltby & Shire's "Closer Than Ever," and Hal Holbrook returns in a one-off performance of "Mark Twain Tonight!" I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change...
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What Other Actresses Auditioned for the <i>Hello Dolly!</i> Revival? Christine Pedi Knows
Huffington Post - about 2 years
With news of a fresh revival of Hello Dolly! starring the one and only Bette Midler coming to Broadway spring 2017, video footage surfaced featuring other possible actresses up for the titled role. Those who have auditioned include Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and even Dame Julie Andrews. Well, not exactly.... Broadway actress &amp; comedian, Christine Pedi, reacts to the news of the new Hello Dolly! revival with an entertaining video featuring her famous impressions of our favorite Broadway divas! In her new video, Pedi portrays what the audition room would be like if Minnelli, LuPone, and even Bernadette Peters walked in. Within three days, over 76,000 viewers have seen the video and a plethora social media posts followed. Bette Midler even showed her support for the video with a special "thank you" tweet to Christine Pedi. Thanks, @ChristinePedi You made my day! — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 23, 2016 Christin...
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Small Town Boy Makes Good, One Celebrity Hairdo at a Time
NYTimes - about 2 years
Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Richards, Bernadette Peters, Christie Brinkley: Maury Hopson lists them as his friends because he doesn’t snip and tell.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernadette Peters
  • 2016
    Age 67
    She received the 2016 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, presented at the Theatre World Awards on May 23, 2016.
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    Her 2016 concert plans include UK engagements at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Opera House and Edinburgh Playhouse.
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  • 2015
    Age 66
    Peters was the Centennial Honoree at the Drama League Centennial Gala in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    She performed at the Olivier Awards ceremony in 2014, singing the song "Losing My Mind".
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    She was a guest star in the 2014 Bravo television series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, playing the mother of the character played by Janeane Garofolo.
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  • 2013
    Age 64
    In 2013 the Drama League gave Peters its Special Award of Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award for "her contribution to the musical theatre."
    Peters starred in the Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis staged concert revue titled A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair at New York City Center in November 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 63
    In 2012, New Dramatists, an organization that supports beginning playwrights, presented Peters with their Lifetime Achievement Award, stating: "She has brought a new sound into the theatre and continues to do so, in surprising and miraculous ways.
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    In 2012, Peters became a Patron of The Stephen Sondheim Society.
  • 2011
    Age 62
    She reprised her role of Sally in the Broadway limited engagement, at the Marquis Theatre, from August 2011 to January 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    In March 2010, Peters helped Stephen Sondheim celebrate his 80th birthday in the Roundabout Theatre Company "Sondheim 80" benefit.
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    On February 8, 2010, Peters was one of the many to honor Angela Lansbury at the annual Drama League of New York benefit, singing "Not While I'm Around".
  • 2009
    Age 60
    Peters held a concert, "A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares", at the Minskoff Theatre, New York City, on November 9, 2009 as a benefit for both Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
    She headlined The Alliance of The Arts Black Tie Anniversary Gala at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 21, 2009.
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    Peters' concert performances often benefit arts organizations or help them to mark special occasions, such as her performance on an overnight cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey in a benefit for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami in 2009.
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    On November 19, 2009, she helped to celebrate the opening of The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
    On March 8, 2009, she helped celebrate the last birthday of Senator Ted Kennedy (singing "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame") in a private concert and ceremony held at the Kennedy Center, hosted by Bill Cosby, with many Senators, Representatives, and President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance.
    Peters was the headliner at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
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  • 2008
    Age 59
    In 2008, she was one of the participants in a fund-raiser for the Westport Country Playhouse, and in the opening ceremony and dedication of the renovated TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square.
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  • 2006
    Age 57
    Peters made her solo concert debut at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 54
    She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Burnett in 2003.
  • 2002
    Age 53
    In a review of her 2002 Radio City Music Hall concert, Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Peters as "the peaches-and-cream embodiment of an ageless storybook princess... inside a giant soap bubble floating toward heaven.
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    It formed the basis of her Radio City Music Hall solo concert debut in June 2002.
    Peters has been a presenter at the annual Tony Awards ceremony and co-hosted the ceremony with Gregory Hines in June 2002.
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  • 1999
    Age 50
    She performed a similar concert in London, which was taped and released on video, and also aired on U.S. Public Television stations in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 47
    Peters married investment adviser Michael Wittenberg on July 20, 1996 at the Millbrook, New York home of long-time friend Mary Tyler Moore.
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    Peters has been performing her solo concert in the United States and Canada for many years. She made her solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1996, devoting the second half to the work of Stephen Sondheim.
    It consists of all of the songs (and patter) from her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert that were not included in the earlier recording.
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    The live recording of her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert, Sondheim, Etc. - Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall, also was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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    In 1996, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her best-selling album, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, which includes popular songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Lyle Lovett, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway classics by Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
  • 1995
    Age 46
    The 1995 benefit concert Anyone Can Whistle and Peters' "Carnegie Hall" 1996 concert were benefits for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
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  • 1993
    Age 44
    Additionally, she appeared in several concerts featuring Sondheim's work, and performed for him at his 1993 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.
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  • 1992
    Age 43
    Bernadette Peters was re-released on CD in 1992 as Bernadette, with the 1980 Vargas cover art, and included some of the songs from Now Playing.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    Peters' debut album in 1980 (an LP), entitled Bernadette Peters contained 10 songs, including "If You Were The Only Boy", "Gee Whiz", "Heartquake", "Should've Never Let Him Go", "Chico's Girl", "Pearl's a Singer", "Other Lady", "Only Wounded", "I Never Thought I'd Break" and "You'll Never Know".
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    Peters has recorded six solo albums and several singles. Three of her albums have been nominated for the Grammy Award. Peters' 1980 single "Gee Whiz", remaking Carla Thomas' 1960 Memphis soul hit, reached the top forty on the U.S. Billboard pop singles charts.
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  • 1977
    Age 28
    Peters and Steve Martin began a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years.
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  • 1976
    Age 27
    She co-starred in her own television series, All's Fair, with Richard Crenna in 1976–77.
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    She has appeared in many variety shows with stars such as Sonny and Cher and George Burns. She has both performed and presented on the Academy Awards broadcasts in 1976, 1981, 1983, 1987 and 1994.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    Peters has appeared in 33 feature films or television movies beginning in 1973, including Mel Brooks' 1976 film Silent Movie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), the musical Annie (1982), Pink Cadillac (1989), in which she co-starred with Clint Eastwood, and Woody Allen's Alice (1990).
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  • 1968
    Age 19
    Peters' performance as "Ruby" in the 1968 Off-Broadway production of Dames at Sea, a parody of 1930s musicals, brought her critical acclaim and her first Drama Desk Award.
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  • 1967
    Age 18
    She made her Broadway debut in Johnny No-Trump in 1967, and next appeared as George M. Cohan's sister Josie opposite Joel Grey in George M! (1968), winning the Theatre World Award.
  • 1964
    Age 15
    In 1964, she played Liesl in The Sound of Music and Jenny in Riverwind in summer stock at the Mt.
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  • 1962
    Age 13
    Laird recalled, "I heard her sing an odd phrase or two and thought, 'God that's a big voice out of that little girl,'" The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single.
  • 1958
    Age 9
    She then appeared on NBC television as Anna Stieman in A Boy Called Ciske, a Kraft Mystery Theatre production, in May 1958, and in a vignette entitled "Miracle in the Orphanage", part of "The Christmas Tree", a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, in December 1958 with fellow child actor Richard Thomas and veteran actors Jessica Tandy and Margaret Hamilton.
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    In January 1958, at age nine, she obtained her Actors Equity Card in the name Bernadette Peters to avoid ethnic stereotyping, with the stage name taken from her father's first name.
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  • 1948
    Born on February 28, 1948.
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