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April 29, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Saturday in the park with Bernadette (Peters, that is) will highlight the summer season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum announced by the Pasadena Pops and its new principal conductor, Michael Feinstein. Peters, whose many starring turns on Broadway include the original production of Stephen Sondheim's “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1984, will be the headliner on June 29, with Larry Blank conducting. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Feinstein will conduct three of the five shows in the series, leading a “Michael Feinstein's Songbook” program (June 1)
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April 29, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Saturday in the park with Bernadette (Peters, that is) will highlight the summer season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum announced by the Pasadena Pops and its new principal conductor, Michael Feinstein. Peters, whose many starring turns on Broadway include the original production of Stephen Sondheim's “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1984, will be the headliner on June 29, with Larry Blank conducting. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Feinstein will conduct three of the five shows in the series, leading a “Michael Feinstein's Songbook” program (June 1)
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August 1, 2010 | By David Rooney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It seems like the brainchild of a marketing genius. Take two of Broadway's most celebrated living actresses, bringing with them more than 100 years of combined New York stage experience, and cast them as mother and daughter in a show that mines both their glittering history as musical-theater performers and their indelible association with the composer. It was some casting coup to have Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch step into the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," particularly for a production that had been scheduled to close when original leads Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury finished their contracts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2012 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Though the 1971 Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies" puts male-female relationships under a microscope with its probing exploration of unhappy showbiz marriages and broken dreams, most would agree that this show belongs to the women. "If you think of all the specialty numbers throughout, it really is female-oriented," says Eric Schaeffer, director of the Broadway production opening Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, which was nominated last week for eight Tony Awards, including revival of a musical.
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September 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Wittenberg, 43, husband of Broadway musical-theater star Bernadette Peters, died Monday in a helicopter crash in Montenegro. Wittenberg, an investment advisor, was on a business trip, Judy Katz, a spokeswoman for the Tony Award-winning actress, told Associated Press on Tuesday. Three other people were killed in the crash, which occurred when the aircraft struck a high-voltage cable, police in Podgorica, Montenegro, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
Bernadette Peters knows the difference between the musical theater and the concert stage. Her appearance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday was a richly rewarding example of how a gifted theatrical artist can set aside characterizations and bring new life and vitality to a collection of familiar songs. Peter's voice--a superbly colorful instrument that is without peer in the contemporary musical theater--never became the sole focus of the performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
Bundled up in a gray wool coat, a pink-and-magenta scarf and gloves to ward off the chill of what was supposed to be a February morning in Brooklyn, Bernadette Peters walked slowly through the playground. She was playing a mother taking her young son to school on what was to be one of the last normal days of his life. Peters looked maternal, her trademark frizzy blond hair tightly pulled back and braided.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
"Welcome to the Gentile version of Steve & Eydie," Peter Allen joked at the start of his show with Bernadette Peters at the Greek Theatre on Friday. Like that veteran husband-and-wife team, Allen and Peters mixed old standards, Broadway ballads, witty patter and a little old-fashioned shtick. The show is a natural for Las Vegas--where it heads for two weeks in August. But Peters' portion transcended that slick showroom tradition.
NEWS
November 4, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE, Times Staff Writer
If Bernadette Peters ever grows weary of wandering around the entertainment industry like a silver-voiced figurine dancing across a Monopoly board, she always has a home on television. Her latest movie, "The Last Best Year of My Life" on ABC Sunday, affirms that. Peters plays a duty-bound career woman whose dull, lonely life turns truly tragic when she's told that she has an incurable cancer and will die by the end of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Jane Murray (Bernadette Pe ters) is a single career woman who loses her married lover and her future--when she learns she has liver cancer--almost simultaneously. Wendy Allen (Mary Tyler Moore) is a psychologist who accepts Jane as a patient only reluctantly, fearing the experience will disrupt her orderly life and tap the pain she felt as a child when her father died of cancer.
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January 8, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Actress Anjelica Huston is standing at the edge of a large mirrored rehearsal space as dancers and choreographers circulate around her. Preparation for a big Broadway number is frenetically underway. In one corner, performers limber up; in another, they nervously await a director's judgment. It might seem like any rehearsal for any one of the numerous musicals that play this city nightly. Except this isn't a Broadway musical or even a rehearsal — the cameras are rolling on the set of "Smash," a new fictional television series about the theater world.
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August 1, 2010 | By David Rooney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It seems like the brainchild of a marketing genius. Take two of Broadway's most celebrated living actresses, bringing with them more than 100 years of combined New York stage experience, and cast them as mother and daughter in a show that mines both their glittering history as musical-theater performers and their indelible association with the composer. It was some casting coup to have Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch step into the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," particularly for a production that had been scheduled to close when original leads Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury finished their contracts.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2008 | Charles McNulty, Times Theater Critic
Someone's purse seems to be ringing, and Bernadette Peters assumes it must be hers. Her schedule is jam-packed with publicity appearances for her children's book, "Broadway Barks," a touching story about a dog in need of a home, which comes with a CD of a lullaby she wrote. The kiddie book, named after the annual event she started with her close friend Mary Tyler Moore to help shelter animals, is Peters' first -- and her royalties will be donated to the charity organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Wittenberg, 43, husband of Broadway musical-theater star Bernadette Peters, died Monday in a helicopter crash in Montenegro. Wittenberg, an investment advisor, was on a business trip, Judy Katz, a spokeswoman for the Tony Award-winning actress, told Associated Press on Tuesday. Three other people were killed in the crash, which occurred when the aircraft struck a high-voltage cable, police in Podgorica, Montenegro, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
They gave out the Tony Awards on Sunday night for the 59th time, and CBS was there, as it has been before, preempting "Cold Case" and a TV movie to do it. There has always been something rarefied about the Tonys.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2003 | Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
In the movie "Pennies From Heaven," considered harsh stuff even by some devotees of the great, harsh, superlatively durable musical "Gypsy," Bernadette Peters plays a small-town schoolteacher seduced and abandoned by a sheet-music salesman. Screenwriter Dennis Potter's hard-luck musical fable follows the teacher from wronged virgin to Chicago prostitute, tougher than the toughest kaiser roll in an Edward Hopper diner.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
On March 3, 1983, a father set ablaze the room where his 6-year-old son lay sleeping. The boy received third-degree burns over 90% of his body--but he didn't die. Here is the astonishing story of David Rothenberg, his tragedy and triumph, as seen through the eyes of his remarkable mother.
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March 5, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grand opening of Thousand Oaks' Civic Arts Plaza will blend local and national talent, with veteran Broadway performer Bernadette Peters joining the Conejo Symphony Orchestra for a black-tie gala. Although Peters has not yet signed a contract, her publicist said the acclaimed singer and actress fully intends to perform her eclectic solo show in Thousand Oaks' 1,800-seat auditorium Oct. 21 and 22. "She considers it booked," publicist Judy Katz said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2002
Good news for musical theater lovers: Coming next month from Angel Records is "Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein," an album with the Tony winner performing songs from such musicals as "The King and I" and "South Pacific."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1999 | CHIP CREWS, THE WASHINGTON POST
Bernadette Peters arrives alone at the chrome-fancy restaurant bar, her 5-foot-2 presence announced by the familiar bouquet of ringlets atop her head. Her expectant smile brightens considerably at the sight of a friend who's showed up to surprise her. Nothing in her manner suggests she's somebody special, but here on this island and in various other outposts of the civilized world, she is just that: perhaps the theater's most gifted diva of the last quarter-century.
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