Chess Star Julia Murney May Be Part of Paper Mill Baby

News   Chess Star Julia Murney May Be Part of Paper Mill Baby
Julia Murney, who will head the all-star benefit concert of Chess on Sept. 22, may be part of the cast of the Paper Mill production of Baby.

Murney told Playbill On-Line that she is up for the role of Pam, the thirtysomething gym teacher desperately trying to conceive, in the David Shire-Richard Maltby Jr.-Sybille Pearson musical that will play the New Jersey theatre March 31-May 9, 2004.

Said Murney, "It's such a beautiful show. I actually saw it originally on Broadway with my mom. We went to TKTS one day and saw that. It was so lovely. And I've always wanted to work with Richard Maltby and David Shire. I think they're so wonderful."

Baby — about three couples whose lives are affected in various ways by the prospect of having (or not having) a baby — played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 8, 1983-July 1, 1984. The original cast included Liz Callaway, Todd Graff, James Congdon, Martin Vidnovic, Beth Fowler and Catherine Cox.

Julia Murney made her solo concert debut at the Ars Nova Theatre last April, and she also took part in the all-star Funny Girl concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America, where she sang the Streisand standard "People." The singer-actress received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, and her other theatrical credits include Crimes of the Heart, Time and Again, A Class Act, Cloud 9, Snapshots and Mata Hari.

Murney will play Florence in the aforementioned Chess concert, the third annual evening to benefit the Actors' Fund. Joining Murney on the stage of New Amsterdam Theatre will be Adam Pascal as the American, Josh Groban as the Russian, Raul Esparza as the Arbiter, Norm Lewis as Molokov, Jonathan Dokuchitz as Walter and Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Svetlana. A few tickets still remain for the concert and are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. For more information, go to *

The Sept. 19 "Diva Talk" will feature a complete interview with Julia Murney.

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