Cady Huffman, Dana Ivey, Dee Hoty and More Set For Noel Coward: The Women of His World at Lincoln Center

By Michael Gioia
18 Jun 2012

Cady Huffman
Cady Huffman

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and The Noel Coward Foundation will present Noel Coward: The Women of His World, a commissioned piece conceived and directed by Keith Merrill, June 27 at the Library for the Performing Arts.

The free event, set to begin at 6:30 PM, will feature Tony Award winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Tony Award nominees Dana Ivey (Butlet, Sunday in the Park With George) and Dee Hoty (Footloose, The Will Rogers Follies) plus Jodi Stevens, Alan Cox (Translations) and Mary Ellen Ashley (Marlene). Steven Silverstein is the music director.

Here's how The Women of His World is described: "Sir Noel Coward was blessed with an abundance of friends and admirers. The scores of people who ingratiated themselves into his life were, at times, overwhelming. Yet, very few were privy to his 'Secret Heart.' And fewer still could call themselves part of 'The Family'. Follow the touching, hilarious and fascinating stories of five of the most influential women of Noël Coward's world. Through songs, poems, and correspondences between Coward and the women who touched his heart and enriched his soul, we are given a rare glimpse of the master himself, as seen through the eyes of some of his closest female confidantes."

Merrill is the artistic director of Noël and Company. Along with producing director Ashley and managing director Christopher Stegmayer, Noel and Company has produced The Vortex, with Edward Hibbert, Bobby Steggert and Suzanne Bertish; Design For Living, with Amy Rutberg and Kevin Collins; and The Mousetrap, with Carole Shelley, Paxton Whitehead and Jill Paice.



Noël and Company will present the world premiere of Star Quality, the original script of Coward's last play, Aug. 13 at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium.

Noel Coward: The Women of His World is the first of two performances presented in the Lincoln Center Festival's Summer Salon series, celebrating the mastery of Noel Coward. The series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward," on display at the Library’s Donald and Mary Oeslanger Gallery through Aug. 18. The exhibition and associated programs are part of "Noel Coward in New York, "a festival celebrating the life and work of Noel Coward. Visit noelcowardinnewyork.com. Heather Cooper will be the stage manager for The Women of His World.

The Library for the Performing Arts is located inside the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. To make a reservation, call (212) 870-1617 or email amyrussell@nypl.org. For more information, visit NoelandCompany.org.