Tony Winner Helen Gallagher Stars in Gibson's Handy Dandy, Dec. 9

News   Tony Winner Helen Gallagher Stars in Gibson's Handy Dandy, Dec. 9 Two-time Tony Award winner Helen Gallagher will star in a new production of William Gibson's Handy Dandy Off-Broadway, at the Neighborhood Playhouse (340 East 54th Street), beginning Dec. 9 for a run through Jan. 4, 2004.

Gallagher has had what seems like several careers. Her first Broadway musical was Seven Lively Arts in 1944. She then appeared in the original Brigadoon and the famous 1952 revival of Pal Joey, for which she won a Tony. Roles in Hazel Flagg, Sweet Charity and The Pajama Game followed. Her career was resuscitated in 1971 when she co-starred in the fluke nostalgia hit No, No, Nannette. The performance netted her another Tony. The 77-year-old actress last season appeared in playwright Ain Gordon's "non-fiction play," Art, Life & Show Biz, in which she discussed her long career. Handy Dandy is produced by the Colleague Theatre Company, which was created in 1996 to "identify and develop performance opportunities for the mature and seasoned actor." The story "pits a feisty activist Nun against a troubled, conservative Judge, both in court and out." Robert Hogan plays the Judge. Don Amendolia directs.

The production gives Gibson two plays simultaneously running on the New York boards. His one-woman drama Golda's Balcony is currently playing on Broadway.

Tickets are $19. There will be no performances on Dec. 16, 24, 25 or 31. For reservations call (212) 239-2996.

Robert Hogan and Helen Gallagher in <i>Handy Dandy</i>
Robert Hogan and Helen Gallagher in Handy Dandy Photo by David Rodgers
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