Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS has announced the exciting news that Broadway star, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner, and long-time BC/EFA friend and Trustee Bernadette Peters will perform a special one night only concert "Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares" on Monday, November 9 at 8 PM at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway). This event is produced by BC/EFA with proceeds benefiting Broadway Barks and BC/EFA.
Peters will be joined by stage and screen icon Mary Tyler Moore, who will be a special guest for the evening as the narrator for the Into The Woods segment. Peters will, naturally, be singing the role of the Witch, which she created on Broadway in the Sondheim/Lapin classic.
In addition to this, Peters will feature material from her Broadway career and recordings, as well as popular songs and personal favorites and will include selections by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman among them. This special concert is sure to be a sterling evening, as only Bernadette Peters can do. The evening will directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Marvin Laird.
Says Peters, "I love to sing. When the opportunity came along to do a concert to benefit two of my passions, Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, it was a match made in heaven. I have always been devoted to helpless shelter animals, especially those mixed breed pups that need a forever home. And, as a member of the Broadway community, I have seen friends and colleagues face some of life's roughest challenges. On November 9, all of this will come together at the Minskoff Theatre with a special concert for both of these organizations that I care so deeply about."
"It will be a beautiful evening: you, me, and a 30 piece orchestra - all sharing to benefit some of our best two-legged and four-legged friends - beauties all of them."
Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with herperformances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. One of Broadway's most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette has won numerous accolades including two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Mary Tyler Moore, who co-founded Broadway Barks with Peters, has been involved on Broadway in Sweet Sue (Performer), Safe Sex (Producer), Benefactors (Producer), Joe Egg (Producer), The Octette Bridge Club (Producer), Noises Off (Producer), and Whose Line Is It Anyway (Performer). On screen, Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. She also appeared in a number of films, most notably 1980's Ordinary People for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Moore has also been active in charity work and various political causes, particularly on behalf of Animal rights and Diabetes mellitus type 1.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Barks, the annual star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon, came about as a result of Bernadette Peters' and Mary Tyler Moore's passion for animals. This year's Broadway Barks attracted an audience of more than 7,000 theater fans, pet owners, and animal lovers, and featured the participation of more than 27 animal shelters from the New York City area, as well as Broadway stars from the hit shows of the season, ending in a total of over 140 adoptions.