By Megan Dekic
28 Feb 2014
Peters burst onto the Broadway scene with roles in George M! and On the Town, for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. In 1974 she starred opposite Robert Preston in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's Mack & Mabel. The musical told the story of the ill-fated love affair between silent film director Mack Sennett and his major discovery and star, Mabel Normand.
Mack & Mabel premiered on Broadway Oct. 6, 1974, at the Majestic Theatre. Critics found the book troublesome, but Peters and the cast were praised for their performances. "With the splashy Mack & Mabel," wrote Clive Barnes in his New York Times review, "wide-eyed, diminutive and contralto Bernadette Peters found herself as a major Broadway star."
The show received a total of eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and Peters received a Best Actress in a Musical nomination for her portrayal of Mabel Normand.Continued...