Steel Magnolias Will Say Goodbye July 31 With Added Actors' Fund Benefit

By Kenneth Jones
July 25, 2005

The final performance of Broadway's Steel Magnolias 8 PM July 31, will benefit The Actors' Fund of America.

The cast of the production at the Lyceum Theatre includes Delta Burke as Truvy, Christine Ebersole as M'Lynn, Rebecca Gayheart as Shelby, Marsha Mason as Ouiser, Lily Rabe as Annelle and Frances Sternhagen as Clairee.

Jason Moore directs the play by Robert Harling.

Tickets range $46.25-$86.25. The Lyceum is at 149 W. 45th Street.

For more information about the special performance that will benefit The Actors' Fund, which helps show folk with services and support, call the Special Performance Line at (212) 221-7300 ext. 133 or visit www.actorsfund.org.

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At the close, the staging will have played 23 previews and 137 regular performances (which includes the added benefit show; the original close was to be a 3 PM performance Sunday, which will still play). It was the play's Broadway debut, following a rich life that began in the late 1980s Off-Broadway.

A touring production of Steel Magnolias will launch in the 2007-2008 season.

Previews began March 15 and the official opening date was April 4.

The play "follows the lives of six indomitable Southern women as they share their personal triumphs, tragedies, beauty tips, recipes, and more than the occasional piece of scandalous gossip in Truvy's beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana."

Set design is by Anna Louizos, costume design is by David Murin, lighting design is by Howell Binkley, sound design by Ken Travis and hair design is by Bobby H. Grayson.

Steel Magnolias is produced on Broadway by Roy Gabay, Robyn Goodman, Danzansky Partners, Ergo Entertainment, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Susan Dietz/Ina Meibach, Michael Galvis/Billy Huddleston, and Elsa Daspin Suisman/Martha R. Gasparian.

Visit www.SteelMagnoliasBroadway.com.