Hurt, Marvel and Tomei Among MTC's Top Girls, Beginning Broadway Run April 15

Caryl Churchill's Top Girls makes its Broadway premiere April 15 with the first preview of a new production by Manhattan Theatre Club.

Top Girls' girls: Marisa Tomei, Martha Plimpton, Elizabeth Marvel, Mary Catherine Garrison, Ana Reeder, Jennifer Ikeda and Mary Beth Hurt.
Top Girls' girls: Marisa Tomei, Martha Plimpton, Elizabeth Marvel, Mary Catherine Garrison, Ana Reeder, Jennifer Ikeda and Mary Beth Hurt. (Photo by Henry Leutwyler (all but Hurt))

James Macdonald (Off-Broadway's A Number, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?) directs a starry cast in the modern classic set in the Top Girls Employment Agency in London in the early 1980s. Marlene (played by three-time Obie Award winner Elizabeth Marvel) has just been appointed head of the firm.

MTC asks, "But as this ambitious career woman celebrates her achievements, can we applaud her values? This bold and ingenious work from the singularly talented author of Far Away and Cloud Nine offers one of the theatre's most honest portraits of what it means to be a woman in the modern world."

Opening at the Biltmore Theatre is May 7. The cast also includes Mary Beth Hurt as Louise/Waitress, Mary Catherine Garrison (as Patient Griselda/Jeanine/Kit/Shona), Drama Desk Award winner Martha Plimpton (as Pope Joan/Angie), Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (as Isabella Bird/Joyce/Mrs. Kidd), Jennifer Ikeda (as Lady Nijo/Win) and Ana Reeder (as Dull/Gret/Nell).

The creative team for Top Girls includes Tom Pye (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), Darron L. West (sound design), Matthew Herbert (original music) and Elizabeth Smith (dialect consultant).

Mary Beth Hurt has been seen on Broadway in The Secret Rapture, Benefactors (Tony nomination), Crimes of the Heart (Obie Award and Tony nomination), The Misanthrope and Trelawney of the Wells (Tony nomination). Her previous work for MTC includes productions of Humble Boy and The Day Room. On screen Hurt has been seen in "Untraceable," "The Dead Girl," "Lady In The Water," "Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Affliction," "Autumn in New York," "Family Man," "Bringing Out the Dead," "Six Degrees of Separation," "The Age of Innocence," "Red Dragon," "Light Sleeper," "Defenseless," "Slaves of New York," "Parents," "Compromising Positions," "The World According to Garp," "Chilly Scenes of Winter" and "Interiors." Jennifer Ikeda was seen in Broadway's Seascape; Reeder appeared in "No Country For Old Men" and Broadway's Sight Unseen; Tomei won the Academy Award for My Cousin Vinny and appeared on Broadway in Wait Until Dark and Off-Broadway in Oh, the Humanity…; Plimpton recently starred in Lincoln Center Theater's Cymbeline, and is a vet of MTC's Shining City and LCT's The Coast of Utopia; Garrison played the frisky sister in MTC's Rabbit Hole and was one of Roundabout Theatre Company's Assassins; Marvel's resume includes the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Seascape and the title role in the controversial New York Theater Workshop's Hedda Gabler.

Tickets to Top Girls are available by visiting or by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.

The Biltmore Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Tickets range in price from $46.50-$91.50. For group ticket information call (800) 432-7780. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Biltmore Theatre box office for $26.50.



Top Girls made its first New York City appearance in December 1982 with a British cast (including Lindsay Duncan) at The Public Theater. It played 40 performances and reopened at The Public in March 1983 with an American cast, playing 89 performances. Top Girls won the 1983 Obie Award for Playwriting and Ensemble.