PHOTO CALL: Charlotte d'Amboise, Brandon Victor Dixon, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber and More Celebrate Debra Monk's 65th Birthday
25 Feb 2014
Stage and screen star Debra Monk, who received a Tony Award for her performance in Redwood Curtain, celebrated her 65th birthday Feb. 24, 2014, with a "free-wheeling rock 'n' roll concert" produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
At Debra Monk Birthday Bash, which played 8 PM at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, Monk was joined by two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin), six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Winslow Boy), four-time Tony nominee and six-time Emmy nominee Victor Garber (Damn Yankees), two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin) and Tony winner and Emmy nominee Ron Rifkin (Cabaret).
Debra Monk, Jim Newman, Andrea Martin and Charlotte d'Amboise
Photo by Monica Simoes
Here's how BC/EFA describes the evening: "Debra Monk Birthday Bash (#debrabday) will feature the Tony Award winner and some of her most talented friends rollicking through a collection of their favorite rock and pop hits."
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than throwing a big ol' party with great music, stories and a few dirty jokes thrown in along the way," added Monk. "I wouldn't do it, though, if it wasn't all to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization very near and dear to my heart."
Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, said in a statement, "Debra Monk is one of the most talented, delightful and versatile actors I know. Whether playing it for laughs or pathos, her heart is full and her spirit soars. 'Big Mama' is getting down for her birthday and that's a night you won't want to miss. We've fallen in love with Deb not just for her wonderful work on stage, television and in the movies, but also because of her unwavering commitment to helping those who need it most. Deb is a longtime and loyal friend of Broadway Cares and we’re delighted to help her celebrate her birthday in this very special way."
Monk was also Tony-nominated for Picnic, Steel Pier and Curtains. She's appeared in 11 Broadway shows, most recently as Big Mama in the 2013 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is co-author of the Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. Monk has been featured in the television series "Grey's Anatomy," "Damages," "Glee," "White Collar," "Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!," "Brothers & Sisters," "Ghost Whisperer," "The Closer," "Notes from the Underbelly," "Desperate Housewives," "Law & Order," "Frasier" and as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.