Viola Davis, Gina Gershon and Annie Potts, the current stars of the Off Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues, leave the show on April 16. They will be replaced on April 18 by Claire Danes, Jennifer Lewis and Mary McDonnell.
Danes made her mark in the short-lived, but acclaimed television series, "My So-Called Life," and went on to star in such films as "Little Women," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Mod Squad."
McDonnell appeared on stage recently in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Summer and Smoke).
Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, starring Ensler herself, returned to New York the Westside Theatre Oct. 3, after previews from Sept. 21. Vagina reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. New introductions to the monologues have been written for the various threesomes, who will divide the text between them. Mary Alice, Amy Irving, Rosie Perez, Audra McDonald, Swoosie Kurtz, Julie Kavner, Shirley Knight, Andrea Martin and Alanis Morissette have already appeared in the production.
The upcoming schedule is as follows:
April 18-30: Claire Danes, Jenifer Lewis & Mary McDonnell
May 2-14: Mo Gaffney, Marsha Mason, Lynn Whitfield
May 16-28: Diahann Carroll, Marisa Tomei, Rita Wilson
Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show.
$10 of each ticket sold to The Vagina Monologues will go to the V Day Initiative.
For information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson