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Bernadette Peters: From NY's Broadway To KC's 16th & Broadway

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She's won Tony Awards. She's won Drama Desk Awards. She's starred on TV, on CD, in concert and in the movies with Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Steve Martin.

Bernadette Peters is one of Broadway's brightest stars, and she performs at the Kauffman Center this weekend.

Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Song and Dance" and also for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, the revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Bernadette Peters about her career and her upcoming concert.

HEAR MORE: Bernadette Peters performs with musicians of the Kansas City Symphony on Saturday August 18 at 7:30 at the Kauffman Center's Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Click here for more information.

Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert and on recordings. One of Broadway’s brightest stars, Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Song and Dance.” Peters earned her second Tony Award, her third Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, the smash Tony Award winning hit Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Peters also received Tony nominations for her work in the 1992 musical “The Goodbye Girl” and Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Sunday in the Park With George.” Recently, Peters guest starred on NBC’s new hit series “SMASH.” She has appeared in the Lifetime movie, “Living Proof“ opposite Harry Connick, Jr.; a guest starring role in the two-hour 2008 season premiere of the ABC-TV hit series, Grey’s Anatomy, and a recurring role on the popular TV hit, “Ugly Betty." A performer of amazing versatility, Peters has lit up the silver screen in seventeen films throughout her career. Film credits include “The Jerk“ with Steve Martin, “The Longest Yard“ with Burn Reynolds, “Silent Movie“ with Mel Brooks, “ Annie“ with Carol Burnett, and “Pink Cadillac“ with Clint Eastwood.

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.