- Local Guide
INDIANA â€” Bernadette Peters performing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Friday is a special occasion in itself, but for this trip, Peters has some good news of her own.
Tuesday, it was announced that Peters â€” a star of stage, television, concert and recordings â€” has been chosen to receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award during the upcoming Tony Awards celebration in June.
But prior to that event, Peters will conclude the inaugural season of the Lively Artsâ€™ â€śOvations!â€ť series at 8 p.m. Friday at Fisher Auditorium of IUPâ€™s Performing Arts Center.
The concert â€” under the direction of Marvin Laird, with a 28-piece orchestra â€” is one in a long line of performances funded through the Helwig Dist-inguished Artist Endowment since the fund was created in 1988.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented during the 66th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing during a live CBS television broadcast Sunday, June 10, hosted by actor and singer Neil Patrick Harris.
As reported in Playbill.com, the Isabelle Stevenson Award recognizes an â€śindividual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theater.â€ť
Certainly, the Stevenson Award is not Petersâ€™ first Tony. She also received Tony nominations for her performances as Momma Rose in Sam Mendesâ€™ revival of â€śGypsy;â€ť for â€śThe Goodbye Girl;â€ť Stephen Sondheimâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical â€śSunday in the Park with George;â€ť the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, â€śMack and Mabel;â€ť and the Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical â€śOn The Town.â€ťÂ
In addition, Peters earned a Drama Desk nomination for her memorable portrayal of the witch in Sondheimâ€™s â€śInto the Woods.â€ť
Most recently, she appeared on Broadway in Sondheimâ€™s â€śFollies,â€ť which premiered at the Kennedy Center and moved to Broadway in September 2011 â€” thus, Petersâ€™ original IUP performance, which was set for Sept. 15, was moved to Friday.
Shortly after the New York run, she appeared in the role of Leigh on NBC-TVâ€™s new series, â€śSmash.â€ť
Prior to â€śFollies,â€ť Peters also appeared as Desiree Armfeldt in the Broadway revival of Sondheimâ€™s â€śA Little Night Music.â€ť
While Peters is best known for her work in the theater, her career also includes a list of television credits, including starring in Lifetime TVâ€™s â€śLiving Proofâ€ť and guest starring roles on ABC-TVâ€™s â€śGreyâ€™s Anatomyâ€ť and â€śUgly Betty.â€ťÂ
Peters has appeared in 17 films throughout her career and received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in â€śPennies From Heaven.â€ť
Her film credits include â€śThe Jerk,â€ť with Steve Martin; â€śThe Longest Yard,â€ť with Burt Reynolds; and â€śAnnieâ€ť with Carol Burnett. In addition, she starred in â€śPink Cadillacâ€ť with Clint Eastwood; â€śSlaves of New Yorkâ€ť with Mercedes Ruehl; Woody Allenâ€™s â€śAliceâ€ť with Mia Farrow; and â€śImpromptuâ€ť with Hugh Grant and Mandy Patinkin.
Most recently, she starred opposite Kirk and Michael Douglas in â€śIt Runs in the Family,â€ť and the soon-to-be- released independent film, â€śComing Up Roses.â€ť
Along with Mary Tyler Moore, Peters founded Broadway Barks as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals. She has also written two childrenâ€™s books to benefit the charity, â€śBroadway Barksâ€ť and â€śStella is a Star.â€ť
Additionally, Peters works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Standing Tall and Actors Fund of America.