By Murdoch McBride
21 Jun 2000
Kevin Chamberlin, the co-star of Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, will give his final performance in his Tony nominated role on July 5 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Chamberlin will go on to join the cast of The Seussical. Replacing Chamberlin in Dirty Blonde will be Tom Riis Farrell, who assumes the role on July 6.
A founding member of the Barrow Group, the Off-Broadway theatre company, Farrell's credits include appearances in the Roundabout production of 1776, the City Center Encores! presentation of Li'l Abner, The New York Theatre Workshop production of View of the Dome as well as roles in the films "Bringing Out the Dead," "The Out of-Towners," "Devil's Advocate," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Scent of a Women."
As reported earlier, the New York Theatre Workshop production of Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on May 1. Claudia Shear (playwright and star) and James Lapine (director) co conceived the show and shepherded its move to Broadway .
The original cast of the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) production of Dirty Blonde, Claudia Shear, Kevin Chamberlin and Bob Stillman, transferred intact to the Helen Hayes Theatre just in time to meet the Tony eligibility deadline. In all, Dirty Blonde garnered five Tony nominations: Best Play, Best Director, Best Performance by a Leading Actress and two for Best Performance by a Featured Actor. It won no awards.
The play marked Shear's return to NYTW, where she triumphed in 1993 with her one woman "tour de résumé" Blown Sideways, a 64-job search for employment. That piece earned her an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Dirty Blonde involves two single New Yorkers who meet at Mae West's grave site and goes on to trace the couple's changing relationship while simultaneously tracking West's career.
Tickets for Dirty Blonde are $65. The Helen Hayes Theatre is located at 240 West 44th Street. For tickets call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.