TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS BERNADETTE PETERS TAPPED TO
VOICE “GLINDA” IN SUMMERTIME ENTERTAINMENT’S “DOROTHY OF OZ”
LOS ANGELES (May 30, 2012) – With an illustrious career spanning stage, film and television, Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters’ voice will be heard in Summertime Entertainment’s 3D CG animated feature, DOROTHY OF OZ as “Glinda,” the powerful sorceress who once granted Dorothy Gale’s wish to go back to Kansas.
“To have Bernadette Peters as ‘Glinda’ is such a treat,” said Will Finn, one of the film’s directors. “She epitomizes the character who is known by Oz fans worldwide to have a very caring and generous heart.”
Peters agreed: “‘Glinda’ and I have the same heart and soul,’” she said during a recent EPK shoot in Los Angeles. She even joked, “Her hair has a mind of its own like mine!” Peters will sing a duet on the film’s soundtrack with “Glee’s” Lea Michele who stars as “Dorothy.” Peters recently guest starred in NBC’s hit series “Smash,” as the mother of Megan Hilty, the show’s co-star as well as the film’s “China Princess.” Hilty, who is no stranger to Oz, also played “Glinda” on Broadway’s “Wicked.”
Peters has won numerous accolades including two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Song and Dance.” She earned her second Tony Award for her performance in “Annie Get You’re Gun.”
Her career also boasts an impressive list of television credits including, guest starring roles on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty,” and also starred in Lifetime TV’s “Living Proof.” Peters has lit up the silver screen in 17 films throughout her distinguished career. Among her film credits are: “The Jerk,” “Annie,” “The Longest Yard,” “Silent Movie,” “Pink Cadillac,” “Slaves of New York,” Woody Allen’s “Alice,” “Impromptu,” “It Runs in the Family,” and the soon to be released film, “Coming Up Roses.” Peters has recorded six solo albums including the Grammy- nominated “Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein,” “Sondheim,” “Etc: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall” and “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” in addition to numerous Original Broadway Cast recordings.
DOROTHY OF OZ is a 3D CG animated feature produced by Summertime Entertainment. The film stars Lea Michele (Dorothy), Martin Short (The Jester), Jim Belushi (Lion), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), Kelsey Grammer (Tin Man), Megan Hilty (China Princess), Hugh Dancy (Marshal Mallow), Oliver Platt (Wiser the Owl), and Patrick Stewart (Tugg). The film begins where one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, ends, and continues Dorothy’s journey via the further adventure books written by Baum’s great-grandson, Roger Stanton Baum.
For more information, visit www.dorothyofoz.com
About Summertime Entertainment:
Founded by the Carroll Brothers (Ryan and Roland), Summertime Entertainment is a multi-media company specializing in family-friendly entertainment for film, television, digital, mobile, and other trans-media platforms. Currently, Summertime Entertainment is in production on a new franchise of epic proportions — the re-vitalization of the indelible and beloved Oz world originally created by L. Frank Baum and carried on through the creative mind of his great grandson Roger Stanton Baum. Through various forms of digital worlds, online communities and a brand new stereoscopic, 3D-animated feature film, Oz will soon be brought back to life in literally new dimensions, for a whole new generation to love and cherish.