January 8, 2012 |
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.
August 1, 2010 |
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.
July 20, 2008 |
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.
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September 28, 2005 |
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.
June 6, 2005 |
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.
May 2, 2003 |
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.