Stockard Channing Will Take Liz Taylor's Roles in NY and CA

News   Stockard Channing Will Take Liz Taylor's Roles in NY and CA Where have all the Elizabeth Taylor roles gone? To Stockard Channing, it would seem, if Jack O'Brien has his way -- and he seems to be having his way.

Where have all the Elizabeth Taylor roles gone? To Stockard Channing, it would seem, if Jack O'Brien has his way -- and he seems to be having his way.

The artistic director of San Diego's Old Globe has hopes Channing will take up Taylor's Oscar-winning role of shrewish Martha (opposite Richard Dreyfuss) in a West Coast revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(Martha seems to be the part to play these days. Elizabeth Ashley will be playing "Get the Guests" at Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse starting Jan. 3, and Diana Rigg is planning to bring her award-winning revival of the play to Broadway in 1997.)

Firmer, and more immediate, is O'Brien's plans to star Channing in Taylor's Tony-nominated role of the ruthless Regina Gibbons in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. It begins previewing March 27 for an April 27 opening at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Rehearsals will start Feb. 20.

To date, only Channing is confirmed for the play but there is talk that Jennifer Dundas (the young girl in Broadway's Arcadia) will lay her rebellious daughter, Alexandra, and Frances Conroy (currently starring in The Rehearsal at the Roundabout) will be the quietly alcoholic Birdie. O'Brien is due back in New York to complete casting as soon as he finishes helming the world premiere of Tina (Coastal Disturbances) Howe's new play, Pride's Crossing. It will run Jan. 30 to March 2 at Old Globe, starring Tony winner Cherry Jones as an invincible matriarch.

-- By Harry Haun

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