Bernadette Peters

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Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters.jpg
Peters in 2006
Born Bernadette Lazzara
(1948-02-28) February 28, 1948 (age 70)
Ozone Park, Queens, New York
Occupation Actress, singer, author, comedienne
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Michael Wittenberg
(m. 1996–2005; his death)
Website Official website

Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American actress and singer. She is famous for her performances in musical theater as well acting in many movies. Her first Broadway performance was in 1967 in Johnny No-Trump.[1]

Work[change | change source]

Stage (selected)[change | change source]

Year Show Role Notes
1958 This is Goggle Professional stage debut
1967 The Girl in the Freudian Slip Leslie Maugham Broadway debut (standby)[2][3]
1967 Johnny No-Trump Bettina
1968 George M! Josie Cohan Theatre World Award for Debut Performance
1968 Dames at Sea Ruby Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance
1968 A Mother's Kisses Performer Written by Bruce Jay Friedman and featured Bea Arthur.[4] Three weeks of out-of-town tryouts in New Haven and Baltimore; cancelled before scheduled Broadway premiere.[5]
1969 La Strada Gelsomina Closed after one official performance.[6] Peters' performance was praised.[7]
1971 Nevertheless, They Laugh Consuelo Lamb's Club, New York City, March 1971 (5 performances)[8]
1971 W.C. Carlotta Monti[9] Starred Mickey Rooney. Played only out-of-town from May to October 1971, never opening in New York City.[9]
1971 On the Town (revival) Hildy Esterhazy Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
1974 Mack & Mabel Mabel Normand Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1982 Sally and Marsha Sally
1984 Sunday in the Park with George Dot/Marie Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1985 Song and Dance Emma Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1987 Into the Woods The Witch Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
1993 The Goodbye Girl Paula Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1999 Annie Get Your Gun (revival) Annie Oakley Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
2003 Gypsy (revival) Rose Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
2010 A Little Night Music (revival) Desiree Armfeldt Replacement for Catherine Zeta-Jones, from July 2010-January 2011
2011 Follies (revival) (Kennedy Center and Broadway revival) Sally Durant Plummer Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Filmography[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Concerts[change | change source]

Major concerts
Other notable concerts
  • "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" – June 10, 1992 (broadcast on PBS Great Performances in 1993), singing "Not a Day Goes By" and "Sunday"[24]
  • "Hey Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron MacKintosh" – June 7, 1998, singing, among others, "Unexpected Song", "Being Alive" and "You Gotta Have a Gimmick"[25][26]
  • Hollywood Bowl Sondheim Concert – July 8, 2005, performing in the "Opening Doors Medley" and "Being Alive".[27][28]
  • "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert", the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a celebration of Sondheim's 80th birthday – March 15 and 16, 2010. Peters sang "Move On" with Mandy Patinkin and "Not a Day Goes By".[29]

Discography[change | change source]

Solo recordings[30]
  • Bernadette Peters (1980) MCA. Billboard 200 #114 (retitled and expanded as Bernadette in a 1992 CD reissue)
  • "Gee Whiz!" ("Look at His Eyes") (1980) Billboard Hot 100 #31 (single)
  • Now Playing (1981) MCA US Billboard 200 #151
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (1996) Angel Records – Grammy Award nominee
  • Sondheim, Etc. – Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall (1997) Angel Records – Grammy Award nominee[31]
  • Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein (2002) Angel Records – Grammy Award nominee
  • Sondheim Etc., Etc. Live At Carnegie Hall: The Rest of It (2005) Angel Records
  • "Kramer's Song" (2008) Blue Apple Books (single)
  • "Stella's Song" (2010) Blue Apple Books (single)
Cast recordings
  • George M! – Sony (1968)
  • Dames At Sea – Columbia Masterworks (1969)
  • Mack and Mabel – MCA (1974)
  • Sunday in the Park with George – RCA Records (1984) – Grammy Award winner (Best Cast Show Album, 1985)
  • Song and Dance – The Songs – RCA Victor (1985)
  • Into The Woods – RCA Victor Records (1988) – Grammy Award winner (Best Musical Cast Show Album, 1989)
  • The Goodbye Girl – Columbia Records (1993)
  • Anyone Can Whistle Live At Carnegie Hall – Columbia Records (1995)
  • Annie Get Your Gun The New Broadway Cast Recording – Angel Records (1999) – Grammy Award winner (Best Musical Show Album, 2000)
  • Gypsy The New Broadway Cast Recording – Angel Records (2003) – Grammy Award winner (Best Musical Show Album, 2004)
  • Sherry! – Studio Cast Recording – Angel Records (2004)
  • Legends Of Broadway-Bernadette Peters Compilation (2006) – Sony Masterworks Broadway (Original versions of songs from Dames At Sea, Annie Get Your Gun, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, Mack and Mabel, Song and Dance, Into The Woods and Gypsy)[32]
  • Follies – PS Classics (2011)
Other recordings
  • Dress Casual – Evening Primrose suite with Mandy Patinkin – CBS Records (1990)[33]
  • Sondheim – A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Concert Cast) RCA Victor Broadway (1992)
  • Hey Mr. Producer!: The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh – Philips Records (1998)
  • Flirting with the Edge – John Whelan – Narada (1998)
  • Dewey Doo-It Helps Owlie Fly Again – Randall Fraser Publishing (2005)
  • Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins – Wildflower Records (2008) - "Trust Your Heart"

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bernadette Peters - Profile". Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  2. Official Website
  3. "The Girl in the Freudian Slip". Internet Broadway Database, accessed January 22, 2012
  4. "'A Mother's Kisses' Listing"., accessed June 17, 2011
  5. Zolotow, Sam. "'Mother's Kisses' Will Not Make It to Broadway", The New York Times, October 15, 1968, p.39
  6. Mandelbaum, Ken. "Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Flops", p. 171 (1991) St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-06428-4
  7. Barnes, Clive. "La Strada With Music", The New York Times, December 15, 1969, p. 63
  8. New York Magazine theater listings, p. 13, March 29, 1971
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marill, Alvin H. "'W.C.' The Sixth Decade". Mickey Rooney: His Films, Television Appearances, Radio Work, Stage Shows, and Recordings, McFarland, 2005, ISBN 0-7864-2015-4, pp. 62-63, 178-79
  10. "Television and Radio listings, Part Three"., retrieved June 9, 2010
  11. Evertz, Mary. "Song and Dance: Just for this occasion, Allen has written a song", St. Petersburg Times (Florida), July 14, 1989, p. 19
  12. Joyce, Mike. "Peter Allen & Bernadette Peters", The Washington Post, July 15, 1989, p. C7
  13. Gieske, Tony. "Bernadette Peters The Hollywood Bowl Friday, Sept. 6", The Hollywood Reporter, September 9, 1996
  14. Hallett, Bryce. "Peters masters a scratchy start", The Weekend Australian, January 10, 1998, p. 8
  15. Davis, Clive. "Bernadette Peters, Festival Hall", The Times, September 19, 1998
  16. Jones, Kenneth. "Bernadette Peters Sings Sondheim in PBS Airing of London Concert"., August 5, 1999, accessed July 5, 2008
  17. Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Peters The Great – The London Concert"., July 16, 1999, accessed July 5, 2008
  18. Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Makes Solo Radio City Music Hall Concert Debut June 19"., June 19, 2002, accessed July 5, 2008
  19. Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Offers Sold-Out Solo Concert at Avery Fisher Hall May 1"., May 1, 2006, accessed July 5, 2008
  20. BWW news desk. "BWW's First Look at the Australia Concert Poster for Bernadette Peters' Adelaide Cabaret Festival"., March 29, 2009
  21. "An Evening With Bernadette Peters (DVD) listing"., retrieved June 2, 2010
  22. Ross, Blake. "About Last Night.... An Enchanted Evening with Enchantress, Bernadette Peters"., November 6–12, 2009
  23. Gans, Andrew. "Peters Concert Raises More Than Half a Million for Charities"., November 10, 2009
  24. Ruhlmann, William. "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall", Allmusic, accessed May 21, 2012
  25. Stringer, Robin. "Even Sondheim and Lloyd Webber clown for Sir Cameron", The Evening Standard (London), June 8, 1998, p. 5
  26. " 'Hey Mr. Producer!' Listing"., retrieved January 15, 2012
  27. Gans, Andrew. "Burnett, Cook, Peters, McDonald, Stritch and More Salute Sondheim July 8 at Hollywood Bowl"., July 8, 2005, accessed July 5, 2008
  28. "Photo Coverage: Sondheim at the Bowl Performance"., July 12, 2005
  29. Gans, Andrew and Hetrick, Adam. "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert DVD, with Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters, Arrives Nov. 16"., 16 November 16, 2010, accessed February 23, 2012
  30. Bernadette Peters at, accessed November 3, 2011
  31. "Bernadette Peters". Sondheim, Etc. – Pandora Internet Radio, accessed July 3, 2008
  32. "Legends of Broadway"., retrieved November 19, 2009
  33. listing and review