Album:Sondheim, Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall
Though she has appeared in movies and TV and there was even an attempt to turn her into a pop star back in the 80s, Bernadette Peters is primarily known for her long career on Broadway and especially her interpretation of the songs of Stephen Sondheim. Though Bernadette never appeared in the musical Follies until a 2011 revival, Broadway Baby is probably one of her signature songs. She was born Bernadette Lazzara Feb. 28, 1948 in Queen's, NY. She appeared on TV as a child and at age ten she became a professional actor as Bernadette Peters. The name change was to avoid ethnic stereotyping. She attended school while performing. It was while she was on a national tour of Gypsy that she met Marvin Laird and he has been her musical director ever since. She made her Broadway debut in 1967 in shows like George M!, Dames At Sea and La Strada. She got Tony nominations for On The Town in 1971 and Mack and Mabel in 1974. She moved to Los Angeles. Probably her best known movie roles were Silent Movie in 1976, The Jerk in 1979 and Pennies From Heaven in 1981. She also starred in the sitcom All's Fair with Richard Crenna. She also signed a record deal with MCA and her cover of Gee Whiz was a top 40 pop hit. She first recorded Broadway Baby on her 1981 album Now Playing. She returned to New York in 1982 and she has been appearing on Broadway ever since. Most notable were Sunday in the Park with George and Into The Woods. Both are Sondheim shows. This CD on Angel Records is Bernadette's 1995 Carnegie Hall debut. There is also a second CD from this concert. Bernadette continues to appear on Broadway usually in show revivals including Follies in 2011. She currently appears in the Amazon sitcom Mozart In The Jungle about the backstage wrangling at a New York symphony orchestra. I actually watch that show on Shomi in Canada. It's a very funny show and worth checking out. Here's Bernadette Peters performing Broadway Baby from Boston Pops On Broadway 1982.