Bernadette Back on Broadway: Peters to Sing Broadway Barks BC/EFA Benefit Concert

News   Bernadette Back on Broadway: Peters to Sing Broadway Barks BC/EFA Benefit Concert Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced on Aug. 11 that Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters — a long-time BC/EFA friend and trustee — will perform a special one-night-only concert Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares Nov. 9 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.

Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters Photo by Kurt Sneddon

The 8 PM concert is produced by BC/EFA with proceeds benefiting Broadway Barks and BC/EFA.

The evening will be directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Marvin Laird.

For this special concert, Peters, the quintessential New Yorker, born in Queens, "will feature material from her Broadway career and recordings, as well as popular songs and personal favorites and will include selections by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman among them."

Peters said in a statement, "I love to sing. When the opportunity came along to do a concert to benefit two of my passions, Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, it was a match made in heaven. I have always been devoted to helpless shelter animals, especially those mixed breed pups that need a forever home. And, as a member of the Broadway community, I have seen friends and colleagues face some of life’s roughest challenges. On Nov. 9, all of this will come together at the Minskoff Theatre with a special concert for both of these organizations that I care so deeply about."

Expect a 30-piece orchestra. Tickets for Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares may be purchased by calling BC/EFA at (212) 840-0770, extension 268 or online by visiting www.BroadwayCares.org.

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Special ticket packages are available (see below). They include tickets to the concert and VIP reception at Blue Fin. Concert-only tickets are also available: Rear orchestra or mezzanine ($110 each), rear mezzanine ($75 each).

TICKET PACKAGES

JUST BECAUSE I LOVE BERNADETTE ($1,000 each, includes:)
One Extraordinary Orchestra Seat, the best possible — just because Bernadette loves YOU!
One ticket to the VIP reception after the evening's performance at Blue Fin.
Listing as "Just Because I Love Bernadette" in the evening's Playbill.

FOREVER FRIENDS/MUTTS ($500 each, includes:)
One Premium Orchestra Seat.
One ticket to the VIP reception after the evening's performance at Blue Fin.
Listing as a "Forever Friend" in the evening's Playbill.

BEST PALS/POOCHES ($295 each, includes:)
One Prime Orchestra or Front Mezzanine Seat.
One ticket to the VIP reception after the evening's performance.
Listing as a "Best Pal" in the evening's Playbill.

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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 You're 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 Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.

Her career also boasts television credits including most recently in the Lifetime movie, Living Proof opposite Harry Connick Jr., a guest-starring role in the two-hour 2008 season premiere of ABC-TV's "Grey's Anatomy" and an on-going role in the network's "Ugly Betty." Peters has appeared in 17 films throughout her career. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in "Pennies From Heaven." Among her film credits are "The Jerk" with Steve Martin, "The Longest Yard" with Burt Reynolds, "Silent Movie" with Mel Brooks, "Annie" with Carol Burnett, "Pink Cadillac" with Clint Eastwood, "Slaves of New York" with Mercedes Ruehl, Woody Allen's "Alice" with Mia Farrow, "Impromptu" with Hugh Grant and Mandy Patinkin, and "It Runs in the Family," starring opposite Kirk and Michael Douglas.

In addition to numerous Original Broadway Cast recordings, 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."

Peters devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Peters' "pet project" is Broadway Barks, which she co-founded with friend Mary Tyler Moore, which is an annual, star-studded dog and cat adoption event presented each summer in Shubert Alley, benefiting over two dozen rescue shelters throughout the New York City area. She recently added author and songwriter to her roster of achievements with her debut children's book "Broadway Barks," which debuted on The New York Times Bestseller list.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $160 million dollars for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors' Fund — including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers' Resource and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. For more information visit www.BroadwayCares.org.

Broadway Barks, the annual star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon, came about as a result of Bernadette Peters' and Mary Tyler Moore's passion for animals. This year's Broadway Barks attracted an audience of more than 7,000 theatre fans, pet owners, and animal lovers, and featured the participation of more than 27 animal shelters from the New York City area, as well as Broadway stars from the hit shows of the season, ending in a total of over 140 adoptions. Originally conceived as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals, Broadway Barks has evolved into an event that has not only focused on the plight of homeless animals, but has opened the door of communication and fostered a spirit of community among the numerous shelters and rescue groups working throughout the city. Previously, many of these groups struggled in anonymity and isolation left to their own devices for promotion and fundraising in a job which is emotionally draining. As Broadway Barks looks toward the future, their goal is to continue in the path already established as well as to focus more attention on education, targeting such areas as responsible pet ownership, spay/neuter, and the importance of pet identification. For more information, visit www.BroadwayBarks.com.