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David Christmas and Bernadette Peters in 'Dames at Sea'. Photo by Lee and Patrick Owens. May be copyrighted by Sony.hrough out her teen years Bernadette concentrated mostly on school and friends. She was in a few shows during her teens including "The Most Happy Fella" (1959), "The Penny Friend" (1966) and "The Girl In The Freudian Slip" (1967), but her involvement with the touring company of "Gypsy" (1961) has an interesting side-note. Bernadette's resume states she played Dainty June, whom she actually just understudied for. Whenever you see Bernadette in concert and she starts singing songs from Gypsy she'll usually acknowledge the "Dainty June Resume Padding" incident. Later in her teens she realized that musical theatre was the direction she wanted to head in and her performing switched from more of a hobby to a professional career. At 19 Bernadette made her Broadway debut in "Johnny No-Trump". A year later she garnered a Theatre World citation in the Broadway show "George M!" (1968) with Joel Grey and later won her first Drama Desk Award for her off-broadway performance in "Dames At Sea" (1968) a spoof of musicals from the depression era.

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