If you missed the recent TV version of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, you can catch a star-studded staging of the epistolary play April 23, when Mary Tyler Moore and Gene Wilder play lifelong companions Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, whose lives diverge, often tragically, over the years.
Among other stars who've taken on the fractious twosome have been George Hearn and Rue McClanahan (Paper Mill Playhouse) and Alec Baldwin and Kim Zimmer (a recent Broadway benefit).
The April 23 performance, held at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Greenvale, will benefit the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center Association. Tickets, starting at $200, are available by calling (516) 626-1971.
Best known for her TV work and filmdom's "Ordinary People," Moore's stage roles have included Holly Golightly in the failed musical, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and also the hospitalized quadriplegic in Broadway's Whose Life Is It Anyway?. She was awarded a Special Tony for appearing that season. Wilder's memorable films include "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers."
Other A.R. Gurney plays include the current Far East and Ancestral Voices, as well as The Dining Room and Labor Day. -- By David Lefkowitz