The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Bernadette Peters

By Megan Dekic
28 Feb 2014



The following year Peters starred in Song and Dance, a musical whose first act is told in a one-woman song cycle and whose second act is told through dance. Peters starred as Emma, an aspiring English hat designer who moves to New York.

Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the production opened Sept. 18, 1985, at the Royale Theatre. Critics were not overly warm to the unconventional musical. The New York Times' Frank Rich commended the talented cast and praised Peters for her "vocal virtuosity" and "husky-toned charm," but he was quick to point out that "empty material remains empty, no matter how talented those who perform it."

The show received eight Tony nominations, with Peters taking home the award for Best Actress in a Musical. Song and Dance closed Nov. 8, 1986, following 474 performances. Betty Buckley replaced Peters in the show's final weeks.

Read the Song and Dance Playbill here.

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