Peters will be joined by artist Ross Bleckner, who designed this year’s Broadway Barks poster and Playbill cover.
All proceeds from the sale of Peters' book, the Special Edition poster and Playbill benefit Barks, which the Broadway favorite co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is "dedicated to saving the lives of animals in shelters and raising awareness surrounding the beauty of adoption."
Broadway Barks will commence at 3:30 PM with celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters beginning at 5 PM. The afternoon will also feature a performance from Broadway's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
"Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever," according to press notes, "tells the story of friendship inspired by Peters’ work with shelter animals and her personal experience with animal adoption. 'Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever' is sure to please young readers, dog lovers, and anyone who has gone through the trials and tribulations of true friendship."
* Prior to Follies, Bernadette Peters was last on Broadway in the revival of A Little Night Music. She received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed revival of Gypsy. Peters 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 can also be seen in the new TV series "Mozart in the Jungle," which has been picked up for a second season.