Three-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will headline the Guthrie’s black-tie gala next June, the theater has announced.
A Broadway favorite perhaps best known for her interpretations of Stephen Sondheim’s work, Peters will perform before the opening of Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” staged by Guthrie artistic director Joe Haj.
She is not in the production. Peters originated the role of Dot, a mistress, model and muse in the musical inspired by Georges Seurat’s famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."
Her last Twin Cities appearance was at the Ordway Center in spring 2015. She also performed at Orchestra Hall six years ago. Theater officials are happy about the glitz and glamor that she will bring.
“We’re not about plucking huge names as a rule but to have a splashy Broadway star like Bernadette do this interlude — that was too perfect for the occasion,” said Danielle St. Germain-Gordon, the Guthrie’s director of development.
The funds from the Guthrie’s gala, La Grande Jatte Soirée," underwrite the theater's community engagement and educational programming. The theater serves every ninth-grader in Minneapolis' public schools. Tickets to the fundraiser, which takes place June 23, range from $500-$1250, and can be purchased by calling 612-225-6160 or online.