Peters will play Judge Marianna Folger on the May 8 broadcast of the hit ABC series. The episode, entitled "Guantanamo by the Bay," was penned by David E. Kelley and Andrew Kreisberg and directed by Jim Bagdonas.
The upcoming episode "Guantanamo by the Bay" is described as such: "Alan Shore sues the United States on behalf of a client who was tortured for two years at a detention camp. Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson begs Shirley Schmidt to let him have his job back at the firm — despite the fact that he'd once tried to kill her — and Claire defends a lawyer who committed a sexual assault after hearing a prank radio program proclaiming the world was coming to an end."
"Boston Legal" airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV Channel 7 from 10-11 PM ET; check local listings.
"Boston Legal" stars James Spader as Alan Shore, Julie Bowen as Denise Bauer, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Rene Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms and Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane.
Other guest stars for the May 8 episode include Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gail O’Grady as Judge Gloria Weldon, Meredith Eaton-Gilden as Bethany Horowitz, Mitch Pilleggi as U.S. Attorney Mark Freestone, TJ Ramini as Benyam Kallah, Leon Russell as Colonel George Hegarty, Ron Canada as Judge Willard Reese, Patrick Renna as Warren Peters, Angela Goethals as Officer Ellen Belott and Peter Jacobson as D.A. Randy Golden. Bernadette Peters was last on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Gypsy, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed production. She won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Peters' newest live recording, "Sondheim, Etc., Etc.—Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It)," is available on the Angel Records label. Masterworks Broadway has also just released a "Legends of Broadway" CD celebrating her theatrical career.