PhotosFrom Mabel to Momma Rose! Celebrating the Stage Work of Birthday Gal Bernadette PetersWe look back at some of the Tony-winning actress' greatest roles!
February 28, 2016
Bernadette 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. Since that time the celebrated singing actress has become one of the most sought-after musical theatre performers, one who brings a mix of humor, warmth, passion and emotional depth to all her work. In fact, listening to her early recordings in such musicals as Dames at Sea and George M! one can hear the unique mix of vocal colors and nuanced interpretations that, several years later, would help her solidify her position as one of the all-time great musical theatre stars.
From Dot to Dolly: Celebrating the Stage Work of Bernadette Peters
It was the aforementioned Sam Mendes-directed revival of Gypsy that earned Peters her seventh Tony nomination and seemed to mark a new chapter in her career, as she completely shed her endearing persona to fully delve into the psyche of the powerhouse that is Rose. And, although her TV and film work remain equally compelling, Peters is a true "Broadway Baby," returning to the stage year after year, allowing audiences to revel in her formidable talents as both a singer and actress.