Starting March 5, actress Idina Menzel will pay her rent with the proceeds of a six-week stint in the Off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues. The Rent and The Wild Party star will stay with the show until April 14, along with actress Joyce Van Patten and journalist and author Carol Jenkins.
Menzel's most recent credit was Broadway's Aida. Veteran Van Patten has been seen in such Broadway shows as Ring Round the Moon, Jake's Women and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Lillias White, Barbara Barrie and Stefanie Powers left the play on March 3.
A complete list of actresses who have appeared in the New York production follows: Feb. 8-20: Julie Kavner, Swoosie Kurtz and Audra McDonald
Feb. 22-March 5: Mary Alice, Amy Irving and Rosie Perez
March 7-19: Rita Moreno, Cynthia Nixon and Marlo Thomas
March 21-April 2: Shirley Knight, Andrea Martin and Alanis Morissette
April 4-16: Viola Davis, Gina Gershon and Annie Potts
April 18-30: Claire Danes, Jenifer Lewis and Mary McDonnell
May 2-14: Mo Gaffney, Marsha Mason and Lynn Whitfield
May 16-28: Diahann Carroll, Judith Ivey and Marisa Tomei
May 30-June 11: Joy Behar, Hazelle Goodman and Holland Taylor
June 13-15: Linda Ellerbee, Calista Flockhart and Lisa Gay Hamilton
June 27-July 9: Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane and Phylicia Rashad
July 11-23: Teri Hatcher, Ricki Lake and Regina Taylor
July 25-Aug. 6: Gloria Reuben, Julia Stiles and Mary Testa
Aug. 8-20: Brett Butler, Kimberly Williams and Tonya Pinkins
Aug. 22-Sept. 3: Teri Garr, Julianna Margulies and Sanaa Lathan
Sept. 5-24: Brooke Shields, Mercedes Ruehl and Ana Gasteyer
Sept. 26-Oct. 15: Kathleen Chalfant, Nell Carter and Annabella Sciorra
Oct. 17-Nov. 5: Donna Hanover, Robin Givens, Susie Essman
Nov. 7-Nov. 26: Erica Jong, Angelica Torn, Lauren Velez.
Nov. 28-Dec. 17: Lolita Davidovich, Sarah Jones and Ann Magnuson
Dec. 19-Jan. 7, 2001: Carolee Carmello, Roma Maffia and Rue McClanahan
Jan 9-Feb. 18: Julie Halston, Lisa Leguillou and Lois Smith
Feb. 20-April 1: Becky Ann Baker, Cynthia Garrett and Ruthie Henshall
April 3-May 13: Kim Coles, Judy Gold and Patricia Kalember
May 14-June 24: Katherine Helmond, Joie Lee and Hayley Mills
June 26-Aug. 5: Lisa Kron, Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Walter
Aug. 7-Sept. 16: Ali Larter, Sandra Oh and Loretta Swit
Sept. 18-Oct. 28: Veanne Cox, Marla Gibbs and Lainie Kazan
Oct. 30-Dec. 9: Polly Bergen, Michele Shay and Didi Conn
Dec. 11-Jan. 20: Kate Clinton, LaChanze and Marcia Wallace
Jan. 22-March 3: Lillias White, Barbara Barrie and Stefanie Powers
Joe Mantello, who staged Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway, is the director of the show.
$10 of each $55 ticket sold to The Vagina Monologues goes to the V Day Initiative.
For information on the Westside engagement, call (212) 239-6200.
— By Robert Simonson