Ferguson's Town co-star Lea DeLaria, as well as Shannon Burkett, joined the cast March 16. DeLaria took over the role of Jane, originally played by Becky Ann Baker. Burkett, meanwhile, is the production's third Mabel, taking over for Katherine Meisle, who herself took over for injured Jenny Bacon during previews. Burkett was a member of the cast of the short-lived Off-Broadway play, Stupid Kids.
On March 2, Julie Halston, a veteran of Charles Busch's loopy-campy farces, joined the cast of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. She assumed the various roles played by Lisa Kron in Paul Rudnick's loopy campy biblical play. Halston's credits include such Busch comedies as You Should Be So Lucky, Red Scare at Sunset and The Lady in Question.
Fabulous Story officially reopened at the Minetta Lane Theatre on Feb. 1 following a successful run at the New York Theatre Workshop. Juan Hernandez and Amy Sedaris left the cast of Rudnick's retelling of the Judeo-Christian creation story. Replacing them were, respectively, Jay Goede (Sex and Longing) and Peg Healey. Still with cast are Obie Award winner Joanna Adler (Benita Canova ), Peter Bartlett and Orlando Pabotoy.
In the play, Rudnick ponders what it would be like had God started out by making Adam and Steve, rather than Adam and Eve. Adam and Steve (along with Jane and Mabel) take us on a journey from Mesopotamia to a K Mart on Christmas Eve as they struggle for faith and search for God. Rudnick's comedy made its debut this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. As he did at Williamstown, frequent Rudnick collaborator Christopher Ashley directs.
Rudnick's comedies include Jeffrey, The Naked Eye, Mr. Charles and I Hate Hamlet, as well as scripts for the films "In & Out" and "Addams Family Values."
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-- By Robert Simonson