By Andrew Gans
31 Oct 2008
The reading, which will benefit the Actors Fund of America, will be presented Nov. 10 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Emmy and DGA Award winner John Erman will direct the evening, which will feature the previously announced Annette Bening as Margo Channing, Tony Award winner Brian Bedford as Addison DeWitt, Tony nominee Peter Gallagher as Bill, four-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury as Birdie, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon as Karen and Emmy nominee John Slattery as Lloyd. Show time is 7:30 PM.
Newcomers to the one-night-only event include four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell as Chief Prompter and Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey as Max Fabian. Additional casting to be announced.
The 1950 film "All About Eve" was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr. The motion picture starred Bette Davis as Channing, the prominent yet aging Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life.
The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture.