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posted: 12/27/2012 at 7:37:06 AM ET
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From Ft Worth Star-Telegram article:

On ''Smash'':
"So far, Peters has filmed five episodes in the second season...In the second season of Smash, she'll sing two new songs written for her by songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ( Hairspray)."

On ''Dorothy of Oz'':
"Next on the big screen, she'll voice the role of Glinda in the animated film Dorothy of Oz, a sequel to The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy (Lea Michele) returns to Oz to save the land from the Wicked Witch of the West's brother, voiced by Martin Short."

On Broadway:
"..there's nothing pinned down, despite those rumors a few years ago about a revival of the Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones musical I Do! I Do!, again pairing Peters with Short." "Broadway is a big undertaking; it's a big commitment," Peters says. "I always wait until it's irresistible and then I have to do it. The show has to be something that appeals to me, something that helps me emotionally grow, the way Follies did. It took me to interesting places and I grew as a creative artist."

Ft. Worth article and interview, Dec 26, 2012

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posted: 12/30/2012 at 8:34:52 AM ET
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Another article/interview, [excerpts]:

"Before joining her family at her niece's house on Christmas Eve, she took time to talk with TheaterJones about the upcoming concert, Smash, and of course, dogs.

Q: What's it like for you appearing with a symphony orchestra?

A:Well, Bass Hall is just amazing! It's so beautiful, my sound guy just loves it. It's gorgeous. It's like singing in a church.

Q: Do you draw from Mama Rose at all to play that character?

A:I use some of Mama Rose, yes. I mean, I must. But Mama never really got to express her love. I also played a mom in a movie who was a performer and who is bipolar. Of the three moms, I think Lee is probably the most well-adjusted.

Q: What was your relationship like with your mom?

A:My mother was a bit driven for us. She wanted to be an actress, but her mother wouldn't let her. I couldn't wait to get out of Queens, and that's not saying anything bad about Queens, it's a lovely place. I just wanted more, and she showed me the possibilities. Life is a journey, and it begins there, with the possibilities.

Q: How is your charity, Broadway Barks!, doing?

A:I was really hoping you would ask me about that! We just started a new program called "Braille Tails," where we take pit bulls to schools for the blind as therapy dogs, and we also had my books put into Braille and send them to schools for the blind across the country. I found out that 90 percent of the blind can't read. I had to ask if that statistic is correct. But 90 percent can't read because there aren't enough books in Braille or enough teachers to teach Braille. It's terrible, just terrible. So, we started Braille Tales. Also, with Mainline Rescue in New York City, they auctioned off the opportunity to meet me at the city shelter, and we would have dogs and cats available for adoption. I told them I would do it as many times as they wanted. They auctioned it off three times to raise money for the shelter, and we've had 36 animals adopted through it.

Q: Did you get involved with displaced pets after Hurricane Sandy?

A:Yes, we did! One of our workers drove a truck with dog food and kitty litter to all of the drop-off points where people affected by the storm could pick up things.

Q: Out of all of your many Broadway roles, which one stands out for you?

A:I learn so much every time I play a role. I love to say that my favorite is the one I'm doing at the time, but two really stand out for me. Mama Rose in Gypsy, of course. She is so deep, plus she has great songs, and it's just a great show. But also Desiree in A Little Night Music. I didn't know much about that role, and she has only the one song, "Send in the Clowns." But I learned so much about her through that one song. It's a wonderful, fun role. When I got to the song, it all made so much sense. Doing that role was a great gift.

Q: What's next for you?

A:A little rest, I hope. Smash got pushed back because of the hurricane, so I just finished it on Friday night (Dec. 21). So I just finished my Christmas shopping over the weekend. Then, I come to Texas, then back to Smash. So concerts and Smash, and that's just fine."

theatrejones article, Dec 30, 2012

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posted: 12/31/2012 at 5:45:44 AM ET
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Many thanks for posting yet another great interview. You have been great all year keeping us all uptodate - You deserve a nice rest, just like Bernadette.

Thanks again

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