Singer and actress Bernadette Peters performs standards and her hits from a decades-long career in musical theater, on the concert stage, and in television and film, Friday, March 29, 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Accompanied by her band and members of the San Francisco Symphony, Peters will perform signature American songbook classics by Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein, among others. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. through sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.
Long regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Peters in 2011 performed on Broadway as Sally in the critically acclaimed production of Sondheim’s Follies, after a highly successful run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her performance in the role earned Peters her ninth Drama Desk award nomination; she has won the honor three times. In 2010, she starred in Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece A Little Night Music opposite Elaine Stritch.
Peters has recorded six solo albums and several singles. Three of her albums have been nominated for the Grammy Award. She has recorded most of the Broadway and off-Broadway musicals she has appeared in, and four of these cast albums have won Grammy Awards. Her most recent recording is on the two-disc soundtrack to Follies (2011).
In 2003, Peters received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes’ record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy, and her performance was captured on the Grammy award-winning Gypsy cast recording. She has won the Tony Award twice for her performances, and this year, Peters received her third Tony, The Isabelle Stevenson Award. This special Tony acknowledges an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Along with good friend Mary Tyler Moore, she co-founded Broadway Barks !, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals. To support Broadway Barks!, Peters has written two children’s books, both illustrated by Liz Murphy. The first, “Broadway Barks,” is about a scrappy dog, named after her dog Kramer, and the pleasure of adopting a pet. Peters wrote the words and music to a lullaby, titled “Kramer’s Song,” which is included on a CD in the book.
Her recent screen credits include two guest appearances on NBC’s new TV hit series SMASH, which begins its second season in February 2013. She has also appeared in the Lifetime movie, Living Proof opposite Harry Connick, Jr.; a guest-starring role in the two-hour 2008 season premiere of the ABC-TV series Grey’s Anatomy, and a recurring role on Ugly Betty. Peters received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the hit TV series Ally McBeal. She has appeared in several performing arts specials, including Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and also played an opera diva-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown in Terrence McNally’s The Last Mile, both for PBS’ Great Performances series. Her seventeen films include Pennies From Heaven, for which she received a Golden Globe Award, The Jerk with Steve Martin, The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, and Silent Movie with Mel Brooks.
Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 pm
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
Tickets: $20-98. Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org , by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.