Bernadette Peters Talks Her Broadway Return, the 20th Annual Broadway Barks, and More

Broadway News   Bernadette Peters Talks Her Broadway Return, the 20th Annual Broadway Barks, and More
The Tony-winning star shares who some of her special guests will be at the annual animal adopt-a-thon.

Bernadette Peters appeared on LIVE With Kelly & Ryan July 13 as she wraps up her starring role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway and prepares to host the 20th annual Broadway Barks with her Dolly co-star Victor Garber.

“It’s the year of the dog, and we’ve been there 20 years. I can't believe it,” gushed the actor.

As for Dolly, Peters has only four performances left as the beloved meddlesome matchmaker. “I’m at the point now where I’m loving every moment of it and I’m savoring it—and it was terrific lovely experience. It’s a perfect show.” Peters first bowed as Dolly Gallagher Levi January 20, 2018, succeeding Tony winner Bette Midler in the 2017 Best Revival of a Musical (Midler returns to the role next week).

When asked if she plans to come back to Broadway, Peters said, “It depends what the role is and why. I’m open to whatever life has in store for me.”


Peters has received Tony Awards for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun, as well as the honorary Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. Her additional credits include Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George, Follies, and A Little Night Music. She founded Broadway Barks with the late Mary Tyler Moore in 1998 as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The organization hosts the event each summer as an adopt-a-thon paired with appearances by Broadway favorites. This year, the casts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls, and more are set to take the stage in Shubert Alley July 14.

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