Former "West Wing" Stars Channing and Janney to Read Wasserstein Works

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Stage and screens stars Stockard Channing and Allison Janney will perform in Glimmerglass Opera's upcoming tribute to the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

The event — titled "An Uncommon Woman: A Celebration of Wendy Wasserstein and Music" — will take place Nov. 28 at the Colony Club in Manhattan.

In addition to the readings of Wasserstein selections, the evening will screen excerpts from the Glimmerglass commission, "The Festival of Regrets" by Wasserstein, and feature a performance of songs from Pamela's First Musical by alumni of Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists Program and members of the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers.

Co-stars on the concluded NBC show "The West Wing," both Stockard Channing and Allison Janney are also noted stage performers. Janney was Tony Award-nominated for her turn in Broadway's A View From the Bridge and also appeared in Present Laughter as well as in Off-Broadway's The Taming of the Shrew, Blue Window, New England, Breaking Up and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Channing earned a Tony for Joe Egg and has been nominated for her turns in The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and The Lion in Winter.

The late Wasserstein earned the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Tony Award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. Other plays include Isn’t It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, Uncommon Women and Others, An American Daughter, Old Money and the recent Third.

The scribe also penned the libretto for "The Festival of Regrets," one part of a three one-act operas featured in the operatic trilogy "Central Park." Pamela's First Musical was adapted by Wasserstein from her children's book of the same name and scored by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist David Zippel. Tickets for the event at The Colony Club, at 564 Park Avenue, are available by calling (607) 547-0700, ext. 209. For more information, visit glimmerglass.org.

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