The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Bernadette Peters

By Megan Dekic
28 Feb 2014

In 2003 Peters took on yet another iconic role: Mama Rose in the Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy. Also featured in the cast were Tammy Blanchard as Louise and John Dossett as Herbie. Directed by Sam Mendes, the production opened May 1, 2003, at the Shubert Theatre.

Peters earned accolades for her portrayal of Rose, a role largely associated with its originator Ethel Merman. The New York Times' Ben Brantley wrote: "Ms. Peters has created the most complex and compelling portrait of her long career, and she has done this in ways that deviate radically from the Merman blueprint."

The production ran for 451 performances and Peters received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her work.

Read the Gypsy Playbill here.