Tovah Feldshuh to Play Leona Helmsley in New Musical Reading

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The Tony nominee has been tapped to star in a reading of Queen of Mean.
Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh

Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh has been tapped to star in the Actors’ Temple presentation of Queen of Mean: The Rise and Fall of Leona Helmsley. The new musical is based on the New York Times bestselling biography by Ransdell Pierson.

Feldshuh will star as business woman Helmsley, whose occasionally notorious behavior earned her the nickname "Queen of Mean," in the presentation, set to be performed April 4 and April 7 at The Actors’ Temple in Manhattan. The musical features a book by Alex Lippard and David Lee, lyrics by Lee, music by Ron Passaro and additional lyrics by Lippard.

Queen of Mean is billed as a “rollicking and emotionally gripping portrait of Leona Helmsley,” depicting the “Faustian rise-and scandalous fall from grace-of the notorious Manhattan hotelier.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for AT members and students under age 18. They can be purchased online at or by calling (212) 245-6975. The Actors' Temple is located at 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue.

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