Broadway legend Bernadette Peters talks to West End Wilma about her upcoming UK Tour
Bernadette Peters, the multiple Tony & Grammy Award winner and one of Broadway’s brightest stars will embark on a three city UK tour in June.
Most recently on Broadway, she starred in A Bed and A Chair: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis. Prior to that she starred in Follies, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, Into the Woods, Song and Dance, Sunday in the Park with George, among others.
Her television & film credits are nothing to overlook, she has earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for many of her projects including, Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Pennies from Heaven, The Jerk, The Longest Yard, Annie, Pink Cadillac, It Runs in the Family and most recently, Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle which garnered the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Comedy or Musical series.
I sat down with Bernadette for a cup of tea and a natter about the upcoming tour.
We are very excited that you are coming to the UK in June to perform concerts in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. What can fans expect from your show if they come to see it? Will there be any surprises and how will it differ from your previous shows?
I’m so excited to be back in the UK performing! I’ve performed in more shows on Broadway since I was here last and have incorporated them into my concerts. I’ll be singing selections from Follies and A Little Night Music and other shows I’ve appeared in, but basically I’m here to entertain… and that could be in a dramatic way or funny way.
London has many shows that haven’t made their way over to Broadway yet. Do you have a list of shows you would like to see whilst you are over here and what are some of your current favourite Broadway shows that haven’t hit the UK yet?
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have time to see any shows while I’m there… I’m in London 3rd June, Manchester 5th June and Edinburgh 7th June and then I go back to the States to film my TV series, Mozart in the Jungle. As far as shows I’ve seen in the States go, I loved The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher. I hope it goes to the UK!
You have played some of the most iconic female theatre roles ever created. Are there any theatre roles left out there that you would still love to play?
I think I’ve been fortunate to have played some of the most fantastic musical roles. Maybe I’ll do some plays next! Although, I love expressing myself through music.
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what male theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
I think ‘George’ in Sunday in the Park with George is a tremendous male role.
In the UK we are very much into promoting good behaviour when at the theatre but there are often things that happen that annoy and distract us like the use of mobile phones, cameras and talking during a performance. What are your pet peeves when performing on a stage or as a member of the audience?
Once in a while I see a person follow along reading a programme to see what’s going to happen next or what song is coming up – that’s too bad because it’s all supposed to happen in front of you; it’s supposed to take you on a journey. Give the show a chance!
What are your plans for after your UK dates? Do you have anything exciting coming up that you can tell us about?
As you now know (above), after the UK I start shooting my Amazon Prime TV series, Mozart in the Jungle. I’m looking forward to it as I love the show, I love the writing and I LOVE the rest of the cast. Malcolm McDowell and Saffron Burrows who also star in the show are both your countrymen from the UK! I highly recommend it, if you haven’t seen it yet. You won’t be able to turn it off!
Thanks for having Tea with Wilma
See Bernadette Peters live:
Royal Festival Hall, London – 3 June 2016
Manchester Opera House, Manchester – 5 June 2016
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh – 7 June 2016
Bernadette Peters is presented in the UK by Neil Eckersley, with musical direction by Marvin Laird, sound design by Tom Sorce and lighting design by Lenny Cowles.
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Performance Shot – Photo Credit: Kurt Sneddon