The Adelaide Festival Centre is pleased to announce musical theatre legend Bernadette Peters will open the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, performing in the Festival Theatre on 6 and 7 June.
 
Bernadette Peters is the first artist to be announced from what promises to be an exciting program in 2009 under the new Artistic Directorship of David Campbell.
 
Adelaide Festival Centre’s CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier said, “We are delighted to have an artist of such a high calibre as Bernadette Peters to open the 2009 Festival and I am sure our Cabaret audience will be impressed with the rest of what David has in store for next year’s program.”
 
Having been immersed in the New York cabaret scene for a number of years, David saw Bernadette as a natural choice when looking for a headline act for the 2009 festival. "Bernadette Peters is a star! Her wit, charm, intelligence and exquisite voice have made her arguably the finest interpreter of the Broadway songbook that has ever been. For her to perform exclusively at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in my inaugural year is truly the greatest honour," David said.
 
Bernadette Peters is among the crème de la crème of live stage performers and a Tony Award-winning star on New York’s Broadway scene. Throughout her illustrious career, she has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, television, in concert and recordings. Peters made her Broadway debut in 1967 and went on to star in a number of smash hit productions becoming one of the most sought-after stars in musical theatre.  Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Song and Dance. In 1999 Peters earned her second Tony Award, her third Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in the smash hit Broadway revival of Annie Get your Gun.  Peters has also received Tony nominations for her work on the shows The Goodbye Girl, Sunday In The Park With George, Mack and Mabel, On The Town and in 2003 received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes’ record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy, plus a Drama Desk nomination for her memorable portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
 
While Peters is best known for her work in theatre, her career boasts an impressive list of television credits, which include a number of Emmy nominations for her performances.  Peters has recorded original title songs for feature films and been the voice of a number of animated characters including “Sophie” in the feature film Anastasia.  A performer of amazing versatility, Peters has lit up the silver screen in 17 films and received a Golden Globe Award for her memorable performance in Pennies from Heaven and has her shining star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to numerous Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast albums, Peters has recorded six solo albums and received numerous accolades throughout her career, including being the youngest person to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
 
“As an actress, singer, comedienne and all-round warming presence, Bernadette Peters has no peer in the music theatre right now.”
New York Times

“Arguably the most talented comedienne in the musical theatre today, Peters manages to extract a laugh from most every line she delivers.” Playbill

“Like very few others, she sings and acts at the same time…Most performers act and then sing, act and then sing…Bernadette is flawless as far as I’m concerned.  I can’t think of anything negative.” Stephen Sondheim
 
The 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will run from 5 – 20 June, with the full program announced in April, 2009.
 

Bernadette Peters

Venue: Festival Theatre
When: 6 & 7 June, 8pm
Cost: Premium $90 Adult $80 / $70 / $55, Concession $75 / $65 / $55
Groups Premium $85 Adult $75 / $65 / $50 (6 or more tickets)
Bookings: BASS on 131 246 or online at www.bass.net.au
 
For further information log on to: www.bernadettepeters.com .

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