Love, Loss and What I Wore Announces Fall Cast
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TICHINA ARNOLD, BARBARA FELDON, KATE FLANNERY,
JUDY GOLD, ALICIA GORANSON, LORETTA SWIT
AND MANY MORE
JOIN UPCOMING CASTS OF
“LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE”
IN NEW YORK
New York, NY (9/20/2010) – Producer Daryl Roth announced today that Tichina Arnold, Sabrina Le Beauf, Didi Conn, Barbara Feldon, Kate Flannery, Judy Gold, Alicia Goranson, Aisha De Haas, Ashley Austin Morris, Loretta Swit and Maria Tucci will join upcoming casts of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43 Street, NYC).
Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”), Aisha de Haas (Caroline, Or Change) and Ashley Austin Morris (Die Mommie Die; Love Loss’ July cast) will join the October cast (October 6 – October 31), along with previously announced cast member Tovah Feldshuh (Irena’s Vow). Morris will begin performances two weeks early, on September 21, replacing Jamie-Lynn Sigler. A fifth October cast member will be announced shortly.
Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”), former “Rosanne” star Alicia Goranson and Tony-nominee Maria Tucci (who most recently appeared on Broadway in Mary Stuart) will appear in the November cast (November 3 – December 5). Additional November cast members will be announced shortly.
Former cast members Judy Gold and Didi Conn will return this winter to join future casts of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, along with new cast members including Sabrina Le Beauf (“The Cosby Show”), Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”) as the show enters its second smash year.
Loss, and What I Wore opened in October 2009 and has been playing to sold-out houses at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street), where it’s broken all box office records and will soon celebrate its one-year anniversary. Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the popular book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.
The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audience Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in four-week cycles. Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Haylie Duff, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more.
The performance schedule for Love, Loss, and What I Wore is as follows: Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($79.00) are available via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street). Same-day general rush tickets ($25.00, cash only) are available at the Westside Theatre box office, beginning at noon. (Limited to two rush tickets per person. Seats are based on availability; some are limited view.)
A portion of the production’s proceeds benefit Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. Audience members are invited to donate their gently-used purses and other accessories in the theatre lobby. In addition to its triumphant run at the Westside Theatre in NYC, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is also currently playing at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse and in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre.
Tichina Arnold is best known for her roles in “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Martin” (NAACP Image Awards for both shows). Other TV includes: “Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law & Order,” “The Norm Show” and “One on One.” Film: Big Momma's House, Civil Brand, Dancing in September, Scenes from a Mall, The Little Shop of Horrors, Wild Hogs, Transformers 2 and Snowflake. Regional Theatre: The Me Nobody Knows, Hair, Romance and Hard Times and Haggadah.
Sabrina Le Beauf. Off Broadway: Olga in Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Liza in Eve-Olution (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre, Washington D.C, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, San Diego Rep., San Jose Rep., Yale Rep. International: Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival. Other: Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab., Chautauqua Theatre Institute. Television includes Sondra on “The Cosby Show,” Norma Bindlebeep on “Fatherhood.”
Didi Conn. Broadway: Lost In Yonkers; Say Goodnight, Gracie!; The Green Bird; A Christmas Carol. Off Broadway: Souls Of Naples; The Vagina Monologues; The Primary English Class. Films: Frenchy in Grease and Grease 2, You Light Up My Life, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Shooting Vegetarians, Helen At Risk, Oh Baby! and more. TV: “The Practice” with Danny Thomas, “Benson,” “Shining Time Station.” National celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks and co-creator and executive producer of the new animated musical, Didi Lightful, with her husband, composer David Shire.
Barbara Feldon is best known as “99,” the secret Agent on the TV series, “Get Smart.” During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, including the Michael Richie film Smile. On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings. Barbara enjoys lecturing on issues concerning women and is a supporter of Girls Inc., an organization created to help underprivileged girls develop options. The audio version of her book of essays Living Alone — and Loving It!, along with other essays can be downloaded from BarbaraFeldon.com.
Kate Flannery plays Meredith Palmer on NBC's, “The Office.” She’s grateful to be back in NYC, where she played Neely O’Hara at the Circle in the Square in Valley Of The Dolls, Alice in the Real Live Brady Bunch at the Village Gate, Kennedy Center and 30 cities. She recently played Harper’s mom on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and her comedy lounge act, The Lampshades plays Hollywood regularly (thelampshades.com). Kate thanks her Chris for all his support.
Judy Gold is an Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, best known as the star of the Off-Broadway hit 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Award, Drama Desk Nomination). TV: Tru TV’s “The Smoking Gun,” HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold,” “Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold”, “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order,” and many more. Her newest show, It’s Jewdy’s Show!, was produced as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2010 summer season. CD: “Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby.” www.JudyGold.com.
Alicia Goranson. NY Theater: The Poor Itch (The Public), The Fourth Sister (The Vineyard), An Adult Evening Of Shel Silverstien (The Atlantic), Good Thing (The New Group), Cat’s Paw (Soho Rep), Lydie Breeze, The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (NYTW), Defying Gravity (American Place). Regional Theater: The Guys (The Lakeshore, Chicago), King Lear (NJ Shakespeare Fest), Iphigenia and Other Daughters(Portland Stage Co.). Film: The Extra Man, Love, Ludlow, Death 4 Told, Boys Don’t Cry, How To Make An American Quilt. TV: “Fringe,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sex and The City,” “Roseanne.”
Aisha de Haas was most recently seen in Road Show at the Public Theater. Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Caroline Or Change, Rent, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. TV includes “Law And Order,” “L&O: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “Ed,” “The Today Show” and she can be seen in the movies Across The Universe, Rent, The Secret Lives Of Dentists and Marci X. She has toured the U.S. and Europe in Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop Of Horrors and as a backing vocalist for Oleta Adams. Other appearances include Birdland Jazz Club, The York Theater, The Goodman Theater, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall, Town Hall and several performances with the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Ashley Austin Morris is a recent graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ashley made her Off Broadway debut in Die Mommie Die playing Edith. Other Off Broadway credits include: Tony Glazer’s In The Daylight; Paper Dolls; Bees and 5 Clowns. TV: “The Electric Company,” “Ugly Betty,” “Gravity,” “Who You Know” (pilot), “Save the Date” (pilot/webseries). Film: Be Good Daniel. Her most recent work includes “I Just Want My Pants Back” (MTV Pilot) and the action movie Premium Rush staring Joseph Gordon Levitt, directed by David Koepp (2012 release).
Loretta Swit is best known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan on TV’s “MASH,” for which she won two Emmys and was nominated for eight others. Broadway: Same Time, Next Year and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Tours include: 42nd Street, Doubt, Any Wednesday, Mame and she has appeared in The Vagina Monologues in NYC, Chicago and London. Loretta has starred in more than 25 TV movies and numerous TV musical specials. Films include: Stand Up and Be Counted, Freebie and the Bean, Race with the Devil, Beer, S.O.B., and many more. Loretta’s wildlife series, “Those Incredible Animals,” ran for five years on the Animal Planet. She is the 1st Vice President of Actors and Others for Animals and has been named Woman of the Year by both the Animal Protection Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Maria Tucci began her career in the original production of Tennessee William’s The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Her appearances on and Off Broadway include The Rose Tattoo (Tony Nomination), A Man For All Seasons, Requiem For A Heavyweight (Tony Award nomination), Athol Fugard's A Lesson From Aloes, Spokesong, Kingdoms, The Shadow Box, Mike Nichols' production of The Little Foxes, Mary Stuart and Drinks Before Dinner, Marking, The Stendhal Syndrome at Primary Stages, The Substance Of Fire at Playwrights Horizon and at Lincoln Center Theatre, Collected Stories at Manhattan Theatre Club, Between East And West and Fugard's Hello And Goodbye at the McCarter Theatre. TV: Eugene O'Neill's “Beyond The Horizon,” “Concealed Enemies,” the television series “Tattingers” and “Law And Order.” Films: Daniel, Sweet Nothing and To Die For, directed by Gus Van Sant.
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