Peters in 2008
February 28, 1948
Ozone Park, Queens, New York, United States
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
(m. 1996–2005; his death)
Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara; February 28, 1948) is an American actress, singer and children's book author. 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 (plus an honorary award), and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.
Regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim, Peters is particularly noted for her roles on the Broadway stage, including in the musicals Mack and Mabel, Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy.
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 cast albums, and performs regularly in her own solo concert act. In the 2010s, Peters continues to act on stage, in films and on television, where she has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, winning once.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Film appearances
- 3 Theatre roles, 1980s to present
- 4 Television appearances
- 5 Recordings
- 6 Concert performances
- 7 Children's books
- 8 Other activities
- 9 Personal life
- 10 Honorary awards
- 11 Work
- 12 Awards and Nominations
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Early life and career
Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara to a Sicilian American family in Ozone Park, Queens, New York, the youngest of three children. Her siblings are casting director Donna DeSeta and Joseph Lazzara. Her father, Peter, drove a bread delivery truck, and her mother, Marguerite (née Maltese), 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.
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. 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. 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. She first appeared on the New York stage at age 10 as Tessie in the New York City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella (1959). In her teen years, she attended the Quintano's School for Young Professionals, a now defunct private school that several famous people, such as Steven Tyler, attended.
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. 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,'" The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single. In 1964, she played Liesl 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. Upon graduation from high school, she started working steadily, appearing Off-Broadway in the musicals The Penny Friend (1966) and Curley McDimple (1967) 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 Josie opposite Joel Grey in George M! (1968), winning the Theatre World Award.
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. She had appeared in an earlier 1966 version of Dames at Sea at the Off-Off-Broadway performance club Caffe Cino. 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." Although these had short runs, Peters was singled out for praise by the critics, and the Mack and Mabel cast album became popular among musical theatre fans. She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to concentrate on television and film work.
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).
Peters 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. In Pennies from Heaven, she played Eileen Everson, a schoolteacher turned prostitute. Of her performance in Pennies From Heaven, John DiLeo wrote that she "is not only poignant as you'd expect but has a surprising inner strength." Pauline Kael wrote in The New Yorker: "Peters is mysteriously right in every nuance." Kael further noted that "The dance numbers are funny, amazing, and beautiful all at once; several of them are just about perfection." A review of the DVD reissue noted, "Peters brought a cocky attitude and a sexy exuberance to the musical numbers."
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. She starred in a film titled Coming Up Roses, playing a former musical comedy actress with two daughters. The movie, directed by Lisa Albright, was released in 2012.
Theatre roles, 1980s to present
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 Sondheim–James Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George in 1984, for which she received her third Tony Award nomination. The New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich called her performance "radiant". She recorded the role for PBS in 1986, winning a 1987 ACE Award. Her next role was in 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. Frank Rich wrote in an otherwise negative review of the show that Peters "has no peer in the musical theater right now."
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. Raymond Knapp wrote that Peters "achieved her definitive stardom" in Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods. 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." Peters continued her association with Sondheim by appearing in a 1995 benefit concert of Anyone Can Whistle, playing the role of Fay Apple. Additionally, she appeared in several concerts featuring Sondheim's work, and performed for him at his 1993 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.
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." 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."
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." In 2006, she participated in a reading of the Sondheim - Weidman musical Bounce. In 2007, Peters participated in a charity reading of the play Love Letters with John Dossett.
After an absence from the Broadway stage of six years (Gypsy closed in 2004), Peters starred in the Broadway revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, as Desiree Armfeldt from July 2010 to January 2011. She replaced Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role. The New York Times reviewer wrote of her performance,
[F]or 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.
Peters next appeared in the role of Sally Durant Plummer in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production of the Sondheim–Goldman musical Follies in May and June 2011. Of her performance, one critic wrote: "Peters may not be the most traditional casting for Sally, now an ultraneurotic housewife in Phoenix, but she exquisitely captures the character's unfathomable sadness and longing. It's a star turn, for sure, but one that brings attention to itself because of its truthfulness. Not surprisingly, her rendition of 'Losing My Mind' is simply shattering." She reprised her role of Sally in the Broadway limited engagement, at the Marquis Theatre, from August 2011 to January 2012. She received a nomination for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, for this role.
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. This collaboration between Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center was directed by John Doyle, with jazzy arrangements of Sondheim's songs. It also featured Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimée. Peters sang "Broadway Baby", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Isn't He Something?", "I Remember" and "With So Little to Be Sure Of", among others. Jesse Green, in his review in New York Magazine 's Vulture site, commented: "[W]hat a wrenching (and funny) actress Peters remains, not on top of her voice but through it." Brantley, in his New York Times review wrote: "As a singer and actress, she just can't help being ardent, full-throated and sincere. She also reminds us here of her considerable and original comic gifts."
Peters has been nominated for the Tony Award seven times, and won twice. She has also been nominated for the Drama Desk Award nine times and won three times, for Annie Get Your Gun, Song and Dance, and Dames at Sea. At the 66th Tony Awards (2012), Peters was presented with the honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award for "making a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre", specifically for her work with Broadway Barks. In making the announcement for this award, the Tony official site noted "With a rich generosity of spirit, Bernadette Peters' devotion to charitable causes is perhaps only outweighed by her much fêted dedication to performing.... Peters' efforts are held in the highest regard on Broadway and beyond. To quote BC/EFA's Tom Viola, 'Bernadette's boundless compassion and generosity represent the best in all of us.' "
Peters was nominated for Emmy Awards for her guest-starring roles on The Muppet Show (1977) and Ally McBeal (2001). On The Muppet Show, Peters sang the song "Just One Person" to Robin the Frog. She was one of the Muppets' guests when they hosted The Tonight Show in 1979, again singing "Just One Person" to Robin, and she appeared in other episodes with the Muppets. Peters 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.
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. Peters has been a presenter at the annual Tony Awards ceremony and co-hosted the ceremony with Gregory Hines in June 2002. She also hosted Saturday Night Live in November 1981. She made 12 guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show 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. Peters appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and on the day-time talk show Live with Regis and Kelly, both as a co-host and a guest. Peters voiced Rita the stray cat in the "Rita and Runt" segments of the animated series Animaniacs in the 1990s. Peters, as Rita, sang both original songs written for the show and parodies of Broadway musical numbers. She appeared on Inside the Actor's Studio in November 2000, discussing her career and craft.
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. She played a young, liberal photographer, who becomes romantically involved with an older, conservative columnist. Although Peters was praised for her charismatic performance, the show ran for only one season. 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. 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".
Peters' television work 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." 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. Her appearance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June 2009 was filmed and broadcast in Australia later that month.
Peters first appeared in the NBC series Smash in the March 2012 episode "The Workshop", as Leigh Conroy, Ivy's mother, a retired Broadway star, who feels competitive because of her daughter's blossoming career. She visits the workshop and sings Everything's Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy) at the urging of the workshop cast. She also appeared in the season 1 finale, "Bombshell" (May 2012), to celebrate Ivy's presumed role as Marilyn, in "The Parents" episode (April 2013), where, as Leigh, she sings an original Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman song, "Hang the Moon", and in the episodes "Opening Night" (April 2013) and "The Phenomenon" (May 2013).
Since 2014, Peters has played Gloria, the chairwoman of the orchestra board in Mozart in the Jungle, a web video series by Amazon Studios based on Blair Tindall's memoir of the same name. The show was picked up for a second season. 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. The episode she appeared in is titled "Rule #21: Leave Childishness to Children".
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. 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.
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, pictured at left, was one of his last works, created at the age of 84. 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. The original title planned for the album was Decades. 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.||”|
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"). 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. The live recording of her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert, Sondheim, Etc. - Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall, also was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Peters' next studio album, in 2002, Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein, consisted entirely of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, including two that she often sings in her concerts, "Some Enchanted Evening" and "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame". This album, which reached position 14 on the Billboard "Top Internet Albums" chart, was her third album in a row nominated for a Grammy Award. It formed the basis of her Radio City Music Hall solo concert debut in June 2002. 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.
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".
In The New York Times review of the 1986 Broadway cast recording of Song and Dance (titled Bernadette Peters in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Song & Dance'), Stephen Holden wrote that the recording was "a personal triumph for a singer and actress who is rapidly establishing herself as the first lady of the Broadway musical. Performing material whose music borders on kitsch and whose lyrics and story suggest a verbose soap opera, Miss Peters nevertheless projects an astounding emotional generosity and conviction. Almost singlehandedly she turns the inconsequential erotic misadventures of Emma ... into a touching romantic fable about love and its defenses and the loss of innocence. ... Miss Peters has always oozed a cuddlesome Shirley Temple-like sweetness and vulnerability. This quality, which used to seem more like an adorable child-star affectation than an deep-seated trait, has proved to be an essential ingredient of Miss Peters's personality. A delivery that once seemed coy and cutesy has deepened and ripened into an honesty and compassion that pour out in singing that is childlike but also resilient."
In 2003, Andrew Gans wrote in Playbill.com of Peters' recording sessions for Gypsy: "What is it about her voice that is so moving? Part womanly and part girlish, it is a powerful instrument, not only in volume (though that is impressive) but in the wealth of emotion it is able to convey. ... her voice – that mix of husky, sweet, rounded, vibrato-filled tones – induces a response that spans the emotional scale." Of her "Rose's Turn", Gans wrote: "...her rendition of this song may be the highlight of a career already filled with many highlights: She has taken a song that has been delivered incredibly by others and brought it to a new level." Of her performance on the recording of Follies (2011), Steven Suskin wrote in Playbill.com: "This is a fine Sally, the sort of Sally you'd expect to get from an actress like – well, Bernadette Peters. The performance on the CD is compelling; either this is simply the magic of the recording studio or Peters has changed what she does and how she does it."
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. 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, and with symphony orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall.
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." 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". In June 2009, Peters was the headliner at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. The Sunday Mail felt that Peters showed "the verve, vigour and voice of someone half her age."
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 November 2009. She was one of the performers to help celebrate the Center's grand opening, in October 2006. 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.
Since 2013, she has again been touring intermittently with her cabaret act, An Evening with Bernadette Peters, and her concert act, "Bernadette Peters in Concert". In April 2014 she performed a series of concerts in Australia. The reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald wrote: "Perhaps it is a matter of personality as much as voice: a natural warmth and an instinct for never exaggerating the emotional content of a song. Whatever the case, it is easy to see and hear why, for 30 years, Bernadette Peters has probably been musical theatre's finest performer. ... She even breathed new life into 'Send In the Clowns'. ... Rather than make it emotionally swollen (as so many do), Peters contracted it, delicately squeezing out its essence like toothpaste from a near-empty tube."
Peters sings four songs on the CD accompanying a 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.
To support the animal adoption charity that she co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks, Peters has written three children's books, illustrated by Liz Murphy. 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. The book reached #5 on The New York Times Children's Best Sellers: Picture Books list for the week of June 8, 2008.
Her second children's book is the story of a pit bull, named after Peters' dog Stella. 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 Publishers 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." 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.
- Broadway Barks
Peters contributes 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. Each July, she and Moore act as co-hosts and presenters for the Broadway Barks event. 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. Also in support of Broadway Barks, Peters has appeared on the daytime talk show Live With Regis and Kelly.
Peters serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and participates in that organization's events, such as the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, and the "Gypsy of the Year" competition. 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. The 1995 benefit concert Anyone Can Whistle and Peters' "Carnegie Hall" 1996 concert were benefits for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
In 2007, Peters helped the Broadway community celebrate the end of the stagehand strike in a "Broadway's Back" concert at the Marquis Theatre. 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. That year, she also presented New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the Humanitarian Award at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation awards. 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. On November 19, 2009, she helped to celebrate the opening of The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
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". In March 2010, Peters helped Stephen Sondheim celebrate his 80th birthday in the Roundabout Theatre Company "Sondheim 80" benefit. She was one of the Honorary Chairs. She had been part of the Roundabout Theatre's Sondheim gala for his 75th birthday. In 2012, Peters became a Patron of The Stephen Sondheim Society.
She performed at the Olivier Awards ceremony in 2014, singing the song "Losing My Mind". A review in The Arts Desk read: "The tradition of bringing over a Broadway baby or two ... presumably explained a late appearance by a still-luminous Bernadette Peters, who reached the very high note at the end of 'Losing My Mind' often not attempted by interpreters of that particular Sondheim song."
Peters and Steve Martin began a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years. By 1981, her popularity led to her appearing on the cover and in a spread in the December 1981 issue of Playboy Magazine, in which she posed in lingerie designed by Bob Mackie.
Peters married investment adviser Michael Wittenberg on July 20, 1996 at the Millbrook, 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.
Peters has a mixed-breed dog named Charlie. Her mixed-breed dog Kramer, the model of a character in her first children's book, died in 2012, and her American pit bull terrier Stella, the inspiration for her second book, died in 2013. She adopted all three from shelters.
Peters has received many honorary awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987. She was named the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year in 1987. Other honors include the Sarah Siddons Award for outstanding performance in a Chicago theatrical production (1994); the American Theatre Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City (1996), as the youngest person so honored; The Actors' Fund Artistic Achievement Medal (1999); an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University (2002); the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2002 and the National Dance Institute 2009 Artistic Honoree.
She was the recipient of the "Sondheim Award", presented by the Signature Theatre in 2011. 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. By some sleight of magic, her singularity always manages to bring out the best and richest in the work of her composers and writers." In 2013 the Drama League gave Peters its Special Award of Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award for "her contribution to the musical theatre." In 2015, at the Drama League Centennial Gala, Peters is the Centennial Honoree. A musical tribute is planned from many of Peters' costars over the years, including the original cast of Dames at Sea. The League said that Peters "exemplifies the absolute best of what American musical theater can be."
|1973||Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies||Allison|
|1974||The Longest Yard||Warden's Secretary, Miss Toot|
|1976||W.C. Fields and Me||Melody|
|1976||Silent Movie||Vilma Kaplan||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
|1976||Vigilante Force||Little Dee|
|1981||Pennies from Heaven||Eileen||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1982||Annie||Lily St. Regis|
|1989||Slaves of New York||Eleanor|
|1989||Pink Cadillac||Lou Ann McGuinn|
|1997||Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||Angelique||voice|
|1998||Barney's Great Adventure||singer, title song|
|1999||Snow Days||Elise Ellis||Released commercially in 2001; original title Snow Days, aka Let It Snow|
|2003||It Runs in the Family||Rebecca Gromberg|
|2003||The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration||Sue||voice|
|2007||Come le formiche||Mary Ann||aka Wine and Kisses|
|2011||Coming Up Roses||Diane||released commercially in 2012|
|2014||Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||Glinda the Good Witch||voice|
- Major concerts
- Various venues, summer of 1989: 10-city concert tour with Peter Allen.
- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California on September 6 and 7, 1996 (solo concert).
- Carnegie Hall, New York City on December 9, 1996 (solo concert with guest singers/dancers, recorded on CD).
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia on January 7 and 8, 1998 (solo concert).
- Royal Festival Hall, London on September 17, 1998 (solo concert with guest singers/dancers, recorded on video).
- Radio City Music Hall, New York City on June 19, 2002 (solo concert with guest singers).
- Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall), New York City, on May 1, 2006 (solo concert).
- Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide, Australia, on June 6 and 7, 2009 (solo concert). Peters headlined, and the concert was televised on June 27, 2009 on Foxtel. A DVD of the concert was released in Australia in June 2010.
- Benefit concert, "Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares", Minskoff Theatre, New York City on November 9, 2009.
- 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"
- "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"
- Hollywood Bowl Sondheim Concert – July 8, 2005, performing in the "Opening Doors Medley" and "Being Alive".
- "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".
- Solo recordings
- 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
- 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)
- Follies – PS Classics (2011)
- Other recordings
- Dress Casual – Evening Primrose suite with Mandy Patinkin – CBS Records (1990)
- 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"
- "Eloise Stories" – audiobook, Simon & Schuster Audio (2015)
Awards and Nominations
|1997||Grammy Award||Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album||I'll Be Your Baby Tonight||Nominated|
|1998||Sondheim Etc.- Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall||Nominated|
|2003||Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein||Nominated|
|1976||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Silent Movie||Nominated|
|1981||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Pennies from Heaven||Won|
|1976||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||All's Fair||Nominated|
|1978||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Variety or Music Program||The Muppet Show||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Ally McBeal||Nominated|
|2003||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special||Bobbie's Girl||Nominated|
- Witchel, Alex. "A True Star, Looking For Places to Shine". The New York Times, February 28, 1999, p. AR5, accessed March 28, 2008
- Okamoto, Sandra. "Broadway star and Tony award winner Bernadette Peters comes to the RiverCenter Saturday", Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Georgia), September 27, 2012
- "Bernadette Peters - Biography". NetGlimpse.com, 2008, accessed February 10, 2009
- Speace, Geri. "Bernadette Peters Biography". MusicianGuide.com, accessed February 10, 2009
- Green, Jesse. "Her Stage Mother, Herself", The New York Times, April 27, 2003, accessed March 28, 2008
- Lux, Kevin. "Bernadette's Timeline". Bernadette Peters Broadway's Best website (2008)
- Internet Movie DataBase. "The Christmas Tree". Hallmark Hall of Fame, Season 8, Episode 4, December 14, 1958
- "Bernadette Peters". The American Musical: Stars over Broadway, PBS.org
- Green, Adam. "People are Talking about Bernadette Peters", Vogue Magazine, March 2003, pp. 408–10
- Kanny, Mark. "Peters brings depth of talent to Heinz Hall". pittsburghlive.com, March 18, 2009
- Homan, Henry. "Carousel a grand production for LHS in the 50s", The Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, December 5, 2005
- Ruth, Jim. "History repeats itself at Gretna Playhouse", Sunday News, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, p. H1, May 5, 2002
- "Bucks County Playhouse History, 1966". Bucks County Playhouse site at ralphmiller.com, accessed February 10, 2009
- Barnes, Clive. "Theater: Musical Pastiche of the 30's With Panache", The New York Times, December 22, 1968, p. 54
- Kerr, Walter. "Rudy, Ruby, Busby-and Julie", The New York Times, January 5, 1969, p. D1
- Crespy, p. 43
- Barnes, Clive. "Mack & Mabel and Silent Film Era", The New York Times, October 7, 1974, p. 54
- Hatch, George. Pennies From Heaven. DVDverdict.com, accessed July 22, 2011
- DiLeo, John. "'Pennies From Heaven'". One Hundred Great Film Performances, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002, ISBN 0-87910-972-6, p. 341
- Kael, Pauline. The New Yorker, December 21, 1981, reprinted in Taking It All In, pp. 272-278 ISBN 0-7145-2841-2
- Kael, Pauline. "'Pennies from Heaven (1981)'" 5001 Nights At the Movies, Macmillan, 1991, ISBN 0-8050-1367-9, p. 574
- "Come Le Formiche 2007". Yahoo! Cinema Italia (Italian), accessed July 3, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Everything's "Coming Up Roses" for Bernadette Peters in New Film". Playbill, February 26, 2010
- Weitzman, Elizabeth. "Movie Review: 'Coming Up Roses'", New York Daily News, November 8, 2012
- Rich, Frank. "Sunday in the Park with George". The New York Times, May 3, 1984, accessed September 11, 2010
- "Sunday in the Park with George". IMDB website, accessed September 11, 2010
- Rich, Frank. "Stage: Song and Dance, With Bernadette Peters", The New York Times, September 19, 1985, p. C19
- Knapp, p. 215
- Crews, Chip. "At Home in Her Range", Washington Post, January 3, 1999, p. G01
- Sandler, Adam. "Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts". Variety, December 29, 1993, accessed July 5, 2008
- Rose, Lloyd. "A Real Pistol: Bernadette Peters Puts Her Indelible Mark on 'Annie'", The Washington Post, January 8, 1999, p. B01
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Lost In Her Charms – an Interview with Bernadette Peters". Playbill, February 19, 1999, accessed July 28, 2008
- Brantley, Ben. "New Momma Takes Charge". The New York Times, May 2, 2003, p. E1, accessed March 28, 2008
- Simonson, Robert. "Sondheim and Weidman's Bounce to Get Reading at Public Theater Feb. 6". Playbill, February 6, 2006, accessed July 4, 2008
- Kalafatas, Greg. "Photo Call: Love Letters with Peters and Dossett". Playbill, September 25, 2007, accessed July 3, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Starry, Starry Night: Peters and Stritch Return to Broadway in Sondheim Revival". Playbill, July 13, 2010
- Gans, Andrew. "Broadway's Little Night Music, with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, Ends Run Jan. 9". Playbill, January 9, 2011
- Isherwood, Charles. "Desirée, Making Her Entrance Again". The New York Times, August 1, 2010
- Gans, Andrew. "'Each a Gem, A Beautiful Diadem': Starry 'Follies' Opens at the Kennedy Center May 21. Playbill, May 21, 2011
- Lipton, Brian Scott. Follies. Theater Mania, May 22, 2011
- Gans, Andrew (January 22, 2012). "Hey, L.A., We're Coming Your Way: 'Follies' Ends Broadway Run Jan. 22". Playbill. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- Gans, Andrew. "Drama Desk Nominations Announced; 'Death Takes a Holiday' and 'Follies' Lead the Pack", Playbill, April 27, 2012
- Green, Jesse. "Theater Reviews: A Grim Little Miss Sunshine, a Lofty A Bed and a Chair", New York Magazine (vulture.com), November 14, 2013
- Each of the four singers also had a silent dancer alter ego, including Elizabeth Parkinson. See Green, Jesse. "Theater Reviews: A Grim Little Miss Sunshine, a Lofty A Bed and a Chair", New York Magazine (vulture.com), November 14, 2013; and Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Stars in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' A Bed and a Chair, Beginning Nov. 13", Playbill, November 13, 2013
- Suskin, Steven. Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis Offer a Comfortable Bed and a Chair at City Center", Playbill, November 14, 2013
- Gardner, Elysa. "Review. A Bed and A Chair", USA Today, November 14, 2013
- Dziemianowicz, Joe. "Theater Review", New York Daily News, November 14, 2013
- Brantley, Ben. "Songs of Experience, the Two-Hearted Kind", The New York Times, p. C14, November 14, 2013
- Bernadette Peters Tony Awards listing. Tony Legacy: Search Past Winners, TonyAwards.com
- Drama Desk history. DramaDesk.com, accessed January 22, 2012
- "Bernadette Peters Awards". Internet Broadway Database, accessed January 22, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman, Actors' Equity Will Be Honored at Tony Awards", Playbill, April 30, 2012
- "Honoring Bernadette Peters, a Star on Stage and Off". TonyAwards.com (webcache.googleusercontent.com), June 6, 2012
- Bernadette Peters Emmy Nominated. emmys.com
- Muppet Wiki: Bernadette Peters episode. Muppet Wiki.
- "Bernadette Peters Intro". Muppet Central Guides, accessed July 22, 2011. Her rendition of the song is included in the album The Muppet Show 2 (1978)
- Garlen, Jennifer C.; Graham, Anissa M. (2009). Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson's Muppets. McFarland & Company. p. 218. ISBN 078644259X.
- "Awards for Bernadette Peters". Internet Movie Database
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines to Host 56th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill, May 15, 2002, accessed July 8, 2008
- Listing for "Saturday Night Live". Internet Movie database, November 14, 1981, accessed July 8, 2008
- Saturday Night Live, November 14, 1981 details snl.jt.org, accessed May 19, 1981
- Slonina, Ed. The Carol Burnett Show Episode Guide at the Wayback Machine (archived February 5, 2005)
- Gans, Andrew. "CBS Broadcasts "Kennedy Center Honors" Dec. 26; Burnett and Nichols Among Honorees". Playbill, December 26, 2003, accessed July 8, 2008
- "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Bernadette Peters, Rodney Dangerfield, Beau Bridges (TV), April 15, 1992". The Paley Center for Media, accessed February 23, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Peters Co-hosts 'Regis'". Playbill, March 27, 2008, accessed July 5, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Peters Co-Hosts "Live with Regis and Kelly" June 25". Playbill, June 24, 2010, accessed June 29, 2010
- Animaniacs, Vol. 1 (1993) Amazon.com, accessed July 7, 2008
- Inside the Actor's Studio list. Bravotv, accessed July 11, 2008
- Zilla, Moe. "TV show reviews: All's Fair", Helium, March 1, 2008, accessed April 15, 2012
- Bernadette Peters, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, accessed April 15, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Christine Baranski to Join Bernadette Peters for 'Adopted' Pilot". Playbill, March 16, 2005, accessed July 3, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Catching Up with Tony Winner and 'Living Proof' Star Bernadette Peters". Playbill, October 17, 2008
- Rousch, Matt. "Back to Business on Thursdays". TV Guide, September 25, 2008
- Hernandez, Ernio. "Photo Call: Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Guest Stars on Ugly Betty". Playbill, December 18, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters to Reprise Role on Feb. 19 and 26 Episodes of Ugly Betty". Playbill, February 12, 2009
- Breaking News, ABC. Thefutoncritic.com, April 27, 2009
- Bernadette Peters to open 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival". adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au, October 25, 2008
- Knox, David. Airdate: Bernadette Peters in Concert, 2009 Tony Awards". Tvtonight.com.au, May 12, 2009
- Rose, Josee. " 'Smash,' Season 1, Episode 8, 'The Workshop': TV Recap", The Wall Street Journal (Speakeasy blog), March 19, 2012
- Jones, Kenneth. "The 'Smash' Report: Episode 7, Or, Mother May I?" Playbill, March 20, 2012
- Slezak, Michael. " Smash Season Finale Recap: Hello, Norma Jean…", tvline.com, May 14, 2012
- Smash Episode Guide, Season 2 zap2it.com, accessed April 3, 2013
- Jones, Kenneth. "The 'Smash' Report: Season Two, Episode 9, Or, I'm a Pretty Girl, Mama, page 5", Playbill, April 3, 2013
- Rimalower, Ben. "The "Smash" Report: Season 2, Episode 12, or Here Come the Critics", Playbill, April 22, 2013
- "'Smash' Episode 12, Season 2, 'The Phenomenon' ", tvguide.com, accessed May 6, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Bernadette Peters Chats About Mozart in the Jungle, Into the Woods, New Book and More", Playbill, December 26, 2014
- McPhee, Ryan. "Into the Jungle ... Again! Mozart in the Jungle, Starring Bernadette Peters, Renewed for Second Season", Broadway.com, February 18, 2015
- Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Will Guest Star on Bravo Series", Playbill, December 24, 2014
- "Bernadette Peters". Amazon.com, accessed July 7, 2008
- "Bernadette Peters Chart History, "Gee Whiz" and "Dedicated To The One I Love" ". Billboard.com, accessed February 24, 2012
- "Grammy Award, 1999, 'Annie Get Your Gun'". Grammy.com, accessed February 23, 2012
- "Grammy Award, 2003, 'Gypsy'". Grammy.com, accessed February 23, 2012
- "Vargas, Alberto". Dictionary of Art and Artists (2005)
- "Names in the News", The Associated Press, March 31, 1980, reporting on Daily News article
- "Recordings" Bernadette Peters timeline (2008)
- "Bernadette Peters: MCA records", Rolling Stone (1980)
- "Bernadette Peters –Now Playing. Discogs.com track listing, accessed July 7, 2008
- Simonson, Robert. "Peters' Rodgers and Hammerstein CD to Be Released on March 12". Playbill, March 12, 2002, accessed July 7, 2008
- "Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein", Allmusic.com, accessed February 26, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Bernadette Peters Soothes the Soul at Radio City". Playbill, June 21, 2002, accessed July 7, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Unexpected Songs: "Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It) Hits Stores Aug. 2". Playbill, August 2, 2005
- Record listing. Zavvi.co.uk, accessed August 3, 2008
- Noris, Jane. "Collins: A new side now". Daily Progress.com, April 3, 2008
- Holden, Stephen. "Bernadette Peters Animates a Lloyd Webber Score", The New York Times, January 26, 1986
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Preserving History: The 'Gypsy' Recording Sessions". Playbill, June 27, 2003
- Suskin, Steven. "On The Record: The New Cast Recording of Follies". Playbill, December 11, 2011
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Launches New Concert Tour in 2005". Playbill, September 24, 2004, accessed July 5, 2008
- Holden, Stephen. "Bernadette Peters, Sweet With Sondheim". The New York Times, December 11, 1996, accessed February 19, 2008
- Higgins, Beau. "Bernadette Peters In Concert At The Arsht Center". Broadwayworld.com, February 25, 2008, accessed July 7, 2008
- Kanny, Mark. "Peters steps into the breach for Hamlisch, PSP gala". PittsburghLive.com, September 14, 2007, accessed July 6, 2008
- "Dallas Symphony Pops - Bernadette Peters". Pegasus News, January 2008, accessed July 7, 2008
- "Award-Winning Performer Bernadette Peters Makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut". Los Angeles Philharmonic press release, February 17, 2008, accessed July 7, 2008
- Holden, Stephen. "A Princess Sings Inside a Fairy Tale". The New York Times, June 21, 2002, accessed July 3, 2008
- Holden, Stephen. "Bernadette Peters: A Voice for the Eternal Child, Sondheim's in Particular". The New York Times, May 3, 2006, accessed July 28, 2008.
- McDonald, Patrick. "An Evening with Bernadette Peters, Festival Theatre". Sunday Mail, June 7, 2009, retrieved June 2, 2010
- Rothaus, Steve. "For charity, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters braves the high seas". The Miami Herald, November 8, 2009
- Tommasini, Anthony. "Miami Vivace: New Arts Center Opens Its Arms", The New York Times, 2007-02-04. Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
- "Alliance for the Arts marks 15 years". toacorn.com, accessed February 7, 2010
- Simon, Stephanie. "Star to Perform at Plaza Opening Thousand Oaks: Publicist says Bernadette Peters intends to give a solo show at the 1,800-seat auditorium". Los Angeles Times, March 5, 1994
- "Bernadette Peters Adds Several New 2014 Concert Dates", BroadwayWorld.com, October 10, 2013
- Shand, John. "Bernadette Peters review: Sondheim songbook shines", The Sydney Morning Herald, April 3, 2014
- "Dewey Doo-it Book". christopherreeve.org, accessed February 23, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Peters and Patinkin to Make In-Store Appearance at NYC Barnes and Noble". Playbill, June 7, 2005, accessed October 9, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Dog Has Identity Crisis In New Bernadette Peters Book, Due in May". Playbill, March 19, 2010
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Catching Up with Tony-Winning Actress Bernadette Peters," Playbill, May 1, 2008, accessed July 3, 2008
- "Children's Best Sellers: Picture Books: Sunday, June 8th 2008". The New York Times, June 8, 2008
- "Children's Book Reviews: 4/12/2010". Publishers Weekly, April 12, 2010
- Wiggins, Leslie A. "Pit Bull As Pig Princess? Bernadette Peters Acts Out Her Latest Children's Book" Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2010
- Peters, Bernadette. Stella and Charlie Friends Forever, Blue Apple Books (2015) ISBN 1609055357
- Gans, Andrew. "Broadway Barks for a Good Cause July 12 in Shubert Alley". Playbill, July 12, 2008, accessed April 24, 2010
- Gans, Andrew. "Peters Will Sign "Broadway Barks" Prior to Broadway Barks 10 on July 12". Playbill, June 9, 2008
- Zielinski, Peter James. "Photo Coverage: 'Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert' - In Performance at the Minskoff Theatre". Broadwayworld.com, November 11, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Peters Guests on "Live with Regis and Kelly" July 8". Playbill, July 8, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Peters to Promote Broadway Barks 9! on Several Morning Shows". Playbill, July 3, 2007
- "Board of Trustees, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS". Broadwaycares.org, accessed February 23, 2012
- Lenzi, Linda. "Photo Coverage: Broadway Flea Market 2009". Broadwayworld.com, September 28, 2009
- Murray, Matthew. "Gypsy of the Year Raises Record $3,359,000 for BC/EFA". Theatermania.com, December 10, 2003, accessed September 29, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Chatting with Scoundrels' Sara Gettelfinger Plus News of Mazzie, Skinner and Brightman". Playbill, September 30, 2005, accessed August 15, 2008
- Hale, Scott. "Lansbury, Peters and Martin Declared Broadway's Back! Nov. 30". Playbill, November 30, 2007
- Hetrick, Adam. "Peters, Lansbury, Roberts, Benanti Headline Westport's Footlights and Film Gala Sept. 15". Playbill, September 16, 2008
- Gans, Andrew and Hetrick, Adam. "First 1,000 Tix Sold at New Duffy Square TKTS Booth Are Free Courtesy of Target". Playbill, October 16, 2008
- Evans, Matthew. "Breast Cancer Event Awards NYC Mayor Bloomberg". wwd.com, October 31, 2008
- Milligan, Susan. "Obama leads star-studded birthday salute to Kennedy". The Boston Globe, March 9, 2009
- BWW News Desk. "Photo Coverage: Bernadette Peters Opens Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium". Broadwayworld.com, November 19, 2009
- Ross, Blake. "About Last Night: Celebrating Angela Lansbury, With Zeta-Jones, Cariou, Garber, Peters and More". Playbill, retrieved February 24, 2010
- Ross, Blake. "About Last Night: Inside Sondheim's Birthday". Playbill, retrieved March 24, 2010
- Jones, Kenneth. "Everybody Rise! Roundabout's Sondheim 80 Celebrates a Master's Milestone". Playbill, March 22, 2010
- "Gala". Roundabouttheatre.org, retrieved March 24, 2010
- Auker, Peter. "Bernadette Peters becomes a Patron of the Society", The Stephen Sondheim Society, February 21, 2012
- Wolf, Matt. "Olivier Awards 2014: Mormons, Ghosts, and Chimerica", theartsdesk.com, April 14, 2014
- Brown, Mark."Olivier awards 2014: Almeida theatre defeats West End giants" The Guardian, April 13, 2014
- Martin, Frank. "'The Jerk' Made Detractors Eat Crow". People Magazine, January 21, 1980, accessed October 13, 2008
- "Steve Martin Sings: The Rolling Stone Interview". Rolling Stone Magazine, February 18, 1982, pp. 10-13, re-printed at redknotstudio.com, accessed February 24, 2012 (note: author not shown, see Fong-Torres, Ben)
- Playboy cover. Playboy.com, December 1981, accessed February 23, 2012
- "Michael Wittenberg, 43, Husband of Broadway Star, Is Dead". The Associated Press, New York Times September 28, 2005, accessed July 3, 2008
- "M. Wittenberg, 43; husband to Bernadette Peters". Obituary: The Boston Globe, September 29, 2005, accessed July 3, 2008
- Trussell, Robert. "Bernadette Peters will bring fever for her work to the Kauffman Center", The Kansas City Star, August 11, 2012
- Sacks, Amy. Bernadette Peters puts her heart into pet adoption drive in Shubert Alley", New York Daily News, July 13, 2012; and "Bernadette Peters: How Broadway Barks Became a Book for Kids". Broadway.com, June 24, 2008
- "Bernadette Peters", Au.timeout.com, February 2014
- "Names in the News", Domestic News, Los Angeles, The Associated Press, April 24, 1987
- "Past Men and Women of the Year", HastyPudding.org, accessed May 18, 2012
- "The Sarah Siddons Society Awardees". SarahSiddonsSociety.org
- Rawson, Christopher. "'Family' gathers at the Theater Hall of Fame", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 25, 1996, p. C1
- Ehren, Christine. "Cameron Mackintosh to Be Honored by Crawford, Peters, Burnett at Actor's Fund Gala Nov. 15", Playbill, November 15, 1999, accessed July 5, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters To Receive Honorary Doctorate May 19", Playbill, May 19, 2002, accessed March 28, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Joel Grey to Induct Bernadette Peters into Hall of Fame; Peters to Sing R&H", Playbill, June 28, 2002, accessed March 28, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "National Dance Institute to Honor Bernadette Peters and Yoko Ono", Playbill, April 21, 2009
- Jones, Kenneth. "Bernadette Peters Gets Sondheim Award April 11; Stephen Buntrock, Rebecca Luker, Euan Morton Sing", Playbill, April 11, 2011
- "New Dramatists 63rd Annual Spring Luncheon to Honor Bernadette Peters", NewDramatists.org, April 3, 2012, accessed May 18, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Debra Messing and David Hyde Pierce Host 79th Annual Drama League Awards May 17", Playbill, May 17, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. "Stars of Stage and Screen Will Come Out to Honor Three-Time Tony Winner Bernadette Peters" Playbill, October 6, 2015
- Official Website
- "The Girl in the Freudian Slip". Internet Broadway Database, accessed January 22, 2012
- "'A Mother's Kisses' Listing". BroadwayWorld.com, accessed June 17, 2011
- Zolotow, Sam. "'Mother's Kisses' Will Not Make It to Broadway", The New York Times, October 15, 1968, p.39
- Mandelbaum, Ken. "Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Flops", p. 171 (1991) St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-06428-4
- Barnes, Clive. "La Strada With Music", The New York Times, December 15, 1969, p. 63
- New York Magazine theater listings, p. 13, March 29, 1971
- 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
- "Bernadette Peters Biography (1948-)", Film Reference, accessed March 2, 2014
- Mitchell, Elvis. "Film in Review", The New York Times, June 8, 2001, p. E16
- Gioia, Michael. " Legends of Oz Animated Film, With Voices of Megan Hilty, Lea Michele, Bernadette Peters, Will Be Released in 2014", Playbill, March 14, 2013
- "For Chuckles. Bernadette Peters aims for laughs as an un-Biblical Eve on NBC's special, 'Bing Crosby-Cooling It', tomorrow at 10:00", "Television This Week", The New York Times, April 12, 1970, p. D19
- O'Connor, John J. "TV: Crosby and Knight Specials Fail Despite All Good Intentions", The New York Times, November 30, 1976, p. 54
- "Television and Radio listings, Part Three". Sondheimguide.com, retrieved June 9, 2010
- Rimalower, Ben. "The Smash Report: Season Two, Episodes 16–17, or Give 'Em That Big Finish", Playbill, May 28, 2013
- Gans, Andrew. "Complete First Season of "Mozart in the Jungle," Starring Bernadette Peters, Released Today", Playbill, December 23, 2014
- Evertz, Mary. "Song and Dance: Just for this occasion, Allen has written a song", St. Petersburg Times (Florida), July 14, 1989, p. 19
- Joyce, Mike. "Peter Allen & Bernadette Peters", The Washington Post, July 15, 1989, p. C7
- Gieske, Tony. "Bernadette Peters the Hollywood Bowl Friday, Sept. 6", The Hollywood Reporter, September 9, 1996
- Hallett, Bryce. "Peters masters a scratchy start", The Weekend Australian, January 10, 1998, p. 8
- Davis, Clive. "Bernadette Peters, Festival Hall", The Times, September 19, 1998
- Jones, Kenneth. "Bernadette Peters Sings Sondheim in PBS Airing of London Concert". Playbill, August 5, 1999, accessed July 5, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Diva Talk: Peters The Great – The London Concert". Playbill, July 16, 1999, accessed July 5, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Makes Solo Radio City Music Hall Concert Debut June 19". Playbill, June 19, 2002, accessed July 5, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Offers Sold-Out Solo Concert at Avery Fisher Hall May 1". Playbill, May 1, 2006, accessed July 5, 2008
- BWW news desk. "BWW's First Look at the Australia Concert Poster for Bernadette Peters' Adelaide Cabaret Festival". Broadwayworld.com, March 29, 2009
- "An Evening with Bernadette Peters (DVD) listing". Musicshop.com.au, retrieved June 2, 2010
- Ross, Blake. "About Last Night.... An Enchanted Evening with Enchantress, Bernadette Peters". Playbill, November 6–12, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Peters Concert Raises More Than Half a Million for Charities". Playbill, November 10, 2009
- Ruhlmann, William. "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall", Allmusic, accessed May 21, 2012
- Stringer, Robin. "Even Sondheim and Lloyd Webber clown for Sir Cameron", The Evening Standard (London), June 8, 1998, p. 5
- "'Hey Mr. Producer!' Listing". albemarle-london.com, retrieved January 15, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "Burnett, Cook, Peters, McDonald, Stritch and More Salute Sondheim July 8 at Hollywood Bowl". Playbill, July 8, 2005, accessed July 5, 2008
- "Photo Coverage: Sondheim at the Bowl Performance". Broadwayworld.com, July 12, 2005
- Gans, Andrew and Hetrick, Adam. "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert DVD, with Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters, Arrives Nov. 16". Playbill, 16 November 16, 2010, accessed February 23, 2012
- Bernadette Peters at Allmusic.com, accessed November 3, 2011
- "Bernadette Peters". Sondheim, Etc. – Pandora Internet Radio, accessed July 3, 2008
- "Legends of Broadway". Amazon.com, retrieved November 19, 2009
- amazon.com listing and review
- Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Narrates New Collection of "Eloise" Stories, Arriving Today", Playbill, October 27, 2015
- Bryer, Jackson R. and Richard Allan Davison. The Art Of The American Musical: Conversations with the Creators (2005), Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0-8135-3613-8
- Crespy, David Allison. Off-Off-Broadway Explosion (2003), Back Stage Books, ISBN 0-8230-8832-4
- Knapp, Raymond. The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity (2006), Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-12524-4
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bernadette Peters.|
- Official website
- Bernadette Peters at the Internet Broadway Database
- Bernadette Peters at the Internet Movie Database
- Bernadette Peters at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Standing Tall website
- The Carol Burnett Show screengrabs, "As the Stomach Turns" episode
- Photo of Peters on Bing Crosby Christmas special
- Numerous photos of Peters