Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) and Tony nominee Polly Bergen (Follies) may soon share a stage together. The two actresses are collaborating on a new musical, titled Little Shows, and penned by Deborah Grace Winer, a source close to the project told Playbill On Line.
The show would actually be composed of two one-act musicals, one starring Ziemba alone and the other starring Bergen. According to reports, Mark Waldrop will be the director. There is no time frame or destination theatre for the venture at this date.
Ziemba won a 2000 Tony Award for her performance in Contact as a housewife who escapes a suffocating marriage through choreographed flights of fancy. The show was only her latest collaboration with director-choreographer Susan Stroman, who had previously cast her in And the World Goes Round, Crazy for You and Steel Peer. Her next role is the lead in the Encore! Concert reading of The Pajama Game.
Bergen, a popular singer, actress and TV star in the years following World War II, recently emerged from retirement to perform an acclaimed new cabaret act and star in the Broadway revival of Follies. She just completed a six-week stint in The Vagina Monologues.
—By Robert Simonson