Peters to Star in New Sitcom Pilot
Written by Maya Cantu
Bernadette Peters is "going Hollywood" once again. The Broadway legend will play "Mrs. Leaf," in the pilot of Adopted, an ABC sitcom pitch produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV. The show centers around an adult who is torn between two quite dissimilar mothers. Peters, naturally, would play one of the mothers.
Peters, while a Broadway treasure, has also done her fair share of film and television work. Her film career encompasses roles in The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven (both of which were opposite ex-flame Steve Martin), Heartbeeps, John Huston's Annie (in which she played the "dumb hotel" Lily St. Regis), Slaves of New York, Pink Cadillac, Woody Allen's Alice, Impromptu and It Runs in the Family.
Peters was the Stepmother in the 1997 Disney remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the sorceress Circe in The Odyssey and Margo/Titania in 2001's Prince Charming. She was nominated for a 2001 Emmy award for her role on Ally McBeal. Peters was the voice of Rita the Cat on the mid-90s cartoon favorite Animaniacs, and other cartoon voiceover work includes Anastasia.
As a Broadway star, Peters' career is a long and illustrious one. A child performer, she found her breakout role in off-Broadway's Dames at Sea in 1968. Other Broadway credits include George M!, Mack and Mabel, Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods, The Goodbye Girl and the revivals of Annie Get Your Gun in 1999 and Gypsy in 2003. She has been nominated for a Tony award 5 times, and has won twice--for her role as hat-designer Emma in the first part of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, and as the title sharpshooter in Annie Get Your Gun.