Anderson, Bierko, Halston, Murney and More Join "Valley of the Dolls" Reading | Playbill

News Anderson, Bierko, Halston, Murney and More Join "Valley of the Dolls" Reading
Additional casting has been announced for the Actors Fund's upcoming reading of "Valley of the Dolls," starring Tony nominees Charles Busch and Tovah Feldshuh.

The March 15 reading of the iconic camp film will also feature Nancy Anderson (as Jennifer North), Hunter Bell (as Ted Casablanca and Mel), Craig Bierko (as Lyon Burke), Julie Halston (as Miss Steinberg and others), Troy Britton Johnson (as Tony Polar), Julia Murney (as The Singer), Brad Oscar (as Mr. Bellamy and others) and Ed Watts (as Kevin Gilmore and others). Previously announced stars Cheyenne Jackson and Christopher Sieber have withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.

As previously reported, Busch will star as Helen Lawson, with Feldshuh as Miriam Polar, Tony nominee Martha Plimpton as Anne Welles and Heidi Blickenstaff as Neely O'Hara. Carl Andress directs the 7:30 PM reading.

Based on the 1966 Jacqueline Susann novel and 1967 film, "Valley of the Dolls," according to press notes, "follows the lives of three women – naive New Englander Anne Welles, aspiring singer Neely O'Hara, and buxom beauty Jennifer North – as they attempt to achieve fame and fortune in show business.

"As this legendary story unfolds, each starlet discovers that Hollywood is full of pitfalls and heartbreak. Instead of the happiness they seek, the trio descends into a dark world of sex, alcoholism, suicide and a chemical dependence on a variety of prescription 'dolls.'"

Tickets are $75, $100 and $150 and are now available by visiting ActorsFund or by calling (212) 221-7300 ext. 133. Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College is located at 899 Tenth Avenue. *

The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.

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