The ten-song recording comes with the children's book "Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again," which is loosely based on the late Christopher Reeve's struggles with his physical disabilities. "Dewey meets a little owl in a wheelchair who can no longer fly," a book description states. "Can the helpful Doo-its use ingenuity and creativity to help the little owl learn to fly again? Can they Doo-it?"
The CD also features narration by Dana Reeve, the late actor's widow. Dewey books, according to the Dewey Doo-it website, "teach kids the value and importance of helping others. He nurtures in each child the qualities of selflessness, kindness and compassion."
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 Momma 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. She is currently filming the new ABC-TV pilot "Adopted."
Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in the Broadway mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. His theatrical work includes roles in The Wild Party, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and The Knife. An Emmy Award winner for his work on "Chicago Hope," his other screen credits include "Yentl," "Ragtime," "Dick Tracy," "Broken Glass," "Life with Mikey" and "The Princess Bride." Patinkin's latest solo recording, "Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim," is available on the Nonesuch label.
The hardcover "Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again" has a retail price of $18.95. Proceeds will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Visit www.dooits.com for more information.