Bernadette Peters

to highlight Orpheum's 90th anniversary celebratio

STORY BY Kristin Baker

To celebrate the Orpheum Theater's 90th anniversary, Orpheum Director Jennifer Wright wanted to bring in a celebrity with clout.

Wright is thrilled the Orpheum was able to secure a special 90th anniversary concert featuring Tony award-winning actress Bernadette Peters with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place at the theater at 8 p.m. on Aug. 25.

"We think (Peters) is the perfect person to help us celebrate," Wright said.

Throughout Peters career, she has performed on stage and on television, in concert and through recordings. One of Broadway's brightest stars, Peters has received seven Tony nominations throughout her illustrious career, most recently in 2003 for her portrayal of Momma Rose in "Gypsy." She has won two Tony awards for her performances in "Annie Get Your Gun" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Song and Dance."

Peters television credits are numerous and range from "The Muppet Show" to "Ally McBeal." She has appeared in 17 films during her career, winning a Golden Globe Award for her performance in "Pennies From Heaven"

Peters has taken part in several Grammy-winning Broadway cast albums and has recorded six albums of her own.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra has been an arts staple in Wichita since 1944. Conducted by Daniel Hege, the Symphony Orchestra's mission is to provide Kansas with the highest quality musical presentations for as wide a variety of audiences as possible.

The Orpheum has a rich history in the city, beginning with its opening in 1922. The 90th anniversary gala will commemorate the contributions the theater has made to the city.

"I hope the people of Wichita realize the importance of the Orpheum to the city's history," Wright said.

Bernadette Peters in concert with Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Where: The historice Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway in Wichita

When: 8 p.m., Aug. 25

Why: To celebrate the Orpheum's 90th anniversary

How much: Tickets start at $79

To get tickets to the Orpheum Theater'90th Anniversary concert, visit

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