Throngs of Bernadette Peters fans will unite June 19 to catch the two-time Tony Award winner's solo Radio City Music Hall concert debut at 8 PM.
The former Annie Get Your Gun star will offer an evening of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein tunes, including songs from her new Angel Records CD, "Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein." The one night-only event will also include several additional Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes not found on the recording as well as an original overture written by Tony winner Jonathan Tunick, who will conduct the orchestra.
Peters promises that there will be some other wonderful surprises as well. Richard Jay-Alexander, the acclaimed director who helmed her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut, will also direct the Radio City performance, which will boast such R&H classics as "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Mister Snow" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
In a statement, the Queens-born Peters had this to say about her upcoming night at Radio City: "I'm a native New Yorker, so it has always been my dream to perform at Radio City Music Hall. It's one of the most gorgeous, architecturally grand theatres this fabulous city has to offer, and it is such an integral part of New York's rich cultural history. I'm thrilled to perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's amazing songs in this historic music hall as 'June is bustin' out all over' and the Richard Rodgers Centennial is in full swing."
Tickets, which are priced at $44.50, $49.50, $64.50 and $79.50 (including the $4.50 per ticket facility charge), are still available by calling TicketMaster at (212) 307-7171 or by logging on to www.radiocity.com. Bernadette Peters earned Tony Awards for her work in Broadway's Song & Dance and Annie Get Your Gun as well as Tony nominations for her performances in Sunday in the Park With George, The Goodbye Girl, Mack and Mabel and On the Town. She received an Emmy nomination for her guest stint on "Ally McBeal" and will be seen in the upcoming Michael Douglas film "A Few Good Years," scheduled for a December 2002 release. Peters will also star in the highly anticipated revival of Gypsy, which will be mounted on Broadway in 2003 featuring direction by Sam Mendes. She was recently on the stage of Radio City Music Hall co hosting the 56th Annual Tony Awards telecast.
—By Andrew Gans