Little Orphan Annie's come a long way.
Beginning April 16, Andrea McArdle will begin a six-week stint in the Off Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues. Her co-stars will be Karen Black and Janet Hubert. They will stay until May 26.
Black was a film presence during the heady days of late-60s, early '70s Hollywood. After a supporting part in "Easy Rider," she won acclaim and several awards for her performance opposite Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces." Other credits include "Family Plot" and "The Great Gatsby." By the 1980s, however, her star had faded due to a string a poor films and she devolved into something of a cult figure, inspiring the name of the indy rock group, Karen Black.
A complete list of actresses who have appeared in the New York production follows:
Feb. 8-20: Julie Kavner, Swoosie Kurtz and Audra McDonald
Feb. 22-March 5: Mary Alice, Amy Irving and Rosie Perez
March 7-19: Rita Moreno, Cynthia Nixon and Marlo Thomas
March 21-April 2: Shirley Knight, Andrea Martin and Alanis Morissette
April 4-16: Viola Davis, Gina Gershon and Annie Potts
April 18-30: Claire Danes, Jenifer Lewis and Mary McDonnell
May 2-14: Mo Gaffney, Marsha Mason and Lynn Whitfield
May 16-28: Diahann Carroll, Judith Ivey and Marisa Tomei
May 30-June 11: Joy Behar, Hazelle Goodman and Holland Taylor
June 13-15: Linda Ellerbee, Calista Flockhart and Lisa Gay Hamilton
June 27-July 9: Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane and Phylicia Rashad
July 11-23: Teri Hatcher, Ricki Lake and Regina Taylor
July 25-Aug. 6: Gloria Reuben, Julia Stiles and Mary Testa
Aug. 8-20: Brett Butler, Kimberly Williams and Tonya Pinkins
Aug. 22-Sept. 3: Teri Garr, Julianna Margulies and Sanaa Lathan
Sept. 5-24: Brooke Shields, Mercedes Ruehl and Ana Gasteyer
Sept. 26-Oct. 15: Kathleen Chalfant, Nell Carter and Annabella Sciorra
Oct. 17-Nov. 5: Donna Hanover, Robin Givens, Susie Essman
Nov. 7-Nov. 26: Erica Jong, Angelica Torn, Lauren Velez.
Nov. 28-Dec. 17: Lolita Davidovich, Sarah Jones and Ann Magnuson
Dec. 19-Jan. 7, 2001: Carolee Carmello, Roma Maffia and Rue McClanahan
Jan 9-Feb. 18: Julie Halston, Lisa Leguillou and Lois Smith
Feb. 20-April 1: Becky Ann Baker, Cynthia Garrett and Ruthie Henshall
April 3-May 13: Kim Coles, Judy Gold and Patricia Kalember
May 14-June 24: Katherine Helmond, Joie Lee and Hayley Mills
June 26-Aug. 5: Lisa Kron, Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Walter
Aug. 7-Sept. 16: Ali Larter, Sandra Oh and Loretta Swit
Sept. 18-Oct. 28: Veanne Cox, Marla Gibbs and Lainie Kazan
Oct. 30-Dec. 9: Polly Bergen, Michele Shay and Didi Conn
Dec. 11-Jan. 20: Kate Clinton, LaChanze and Marcia Wallace
Jan. 22-March 3: Lillias White, Barbara Barrie and Stefanie Powers
Idina Menzel, Carol Jenkins and Joyce Van Patten
Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show. A percentage of ticket sales ($10 of each $55 ticket) for The Vagina Monologues goes to the V-Day Initiative, in support of women's issues.
For information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
— By Robert Simonson