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April 9, 2008

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Actress, Singer Bernadette Peters to Perform at UT Tyler


Actress, singer and comedienne Bernadette Peters will bring her one-woman musical production to The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 12, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

Sponsored by Frances and Bill Gibson and Tyler Morning Telegraph, this performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Gap Broadcasting and KETK 56 are media sponsors.

This performance is a part of the Braithwaite Performing Arts Program, which is jointly presented by the UT Tyler Cowan Center and East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association through a generous endowment to both organizations.

Tickets are $51, $41 and $36 and are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance.

To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

“If you love Broadway music, particularly that composed by Stephen Sondheim, then you must see Bernadette Peters. Backed by a 28-piece orchestra, she will perform some of the many Broadway numbers that made her famous. She is the Broadway darling of our time,” Thomae-Morphew said.

Her talent puts her at the top of the list of Broadway leading ladies, known not just for her beauty and acting but mainly for her powerful and unique voice, Thomae-Morphew added.

Twenty-six members of the ETSO will accompany Peters along with her music director and percussionist.

A two-time Tony-award winning actress, Peters has dazzled audiences on stage, television and in concert.

Peters’ CD, Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It), features never-before-released highlights from her historic 1996 solo debut at Carnegie Hall.

She is best-known for her work in the theatre having created memorable characters in such productions as “Sunday in the Park with George,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Gypsy,” in which she had a role as a teenager and returned later to play Momma Rose.

Motion picture credits include “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, “The Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds and “Annie” with Carol Burnett.

A native of Ozone Park, New York, Peters began her performing career at 3 with appearances on Juvenile Jury, the TV game show “Name That Tune” and “The Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour.”

She made her theatrical debut in “This is Goggle” directed by the legendary Otto Preminger. Still in her teens, she appeared in “The Most Happy Fella” and “The Penny Friend.”

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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