Bernadette Peters brought down the house during a recent performance in Orange County, Calif. The entertainer has written a children's book, "Broadway Barks," about a dog in need of a home.
PS.: Bernadette Peters will guest star on Grey's Anatomy on the 2-hour season premiere. The episode airs Sept. 25 on ABC! (I no longer watch this show, but I will that day.)
Dogs who became stars of the 'Legally Blonde' musical have their stories told on Monday
FOUR-LEGGED HAMS Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni signs his new book, "Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Stars," at the Public Theater. The man who puts pups through their paces for hit shows like "Legally Blonde" joins Bernadette Peters and some four-legged friends. (Free, 6 p.m., 425 Lafayette St., at Fourth St., 212-539-8500)
Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, Associated Press
SHE'S GOT IT ALL: Actress, singer, comedian, and two time Tony award winner Bernadette Peters is heading to Cerritos.
Source: LA Times
MIAMI -- We're not being catty reporting that Bernadette Peters' illustrious career has gone to the dogs.
Peters -- "the great Broadway musical star," according to no less an authority than "Hello, Dolly!" composer Jerry Herman -- devotes herself these days to her pets, Kramer and Stella, and all the abandoned animals of New York.
"What I wanted to do was help shelter animals, to figure out how to solve this problem," said Peters.
Peters, the winner of two Tony Awards and nominated for five others, last starred on Broadway in 2003's revival of "Gypsy."
"She has done every kind of role. And all of them done with consummate style," said Herman, who composed Peters' 1974 starring vehicle, "Mack & Mabel." "She's capable of playing a tough Momma Rose and an adorable Mabel Normand. All coming out of the same woman. That is kind of miraculous. I don't know anyone with the range she has."
After "Mack & Mabel" (in which Peters first sang "Time Heals Everything"), the star spent 10 years in Hollywood making movies, including "The Jerk" and "Pennies From Heaven" with then-boyfriend Steve Martin. Broadway, specifically writer-director James Lapine, called in 1984 and Peters returned to star in Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George." More hits followed, including "Song & Dance" and "Into the Woods."
For years, Peters has contributed to children's causes and AIDS charities. A decade ago while starring in "Annie Get Your Gun," she and pal Mary Tyler Moore began an annual event called Broadway Barks, which raises money for New York-area shelters. Broadway Barks 10 will be performed July 12 in the theater district's Shubert Alley.
Recently, Peters was approached about writing a children's book, her first. She agreed. Then her editor said the book needed a song.
"I never wrote a song in my life," Peters said. "I was in an airplane and I needed a lullaby. Suddenly, the music and lyrics came to me."
Peters' book, "Broadway Barks" (Blue Apple, $18), about a homeless pooch named Douglas, will be published next month. It is illustrated by Liz Murphy and dedicated to investment adviser Michael Wittenberg, Peters' husband, who died at 43 in a 2005 helicopter crash.
Inside the "Broadway Barks" jacket will be a CD of Peters reading the book and singing her lullaby, "Kramer's Song."
Songwriting intimidated Peters, 60, who began performing as a child in the Queens, N.Y, neighborhood of Ozone Park. "I said to Steve Sondheim, 'I wrote a little song.' He said, 'I'd love to hear it.' "
"Kramer's Song" is named for Peters' older pet, an 11-year-old "shaggy dog, Heinz 57 variety," she said.
Peters' other pooch, Stella, is a 10-year-old pit bull.
Several years ago, Peters had a home in northern Miami Beach. Then she discovered a big problem: Pit bulls are illegal in Miami-Dade County.
"That's why we moved to Vero Beach," Peters said. "We were worried about Stella. ... We were afraid they'd take her."
The pit bull law infuriates Peters. "You can take any breed and wreck it if you say 'Fight, fight, fight.' They're lap dogs. They're very loving."
Bernadette Peters PERFORMS IN CONCERT
AT THE ARSHT CENTER
"Bernadette Peters is a revelation!"
-The New York Times
March 8 at 8 pm
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
Tickets $15 - $85
Bernadette Peters, one of Broadway's most acclaimed stars and one of this writer's most beloved performers, returns to the stage of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall on March 8 at 8 p.m. The two-time Tony Award-winner presents a glamorous songbook evening. Peters celebrates the Broadway shows for which she's received accolades, as well as songs from her Grammy-Award winning and nominated albums. The stellar evening – with the Florida Classical Orchestra led by Ms. Peters' music director, Marvin Laird – includes popular standards and songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, among others, performed as only Bernadette Peters can.
Peters' career as a musical theater, television and film performer has garnered her numerous honors including two Tony Awards, seven Tony Award nominations, three Grammy Awards for her work on cast recordings, three Grammy Award nominations for her solo recordings, three Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe. Performing since the age of 3, Peters' enduring career continues to thrive with her one-woman concert tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as starring on Broadway, television appearances and recordings. Her most recent Tony Award nomination, for her role of Rose in Sam Mendes' Broadway revival of Gypsy, earned her Ben Brantley's statementin The New York Times: "Bernadette Peters is a revelation!"
Tickets for Bernadette Peters are $15 - $85 and are available through The Arsht Center box office at (305) 949-6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Groups of 15 or more receive discounts up to 50%. Contact (786) 468-2326.
H.O.T. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County offers full-time students and seniors (65 and over), and members of the military Half-Off Tickets purchased on the day of performance. Must present current picture I.D. on day of show at The Arsht Center Box Office Window; 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami. Subject to availability of seats at time of purchase. Limit 1 ticket per purchase. The Arsht Center Box Office is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; beginning at noon on weekends when there is a performance scheduled; and two hours before every performance.
SOURCE: Broadway World