Broadway icon Bernadette Peters is performing in Burnaby this weekend

Peters has stepped in to perform with the VSO in a free concert at Deer Lake after Queen Latifah was forced to cancel

Heads-up, VSO-goers, Queen Latifah won’t be in Burnaby this weekend after all – but don’t worry, Deer Lake won’t be short of star power.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra just announced that stage and screen star Bernadette Peters will step in to perform at the free outdoor concert at Deer Lake this Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m.

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Queen Latifah, who was previously announced as the guest artist, was forced to withdraw on short notice due to strep throat, according to a press release.

Peters, whose career spans film, Broadway and TV roles, was in Vancouver for a successful performance with the orchestra at the Orpheum on Thursday night. When the news came that Queen Latifah wouldn’t be able to perform, Peters accepted the VSO’s invitation to extend her visit and perform the Saturday concert as well.

“Bernadette Peters is a legend,” said music director Otto Tausk in a press release. “It’s going to be a dream to share the stage with her in Deer Lake. She has so much presence, charisma and artistry. We are so lucky that she is able to join us for the concert tomorrow night.”

Peters will perform some of her favourite songs from throughout her career, including Send in the Clowns, No One is Alone, Losing my Mind and more. Her longtime musical director, Marvin Laird, will lead the VSO.

Tausk and the orchestra will open the concert with selections from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town and West Side Story.

The performance is at 8 p.m. on the lawn at Deer Lake Park, and admission is free.

See www.vancouversymphony.ca for details.

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