Kathie Lee Gifford will star in the world premiere of Thumbs, a new thriller by The Mystery of Edwin Drood author Rupert Holmes. At the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, NY, a spokesperson for the show confirmed. The play will run March 9-24.
Playbill On-Line first reported Gifford's casting on Jan. 16. The actress singer-personality is known to millions as the erstwhile daytime talk show partner of Regis Philbin. Simon Jones has been cast opposite her.
The play concerns two women from different walks of life who come face to face with a (naturally) "devilishly clever" murderer.
Holmes is best known in theatre circles as the composer and librettist of the Dickens adaptation, Edwin Drood, which ran for 608 performance on Broadway in the mid-80s. He followed that up with the thriller Accomplice, which had a brief run on Broadway, but has enjoyed a healthy life in summer stock and community theatres. Holmes is also, of course, the man who gave the world the number-one pop hit, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."
Jones is a theatre veteran, with New York credits like Private Lives, Passion Play and Waiting in the Wings behind him. The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack. For reservations, call (845) 358-6333.
—By Robert Simonson