Bernadette Peters, Broadway Legend, Performs May 4

Posted on 4/20/2012 1:45:34 PM

The inaugural season of the Lively Arts’ Ovations! series will present its grand finale concert on May 4, 2012, with the appearance of Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.

The concert, under the direction of Marvin Laird, will include a 28-piece orchestra performing on the Fisher Auditorium stage, starting at 8:00 p.m. The event is one in a long line of performances funded through the Helwig Distinguished Artist Endowment since the fund was established in 1988.

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, Peters has won numerous accolades, including two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically acclaimed 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; for 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 Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Most recently, she appeared on Broadway in Sondheim’s Follies, which premiered at the Kennedy Center and moved to Broadway in September 2011. Shortly after the New York run, she appeared in the role of Leigh on NBC-TV’s new series Smash. Prior to Follies, Peters also appeared as Desiree Armfeldt in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

Bernadette Peters

Later this month, on May 24, Peters will receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from New Dramatists. Each year, New Dramatists salutes an individual “who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the American theater,” according to press notes.

While Peters is best known for her work in the theater, her career also boasts an impressive list of television credits, including starring in Lifetime TV’s Living Proof and guest starring roles on ABC-TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty. 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. Among her 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 the soon-to-be-released independent film Coming Up Roses.

Peters has recorded six solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Etc: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall, and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, 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, was cofounded with Mary Tyler Moore and 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, Broadway Barks (NY Times bestseller) and Stella is a Star, feature original songs written and performed by Peters. All proceeds from the sale of these books benefits Broadway Barks.

Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $35, are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Tickets are also available online at or by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. If any seats remain, they will be sold at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the night of the performance.

Additional information is available by calling the Lively Arts at 724-35-2787 (ARTS) or e-mailing



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Bernadette Peters

May 4, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

The Broadway icon, film actress, humanitarian, and multi-award winner performs as the Helwig Distinguished Artist and with a full twenty-eight-piece big band orchestra.

This event is over.

For more information, visit the Lively Arts website, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.