Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948) is an American actress, singer and children’s book author from New York City. 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 eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.

Peters first performed on the stage as a child and then a teenage actor in the 1960s, and in film and television in the 1970s. She was praised for this early work and for appearances on The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show and in other television work, and for her roles in films like Silent Movie, The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven and Annie. In the 1980s she returned to the theatre, where she became one of the best-known Broadway stars over the next three decades. She also has recorded six solo albums and several singles, as well as many c  ast albums, and performs regularly in her own solo concert act. Peters also continues to act in films and on television, where she has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, winning once.

Peters is particularly noted for her starring roles in stage musicals, including Song and Dance, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and A Little Night Music, becoming closely associated with composer Stephen Sondheim. She had a four-year romantic relationship with comedian Steve Martin and was married to investment adviser Michael Wittenberg for over nine years until he was killed in a helicopter crash on September 26, 2005. Peters is known for her charitable work, including as a founder of the Broadway Barks animal charity.

Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara to an Italian-American family in Queens, New York, the youngest of three children. Her siblings are casting director Donna DeSeta and Joseph Lazzara.[1] Her father Peter drove a bread delivery truck, and her mother, Marguerite (née Maltese),[2] started her in show business by putting her on the television show Juvenile Jury at the age of three-and-a-half. She appeared on the television shows Name That Tune and several times on The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour at age five.[2]

In January 1958, at age nine, she obtained her Actors Equity Card in the name of Bernadette Peters to avoid ethnic stereotyping, with the stage name taken from her father’s first name.[2] She made her professional stage debut the same month in This is Goggle, a comedy directed by Otto Preminger that closed during out-of-town tryouts before reaching New York.[3] She then appeared on NBC television in A Boy Called Ciske, a Kraft Theatre production, on May 28, 1958, and as Anna Stieman in The Christmas Tree, a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, on December 14, 1958.[4] She first appeared on the New York stage at age 10 in the New York City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella (1959).[5] In her teen years, she attended the Quintano’s School for Young Professionals, a former private school that several famous people, such as Steven Tyler, attended.[3]

“Not A Day Goes By” From Merrily We Roll Along by Sondheim

At age 13, Peters appeared as one of the “Hollywood Blondes” and was an understudy for “Dainty June” in the second national tour of Gypsy.[6] During this tour Peters first met her long-time accompanist, conductor and arranger Marvin Laird, who was the assistant conductor for the tour. Laird recalled, “I heard her sing an odd phrase or two and thought, ‘God that’s a big voice out of that little girl,'”[7] The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single. In 1964 she played Leisl in The Sound Of Music and Jenny in Riverwind in summer stock at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse (Pennsylvania), and Riverwind again at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1966.[8][9][10] Upon graduation from high school, she started working steadily, appearing Off-Broadway in the musicals The Penny Friend (1966) and Curley McDimple (1967)[5] and as a standby on Broadway in The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967). She made her Broadway debut in Johnny No-Trump in 1967 and next appeared as George M. Cohan‘s sister opposite Joel Grey in George M! (1968), winning the Theatre World Award.[2]

It was Peters’ performance as “Ruby” in the 1968 Off-Broadway Dames at Sea, a parody of 1930s musicals, that brought her critical acclaim and her first Drama Desk Award.[5] She had appeared in an earlier 1966 version of Dames at Sea at the Off-Off-Broadway performance club Caffe Cino.[11][12][13] Peters had starring roles in her next Broadway vehicles—Gelsomina in La Strada (1969) and Hildy in On the Town (1971), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. She played Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (1974), receiving another Tony nomination. Clive Barnes wrote: “With the splashy Mack & Mabel … diminutive and contralto Bernadette Peters found herself as a major Broadway star.”[14] Although these had short runs, Peters was singled out for praise by the critics,[2] and the Mack and Mabel cast album became popular among musical theatre fans.[5] She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to concentrate on television and film work.

“Time Heals Everything” from Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mable

Peters has appeared in 32 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).

She starred opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979), in a role that he wrote for her, and Pennies From Heaven (1981), for which she won the Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical.[5] They had begun a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years.[15][16] By 1981, her popularity had led to Peters appearing on the cover and in a spread in the December issue of Playboy Magazine, in which she posed in lingerie designed by Bob Mackie.[17]

Peters appeared with three generations of the Kirk Douglas family in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family, in which she played the wife of Michael Douglas‘s character. In May 2006 she appeared in the movie Come le formiche (Wine and Kisses) with F. Murray Abraham, filmed in Italy, playing a rich American who becomes involved with an Italian family that owns a vineyard. The DVD was released in 2007 in Italy.[18] She is starring in a film titled Coming Up Roses, playing a former musical-comedy actress with two daughters. The movie, produced by Bullet Pictures, Inc. and directed by Lisa Albright is being filmed in March 2010.[19][20] In 1982, Peters returned to the New York stage after an eight year absence in one of her few non-musical stage appearances, the off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club production of the comedy-drama Sally and Marsha, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She then returned to Broadway as Dot/Marie in the Stephen SondheimJames Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George (1984), for which she received her third Tony Award nomination, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Song and Dance (1985), winning her first Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in the role of Emma. Theater critic Frank Rich wrote in an otherwise negative review of the show that Peters “has no peer in the musical theater right now.”[21]

1991 on the Tonight Show

She then created the role of the Witch in Sondheim-Lapine’s Into the Woods (1987). Peters is “considered by many to be the premier interpreter of [Sondheim’s] work,” according to writer Alex Witchel.[22] Raymond Knapp wrote that Peters “achieved her definitive stardom” in Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods.[23] Sondheim has said of Peters, “Like very few others, she sings and acts at the same time,” he says. “Most performers act and then sing, act and then sing … Bernadette is flawless as far as I’m concerned. I can’t think of anything negative.”[24] Peters continued her association with Sondheim with a 1995 benefit concert of Anyone Can Whistle. Additionally, she appeared in several concerts featuring Sondheim’s work, and performed for him at his 1993 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.[25]

Early Clip! On “What’s My Line?”

She next starred in the musical adaptation of Neil Simon‘s The Goodbye Girl with music by Marvin Hamlisch (1993). Peters won her second Tony for her performance as Annie Oakley in the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Tom Wopat. Among many glowing notices for this role, critic Lloyd Rose of the Washington Post commented: “[Peters] banishes all thoughts of Ethel Merman about two bars into her first number, ‘Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.’ Partly this is because Merman’s Annie was a hearty, boisterous gal, while Peters plays an adorable, slightly goofy gamine… For anyone who cares about the American musical theater, the chance to see Peters in this role is reason enough to see the show.”[26] Playbill went even further: “Arguably the most talented comedienne in the musical theatre today, Peters manages to extract a laugh from most every line she delivers.”[27]

In 2003, Peters took on the role of Mama Rose in the Broadway revival of Gypsy, earning another Tony nomination. Ben Brantley in his New York Times review wrote, “Working against type and expectation under the direction of Sam Mendes, Ms. Peters has created the most complex and compelling portrait of her long career, and she has done this in ways that deviate radically from the Merman blueprint.”[28] Arthur Laurents said: “But in 2003 there was a new Rose on Broadway: Bernadette Peters! Brilliant, original, totally unlike any of the others.”[29] In February 2006, she participated in a reading of the Sondheim-Weidman musical Bounce.[30] On September 24, 2007, Peters participated in a one-time only charity reading of the play Love Letters with her former Gypsy co-star, John Dossett.[31]

2003 from Gypsy, “Rose’s Turn”

After an absence from the Broadway stage of six years (Gypsy closed in 2004), she is starring in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, as Desiree Armfeldt, as of July 13, 2010. She replaces Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role.[32][33] The New York Times review wrote of her performance, “But for theater lovers there can be no greater current pleasure than to witness Bernadette Peters perform the show’s signature number, “Send In the Clowns,” with an emotional transparency and musical delicacy that turns this celebrated song into an occasion of transporting artistry. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced with such palpable force – or such prominent goose bumps – the sense of being present at an indelible moment in the history of musical theater.”[34]

Peters has been nominated for the Tony Award seven times and won twice.[35] She has also been nominated for the Drama Desk Award eight times and won three times (Annie Get Your Gun, Song and Dance, and Dames at Sea).[36][37]

Peters was nominated for Emmy Awards for her guest-starring roles on The Muppet Show (1977) and Ally McBeal (2001).[38] She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special, for her work in the 2002 made-for-television movie Bobbie’s Girl. She won the 1987 “CableACE Award” for her role as Dot in the television version of Sunday in the Park With George.[39]

“Anything You Can Do” with Tom Wopat

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 1994, 1987, 1983, 1981 and 1976. Peters has been a presenter at the annual Tony Awards ceremony and co-hosted the ceremony with Gregory Hines in June 2002.[40] She also hosted Saturday Night Live in November 1981.[41][42] She made 12 guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show[43] as well as appearing with Burnett in the made-for-television version of Once Upon a Mattress and the 1982 film Annie. She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Burnett in 2003.[44] Peters often appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson[45] and on the day-time talk show Live with Regis and Kelly, both as a co-host and a guest.[46][47] Peters voiced stray cat Rita in the Rita and Runt segments of the animated series Animaniacs. Rita often sang on the show, sometimes in parodies of songs from Broadway musicals.[48] She appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio in November 2000, discussing her career and craft.[49]

Peters has co-starred in a number of television movies, including The Last Best Year (1990) with Mary Tyler Moore, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) with Brandy (receiving a nomination for the “Golden Satellite Award” for her role), and Prince Charming (2003) with Martin Short. She co-starred in her own television series, All’s Fair, with Richard Crenna in 1976–77, for which Peters was nominated for a Golden Globe award as Best TV Actress — Musical/Comedy. In March 2005, she made a pilot for an ABC situation comedy series titled Adopted, co-starring with Christine Baranski, but it was not picked up.[50] Peters appeared in the Lifetime television movie Living Proof which was first broadcast on October 18, 2008. She played the role of Barbara, an art teacher with breast cancer, who is initially reluctant to participate in the study for the cancer drug Herceptin. Andrew Gans of Playbill wrote, “Peters is able to choose from an expansive emotional palette to color the character, and her performance… is moving, humorous and ultimately spirit-raising”.[51]

From Dick Tracy, Sondhiem’s, “Sooner or Later”

Peters’ television work in recent years also includes guest appearances on several television series. She appeared as the sharp-tongued sister of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) on the penultimate episode of the NBC series Will & Grace, “Whatever Happened to Baby Gin?” (May 2006); as a defense attorney on the NBC series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (November 2006); as a judge on the ABC series Boston Legal (May 2007); and as an accident victim in Grey’s Anatomy (September 2008). Of her role in Grey’s Anatomy, TV Guide wrote: “Peters is especially fine as she confronts a life spinning out of control. I’d make her an early contender for a guest-actor Emmy nomination.”[52] In January, February and May 2009, she appeared in the ABC series Ugly Betty in five episodes as Jodie Papadakis, a magazine mogul running the YETI (Young Editors Training Initiative) program that Betty and Marc are in.[53][54][55]

Peters’ appearance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June 2009 was filmed and broadcast in Australia later that month.[56][57] Peters has recorded six solo albums and several singles.[58] Three of her albums have been nominated for the Grammy Award. Peters’ 1980 single “Gee Whiz” reached the top forty on the U.S. pop singles charts.[59] She has recorded most of the Broadway and off-Broadway musicals she has appeared in, and four of these cast albums have won Grammy Awards.[60]

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”. The original cover painting by Alberto Vargas was one of his last works, created at the age of 84.[61] According to The New York Daily News, Peters “persuaded him to do one last ‘Vargas Girls’ portrait…. She just went to his California retreat, asked him to do one more, he looked at her and said, ‘You ARE a Vargas girl!'” She kept the original painting.[62] The original title planned for the album was Decades.[63] It was re-released on CD in 1992 as Bernadette with the same cover art (pictured at left), together with some tracks from her 1981 album, Now Playing. Rolling Stone wrote of her debut album,

Peters debuts on record as a first-rate pop torch singer: Melissa Manchester with soul, Bette Midler on pitch. Her album has already spawned the hit single “Gee Whiz,” a laid-back, doo-wop version… that makes Peters’ piping, little-girl voice seem almost like a cutesy novelty. There are also a couple of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil rock tunes in which she sounds slightly trashy and out of her depth. The Peter Allen songs on side two are really more her style. In fact, the whole second half of Bernadette Peters is just about perfect, from the star’s semi-C&W rendition of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller‘s “Pearl’s a Singer” to a wistful recap of Harry Warren and Mark Gordon’s romantic “You’ll Never Know.” But the best cuts are in between. “Other Lady,” written by Lesley Gore (!) with Ellen Weston, tackles an age-old problem with… devastating eloquence… and Peters delivers it with the proper brooding introspection. Allen’s compositions, “Only Wounded” (co-written with Carole Bayer Sager) and the torchy “I Never Thought I’d Break” (co-written with Dean Pitchford), feature the finest singing on the LP. …the unusual absence of airbrushing echo places heavy demands on the chanteuse’s sultry soprano. That Bernadette Peters rises to the occasion makes her performance that much more impressive.”[64]

Her next solo album, Now Playing (1981), featured songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch, and Stephen Sondheim (for example, “Broadway Baby”).[65] 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. 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.[2] The live recording of her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert, Sondheim, Etc. – Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall, also was nominated for a Grammy Award.

“I’ll Be Seeing You”

Peters’ next studio album, in 2002, Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein, consisted entirely of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, including two that she sings in her concerts, “Some Enchanted Evening” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame“.[66] This album, which reached position 14 in the “Top Internet Charts”,[59] was her third album in a row nominated for a Grammy. It formed the basis of her Radio City Music Hall solo concert debut in June 2002.[67] Her last solo album, titled Sondheim Etc., Etc. Live At Carnegie Hall: The Rest of It, was released in 2005. It consists of all of the songs (and patter) from her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert that were not included in the earlier recording.[68]

Additionally, Peters has recorded songs on other albums, such as “Dublin Lady” on John Whelan’s Flirting with the Edge (Narada, 1998). On the Mandy Patinkin Dress Casual 1990 album, Patinkin and Peters recorded the songs from Stephen Sondheim’s 1966 television play, Evening Primrose. On the tribute album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins Peters sings “Trust Your Heart”.[69][70]

Peters has been performing her solo concert in the United States and Canada for many years. [71] 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.[72] 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. She continues to perform her solo concert at venues around the U.S., such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami,[73] and with symphony orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,[74] the Dallas Symphony,[75] and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall.[76]

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. A belief in the power of the dreams behind Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s songs, if not in their reality, was possible.”[77] Peters made her solo concert debut at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 1, 2006. Holden, reviewing this concert, noted, “Even while swiveling across the stage of Avery Fisher Hall like a voluptuous Botticelli Venus in Bob Mackie spangles… she radiated a preternatural innocence…. For the eternal child in all of us, she evokes a surrogate childhood playmate”.[78] In June 2009, Peters was the headliner at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia.[57] The Sunday Mail felt that Peters showed “the verve, vigour and voice of someone half her age.”[79]

Peters’ concert performances often 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 November 2009.[80] She was one of the performers to help celebrate the Center’s grand opening, in October 2006.[81] 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. She had helped to celebrate the opening of the Arts Plaza with concerts fifteen years earlier.[82][83]

From Sondheim’s, Into The Woods.

To support the animal adoption charity that she co-founded, Broadway Barks, Peters has written two children’s books, both illustrated by Liz Murphy.[84] The first is about a scrappy dog, named after her dog Kramer, and the pleasure of adopting a pet. Titled Broadway Barks, the book is published by Blue Apple Books (2008). Peters wrote the words and music to a lullaby, titled “Kramer’s Song”, which is included on a CD in the book.[85] The book reached #5 on The New York Times Children’s Best Sellers: Picture Books list for the week of June 8, 2008.[86]

Her second children’s book is the story of a pit bull, Stella, named after Peters’ pit bull. The character would rather be a pig ballerina, but she learns to accept herself. Titled Stella is a Star, the book includes a CD with an original song written and performed by Peters and was released in April 2010 by Blue Apple Books. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Turning the pages to Peters’ spirited narration, which is provided in an accompanying CD, makes for a more rewarding reading experience. The story and disc end with a sneakily affecting self-esteem anthem, which, like the familiar tale itself, is buoyed by the author’s lovely vocals.”[87] Peters introduced the book at a reading and signing where she also sang part of the song, at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, California, on April 24, 2010.[88]

“Children Will Listen”

Peters sings four songs on the CD accompanying the 2005 children’s picture book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again, the proceeds of which benefit the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Her co-star from Sunday in the Park With George, Mandy Patinkin, also sings on the CD.[89][90]

Peters contributes her time and talents to various charitable, celebratory and civic efforts. In 1999 Peters and Mary Tyler Moore co-founded Broadway Barks, an annual animal adopt-a-thon held in New York City.[91] Each July, she and Mary Tyler Moore act as co-hosts and presenters for the Broadway Barks event.[92] 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. The concert raised an estimated $615,000 for the two charities.[93] Also in support of Broadway Barks, Peters has appeared on the daytime talk show Live With Regis and Kelly.[94][95]


Peters serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS[96] and participates in the organization’s events, such as the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction,[97] and the “Gypsy of the Year” competition.[98] She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Standing Tall, a non-profit educational program offering an innovative program for children with multiple disabilities, based in New York City. Her late husband was the Director and Treasurer of Standing Tall.[99] Peters’ 1995 Anyone Can Whistle concert and her “Carnegie Hall” 1996 concert were benefits for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also has supported the Christopher Reeve Foundation.[89]

In 2007, Peters helped the Broadway community celebrate the end of the stagehand strike in a “Broadway’s Back” concert at the Marquis Theatre.[100] In 2008, she was one of the participants in a fund-raiser for the Westport Country Playhouse,[101] and in the opening ceremony and dedication of the renovated TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square.[102] That year, she also presented Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the Humanitarian Award at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation awards.[103] 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.[104] On November 19, 2009, she helped to celebrate the opening of The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.[105]

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”.[106] In March 2010, along with many others, Peters helped Stephen Sondheim celebrate his 80th birthday in the Roundabout Theatre Company “Sondheim 80” benefit. She was one of the Honorary Chairs.[107][108] She had been part of the Roundabout Theatre’s Sondheim gala for his 75th birthday.[109]

Peters married investment adviser Michael Wittenberg on July 20, 1996 at the upstate New York home of long-time friend Mary Tyler Moore. Wittenberg died at age 43 on September 26, 2005 in a helicopter crash in Montenegro while on a business trip.[110][111]

Peters has two dogs, a mixed-breed dog named Kramer and a pit bull named Stella, both adopted from shelters. Peters’ goddaughter Isabelle and Kramer were the inspirations for the characters in her previously mentioned first children’s book, Broadway Barks,[112] and Stella is the subject of the forthcoming second children’s book.[27]

Quick Bio Facts:

Bernadette PetersBernadette Peters AKA Bernadette Lazzaro

Born: 28-Feb1948
Birthplace: Queens, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: It Runs in the Family

Father: Peter Lazzaro (truck driver)
Sister: Donna DeSeta (casting director)
Brother: Joseph
Husband: Michael Wittenberg (m. 20-Jul-1996, d. 26-Sep-2005 helicopter crash)

High School: Quintano’s School for Young Professionals, Manhattan, NY

Golden Globe 1982 for Pennies from Heaven
Tony 1985 for Song & Dance
Italian Ancestry

The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2-Dec-2003) [VOICE]
It Runs in the Family (25-Apr-2003)
Bobbie’s Girl (9-Jun-2002)
Prince Charming (21-Oct-2001)
Wakko’s Wish (26-Jul-1999) [VOICE]
Snow Days (1999)
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (8-Nov-1998)
What the Deaf Man Heard (23-Nov-1997)
Anastasia (21-Nov-1997) [VOICE]
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (11-Nov-1997) [VOICE]
Cinderella (2-Nov-1997)
The Odyssey (18-May-1997)
Impromptu (12-Apr-1991)
Into the Woods (20-Mar-1991)
Alice (25-Dec-1990)
The Last Best Year (4-Nov-1990)
Fall from Grace (29-Apr-1990)
Pink Cadillac (26-May-1989)
Slaves of New York (17-Mar-1989)
David (25-Oct-1988)
Sunday in the Park with George (1986)
Annie (20-May-1982)
Heartbeeps (19-Dec-1981)
Pennies from Heaven (11-Dec-1981)
The Martian Chronicles (27-Jan-1980)
The Jerk (14-Dec-1979)
Vigilante Force (9-Sep-1976)
W.C. Fields and Me (24-Jun-1976)
Silent Movie (16-Jun-1976)
The Longest Yard (21-Aug-1974)
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1-Apr-1973)

Official Website:

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Production Date Notes
This is Goggle 1958 Professional stage debut
The Girl in the Freudian Slip 1967 Broadway debut (standby)[121][122]
Johnny No-Trump 1967
George M! 1968 Theatre World Award for Debut Performance
Dames at Sea 1968 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performer
La Strada 1969 The musical closed after one official performance.[123] Peters’ performance was praised.[124]
Nevertheless, They Laugh 1971 Lamb’s Club, New York City, March 1971 (5 performances)[125]
W.C. 1971 Starring Mickey Rooney, the musical played only in out of town tryouts from May 1971-October 1971, never opening in New York City[126]
On the Town 1971 (revival) Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical (nominee), Peters’ first Tony Award nomination
Mack and Mabel 1974 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Sally and Marsha 1982 Drama Desk Award (nominee)
Sunday in the Park with George 1984 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Song and Dance 1986 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Into the Woods 1987 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical (nominee)
The Goodbye Girl 1993 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Annie Get Your Gun 1999 (revival) Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Gypsy 2003 (revival) Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical (nominee)
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical (nominee)
A Little Night Music 2010 (revival) Replacement for Catherine Zeta-Jones




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