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Why Bernadette Peters decided the show will go on in Charlotte, despite HB2

May 6, 2016

Broadway diva Bernadette Peters returns to Charlotte Saturday with the Charlotte Symphony.Broadway star Bernadette Peters nearly canceled her upcoming appearance in Charlotte over House Bill 2.

Booked for a return engagement Saturday with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Peters said she and her crew were heartsick over the passage of the controversial new law.

In part, it eliminated a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use a bathroom based on their gender identity. The new law also nullified local ordinances around the state that would have expanded legal protections for the LGBT community.
Performers from Bruce Springsteen to Ringo Starr have canceled shows in North Carolina in protest, while others, like Duran Duran, performed and protested.