Dreamgirls' Hudson and Drowsy's Martin Join Whorehouse Cast

News   Dreamgirls' Hudson and Drowsy's Martin Join Whorehouse Cast Jennifer Hudson, who will be seen as Effie in the upcoming "Dreamgirls" film, and Tony Award-winning Drowsy Chaperone star Bob Martin will be part of the upcoming Actors' Fund of America benefit concert of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

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Jennider Hudson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The concert, which will be presented Oct. 16 at the August Wilson Theatre, also features the previously announced Harry Groener as the Governor, Andrea McArdle as Doatsy Mae, Felicia Finley as Angel, Mary Faber as Shy, Richard Kind as Senator Wingwoah, "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis as an Aggie soloist and the cast of [title of show] as The Melvin P. Thorpe Singers.

The ensemble comprises Roxane Barlow, Michelle Kittrell, Amber Efe, J. Elaine Marcos, Rachelle Rak, Christina Norrup, Angie Schworer, Jen Cody, Dennis Stowe, Bret Shuford, Jeff Lewis, Jason Patrick Sands, Will Taylor, Matt Rossoff, Rick Faugno, Justin Greer, Phil Fabry, Nina Hennessey, MaryAnn Hu, Sue Goodman, Trent Armand Kendall, Naomi Naughton, Kate Pazakis and Charlie Schwartz.

Mark S. Hoebee will direct the one-night-only event, which will feature choreography by Denis Jones, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, set design by Paul Weimer and costume design by Michael Growler. Seth Rudetsky will once again be the musical director as well as the artistic producer for the annual semi-staged concert. Steven Yuhasz and Tim Pinckney are the producers. Show time is 7:30 PM.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas features a score by Carol Hall and a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson based on the infamous Texas brothel, the Chicken Ranch. The musical, co-directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune, opened on Broadway in 1978, playing 1,584 performances. Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton starred in the film version.

The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in Englewood, New Jersey. For ticket information call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or visit www.actorsfund.org.

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Previous Actors' Fund benefit concerts include Dreamgirls, Chess, Funny Girl, Hair and On the Twentieth Century.

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