KURT PETERSON began his Broadway career when Leonard Bernstein and Richard Rodgers chose him to play Tony in the revival of West Side Story at Lincoln Center. He then starred opposite Angela Lansbury in Dear World and created the role of Young Ben in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Off-Broadway, Kurt starred in Dames at Sea, By Bernstein, and Alias Jimmy Valentine, and appeared in the Town Hall productions of Knickerbocker Holiday, Music in the Air and I Married an Angel. Kurt sang “Proud Lady” to Patti LuPone when he starred opposite her in the Broadway-bound The Baker’s Wife. He also starred in the highly acclaimed Canadian premiere of Company and Rob Marshall’s production of Side By Side By Sondheim. Kurt was featured in the 75th birthday celebrations Wall to Wall Sondheim and Children & Art honoring Stephen Sondheim and has performed as a leading man in many productions and concerts around the country (including the one of a kind Follies concert in Michigan, where the four original youngsters played their older counterparts) and in Europe. His most recent New York stage appearance was with his long time co-star Victoria Mallory in When Everything Was Possible, their acclaimed "Concert (with comments)" which debuted at New York's City Center on April 29, 2012.
Kurt and his company, James William Productions (JWP), produced the acclaimed Sondheim—A Musical Tribute, the first celebration of the composer/lyricist; helped launch the New York and London productions of Angela Lansbury’s Gypsy; produced the live tours of WPIX-TV’s classic children’s show “The Magic Garden”; and the National Tour of Rob Marshall’s innovative Side By Side By Sondheim. Recent projects include co-producing the New York productions and National Tour of the Stephen Schwartz family musical Captain Louie; the Off-Broadway production of the play Capture Now, directed by Larry Moss; and the BC/EFA benefit Alone At Last, featuring the music of Ian Herman. JWP is currently represented by the Helen Hayes and Drama Desk Award winning play Zero Hour, about theater legend Zero Mostel, recently remounted in New York and now touring the U.S. and Canada, the live recording of When Everything Was Possible, Proud Ladies (fall 2017), and the new musical Dancing on the Moon (2018). Kurt is the owner of New York City’s The Voice Studio, home to many of Broadway’s greatest teachers and performers.