Bernadette Peters May Extend Gypsy Contract

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Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters has been asked to extend her run in the hit revival of Gypsy at the Shubert Theatre.
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Peters' publicist, Judy Katz, confirmed to Playbill On-Line that Peters, who was Tony-nominated for her performance as Momma Rose, has been asked to extend her contract in the Sam Mendes-directed revival through September 2004.

Peters, who is currently signed with the show through March 2004, is seriously considering the extension. In related news, Peters will guest on "Live with Regis and Kelly" Jan. 16; the actress is expected to perform Gypsy's "Some People" on the syndicated morning chat program, which airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV, 9-10 AM ET.

Bernadette Peters won her two Tonys for her performances in Song & Dance and 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.

Directed by Academy Award winner Mendes, this production of Gypsy marks the fourth Broadway mounting of the musical, which was created by Arthur Laurents (book), Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The original 1959 production cast Ethel Merman as the indomitable “Momma” Rose. Subsequent Roses include Angela Lansbury (1974) and Tyne Daly (1989).

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC, Gypsy opened May 1, 2003 at the Shubert Theatre. The production features original choreography by Jerome Robbins and additional choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Jodi Moccia is the associate choreographer and Peter Lawrence the associate director.

Tickets for Gypsy are available at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street) or on-line at Click here. The Gypsy cast recording is available on Angel Records.

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