From Dot to Dolly: Revisiting the Stage Work of Bernadette Peters

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The Tony-winning actor celebrates her birthday February 28.
Bernadette Peters in <i>Hello, Dolly!</i>
Bernadette Peters in Hello, Dolly! Noam Galai/Getty Images

Stage and screen star Bernadette Peters celebrates her birthday February 28.

Peters made her New York theatrical debut at the age of ten, playing the role of Tessie in a City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella. She won Tony Awards for her performances in musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Song & Dance) and Irving Berlin (a revival of Annie Get Your Gun), and has also created leading roles in musicals by Jerry Herman (Mack & Mabel) and Marvin Hamlisch (The Goodbye Girl). Peters is, perhaps, most associated with the work of Stephen Sondheim, having offered performances in five Broadway musicals that boast lyrics and/or music by Sondheim: model/mistress Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, the Witch in Into the Woods, the indomitable stage mother Rose in Gypsy, the captivating Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Sally Plummer Durant in Follies.

Peters was most recently seen on Broadway as Dolly Levi in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre.

In honor of the musical theatre luminary, look back at highlights from her stage career.

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