Hope Clarke, Melissa Leo and Mackenzie Phillips constitute the next cast of the Off Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues. They will join the show on May 28 and stay through July 7.
Phillips remains best known for playing one of the daughters on the television sitcom "One Day at a Time." Mackenzie Phillips starred in the L.A. version of Eve Ensler's collection of serious and comic monologues about women and their feelings about themselves, their sex lives and the part of their body that is seldom talked about. Also on stage with her in L.A. was her stepmom, actress and former member of "The Mamas and the Papas," Michelle Phillips. Ensler recently starred in an HBO version of the project. The work began in New York featuring Ensler reading the monologues she had created from interviews with women from around the world.
Clarke starred in the Broadway shows Purlie and Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope. Leo starred on TV's "Homicide."
Beginning April 16, Andrea McArdle began a six-week stint in The Vagina Monologues. Her co-stars are Karen Black and Janet Hubert. They will stay until May 26. McArdle will always be best remembered as the original title urchin in Annie. Since then, she's gone on to other stage roles, memorably a long stay as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
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.
Hubert appeared as Tantomile in Broadway's Cats.
A complete list of actresses who have appeared in the New York production follows:
- Feb. 8-20, 2000: 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, 2002: Kate Clinton, LaChanze and Marcia Wallace
- Jan. 22-March 3: Lillias White, Barbara Barrie and Stefanie Powers
- March 5-April 14: 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