Laura Benanti and Andrew McCarthy to Star in Reading of Plaza Suite

News   Laura Benanti and Andrew McCarthy to Star in Reading of Plaza Suite A benefit reading of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite will be held Sept. 19 at the High School for the Humanities.

Laura Benanti, Andrew McCarthy and John Lavelle will head the cast of the one-night-only event, which comprises three one-acts set at New York's Plaza Hotel: "Visitor From Mamaroneck," "Visitor From Hollywood" and "Visitor From Forest Hills." The Benanti-McCarthy pairing casts the two as former high school sweethearts who reunite one night at the Plaza. Jonathan Ross will direct the reading, which is being produced by Suzy Myers and Jamie McGonnigal. (Casting for the other two one-acts will be announced shortly.)

The evening will benefit Opening Act, which "provides free after-school theatre programming to New York City's most underserved public high schools."

Plaza Suite opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in Feb. 14, 1968, playing 1,097 performances before closing Oct. 3, 1970. The original cast — directed by Mike Nichols — included George C. Scott, Maureen Stapleton, Bob Balaban, Claudette Nevins and Jose Ocasio.

Laura Benanti most recently portrayed Claudia in the Tony-winning revival of Maury Yeston’s Nine. She received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Swing! and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was also seen in The Sound of Music, Time and Again and the City Center Encores! mounting of Wonderful Town. Benanti’s regional credits include roles in A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha and A Winter’s Tale. Benanti will be seen in the upcoming musical of The Wedding Singer.

Andrew McCarthy, who was recently seen Off-Broadway in Fat Pig, is best known for his work in such films as "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Pretty in Pink." He has also been seen in ABC's "Kingdom Hospital" and will be featured in the upcoming NBC presentation "E-Ring." The High School for the Humanities is located in Manhattan at 351 West 18th Street. Tickets range from $10-$100 and can be purchased by going to www.openingactnewyork.org. (A reception for Premium Ticket holders will be held at 6:30 PM).

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