Garrett, who was part of the Golden Era of MGM musicals, will portray Scott Guber's (Anthony Heald) mother in the Valentine's Day-related episode of the FOX series, set in a Boston public school. The episode entitled "Chapter Fifty Seven" also stars Fyvush Finkel, Chi McBride, Sharon Leal, Loretta Devine, Jeri Ryan, Michael Rapaport, Jon Abrahams, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Goethals, Missy Yager and Brad Wilson. In the 2001 revival of Follies directed by Matthew Warchus, Betty Garrett delivered the Sondheim show-stopper "Broadway Baby." Garrett has appeared in several other Broadway productions, including Something for the Boys, where she understudied Ethel Merman, as well as Jackpot; Call Me Mister; Laffing Room Only; Beg, Borrow or Steal; A Girl Could Get Lucky; Supporting Cast; Spoon River; and Meet Me in St. Louis. On the silver screen, she starred in "On the Town," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," "Neptune's Daughter," "Words and Music" and "My Sister Eileen," and her TV work includes "All in the Family" and "Laverne and Shirley." Garrett's autobiography, "Betty Garrett and Other Songs," is available in bookstores.
"Boston Public" airs in the metropolitan area on FOX-TV (Channel 5) from 8 to 9 PM ET. Check local listings.