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Broadway star Bernadette Peters booked for Florida Orchestra gala

Peters follows the likes of Sting and Seal playing with the orchestra.
Bernadette Peters is pictured at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2015. [CHARLES SYKES  |  AP]
Bernadette Peters is pictured at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2015. [CHARLES SYKES | AP]

After two years of pop stars headlining its annual gala, the Florida Orchestra is setting its sights on the Great White Way.

Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will sing with the orchestra at its annual gala on Feb. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

The actor and her longtime pianist and music director, Marvin Laird, will join Michael Francis and the orchestra to perform selections from her long Broadway career, including stints in Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George and one of her most recent lead roles, Hello Dolly!

Peters won Tonys for her roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance and a late-'90s revival of Annie Get Your Gun, as well as a third, honorary Tony for her charity work in 2012. She has also been nominated for Grammys, Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, winning once in 1981 for Pennies From Heaven.

Film and TV may, in fact, be where many fans most recognize Peters. She co-starred with Steve Martin in The Jerk, Clint Eastwood in Pink Cadillac and Mel Brooks in Silent Movie. And she has appeared in a wide array of TV shows, from The Muppet Show to Ally McBeal to Mozart in the Jungle.

Peters follows pop singers Sting, who headlined the orchestra’s premiere fundraising event two seasons ago, and Seal, who headlined this year’s gala in February.

RELATED: Review: Seal, Florida Orchestra serve up symphonic synergy in St. Petersburg

Tickets to the gala start at $75 and go on sale to orchestra subscribers and donors on Nov. 4, with a public on-sale date of Nov. 11. The orchestra is also offering a $150 preconcert party ticket featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music and more. Click here for details.

The orchestra kicks off its season this weekend with performances Sept. 27 in Tampa, Sept. 28 in St. Petersburg and Sept. 29 in Clearwater. Included on the program are Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3, Mason Bates’ Mothership and Ravel’s Bolero.

RELATED: 5 questions for Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra


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