Benefit Performance of Magical Thinking, with Redgrave, Postponed

By Andrew Gans
23 Mar 2009

Vanessa Redgrave in  The Year of Magical Thinking.
Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking.
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

The benefit performance of The Year of Magical Thinking, which was scheduled for April 27 at New York's Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, has been temporarily postponed.

The one-night-only performance, which was to star Vanessa Redgrave, will be rescheduled. The postponement is due to the recent, tragic death of Redgrave's daughter, Natasha Richardson.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the church is "also working very closely with the family to add a special memoriam for Richardson to the show."

Redgrave starred in the Broadway production of Magical Thinking, which is based on Joan Didion's book of the same name.



Vanessa Redgrave was Tony nominated for her portrayal of Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking, and she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Redgrave is a Tony Award winner for her performance of matriarch Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night, and earned an Oscar for her performance the film "Julia."

When rescheduled, the performance will benefit the programs run by UNICEF, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and their partners to help provide "much needed help to the children of Gaza and southern Israel."

For more information visit www.stjohndivine.org/MagicalThinking.html.