Yesterday, May 24, New Dramatists
honored two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters
with their 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 63rd Annual Spring Luncheon tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis. Among those who offered tributes were Emmy Award-winner Mary Tyler Moore
, Peters' Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music co-star Elaine Stritch
, and New Dramatists
Artistic Director Todd London
. Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey
and Peters' Tony-nominated Gypsy co-star John Dossett
offered musical tributes. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you photo coverage below!
Each year, New Dramatists salutes an individual who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the American theatre. Having starred on Broadway in the acclaimed Kennedy Center production of Follies earlier this season, Bernadette Peters is the recipient of two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards and three Emmy nominations. She received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Song and Dance and a second Tony Award for Annie Get Your Gun. She received Tony nominations for Gypsy, The Goodbye Girl, Sunday in the Park With George, Mack & Mabel and On the Town. She also earned a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Into the Woods. Her TV credits include, most recently, the Lifetime movie "Living Proof" and guest-starring roles on ABC-TV's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty." Among her 18 film credits are Pennies From Heaven (Golden Globe Award), The Jerk, The Longest Yard, Silent Movie, Annie, Pink Cadillac, Slaves of New York, Alice, Impromptu, It Runs in the Family and the soon-to-be-released Coming Up Roses. In addition to numerous original Broadway cast recordings, Ms. Peters has recorded six solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein; Sondheim, Etc., Etc.; Sondheim Etc.; Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall; and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. Ms. Peters devotes her time and talents to efforts that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and her "pet project" is Broadway Barks, an annual, star-studded dog adoption event she founded with friend Mary Tyler Moore, benefiting animal shelters throughout the New York City area. She added author and songwriter to her roster of achievements with her debut children's book, a New York Times best seller, Broadway Barks, and the just-released Stella Is a Star.
Past luncheon honorees have included Roger Berlind, Julie Taymor, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Harvey Fierstein, Chita Rivera, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, Jerry Herman, Terrence McNally, Barbara Cook, John Kander & Fred Ebb, August Wilson, George C. Wolfe and Gwen Verdon.
New Dramatists are dedicated to giving playwrights time and space in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre. For more on New Dramatists, visit www.newdramatists.org.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.
The New Dramatists 63rd Annual Spring Luncheon Honor Bernadette Peters
Jamie de Roy & Tony Lo Bianco
Leroy Reems & Jim Dale
Marsha Norman & Nilo Cruz
Melissa van Der Schyff
David Hyde Pierce
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Jon Robin Baitz
Bernadette Peters & Joel Grey
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & Bernadette Peters
Rick Elice, Bernadette Peters & Roger Rees
Tracie Bennett & Bernadette Peters
Condola Rashad & Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters & Michael Urie
Judith Light, Bernadette Peters & Michael Urie
Joe DiPietro, Bernadette Peters, Melissa van Der Schyff & John Weidman
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Bernadette Peters & Frank Wood
Bernadette Peters, Frank Wood & Pam MacKinnon
Jon Robin Baitz & Judith Light
David Hyde Pierce & Michael McGrath
Todd London & Laura Osnes