Julia Murney and Anita Gillette Join the Cast of NYC Woman of the Year Concert

Cabaret & Concert News   Julia Murney and Anita Gillette Join the Cast of NYC Woman of the Year Concert
They will appear with Dee Hoty, Alice Ripley, Christine Pedi, and other stars at the November 29 performances.
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Julia Murney Jason Moody

Woman of the Year, the 1981 Kander & Ebb musical that won four Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Score, will get two concert performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below on November 29—but with a special twist. Each song will be performed by a different star, including Dee Hoty, Alice Ripley, and Christine Pedi.

Newly announced to join them: Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), and Anita Gillette (A Parallelogram). There will be two shows, 7 and 9:30 PM, on November 29. Tickets ($35–$80 plus a $25 minimum) are on sale at 54Below.com.

Based on the 1942 film of the same title starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, the Broadway musical provided a vehicle for Lauren Bacall as a TV reporter who goes into battle mode when she is parodied by a chauvinistic cartoonist.

In addition to Hoty (Gigi), Pedi (Chicago), Murney, and DeWitt, the Bacall/Hepburn role of Tess Harding will be shared by Christine Toy Johnson (Hello, Dolly!), Luba Mason (How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), and Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch).

Sam Craig, Tess’ love interest, will be played by Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde), Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten), and Kevin Zak (Clinton: The Musical).

John “Lypsinka” Epperson (Once Upon a Mattress), Todd Buonpane (Cinderella), and Robbie Rozelle (Songs from Inside My Locker) will share the role of Tess’ assistant, Gerald.

Gillette (A Parallelogram), Mary Callanan (Bandstand), and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) will take on the roles of Jan, Helga, and Alexi, respectively.

The ensemble will include Jody Cook, Cam Cote, Jessie Davidson, Roger Dawley, Miranda Gelch, Will Hutcheson, Ethan Larsen, Mychael Leverage, Maggie Malaney, Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Benjamin Nissen, Libby Rosenfeld, Ruby Shadley, and London Sperry.

Schneider said, “The idea for the concert is that each song will be sung by an actress associated with the work of Kander and Ebb. This will also extend to the male characters as well.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative.

It will be a busy week for Ripley at Feinstein’/54 Below, where she is also appearing in the cabaret show Unattached November 28 and 30, and December 1 and 2:

Read: Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner Set Fall Encore for Unattached Cabaret Show

Ripley and Pedi have been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.


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