Exclusive: Dee Hoty and Barbara Walsh Among Stars Sharing the Lead in Woman of the Year Concert

Cabaret & Concert News   Exclusive: Dee Hoty and Barbara Walsh Among Stars Sharing the Lead in Woman of the Year Concert
Brad Oscar and John Epperson join the featured cast for the November 29 performances.
Dee Hoty Monica Simoes

Woman of the Year, the 1981 Kander & Ebb musical that won four Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Score, will get a concert performance 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, Christine Pedi, and Barbara Walsh.

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 the previously announced Pedi (Chicago), the Bacall/Hepburn role of Tess Harding will be played by Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins Broadway), three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies), Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Falsettos), Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), Christine Toy Johnson (Hello, Dolly!), and Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch).

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. For example, we have Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) and Jim Walton (And the World Goes ’Round), Todd Buonopane (Chicago), plus some original cast members like Michael Kubala.”

Newly announced for the supporting cast: Brad Oscar (Something Rotten), John Epperson (Lypsinka), Annie Golden (Orange Is the New Black), and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music).

Schneider said more names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets ($35–$80 plus a $25 minimum) are on sale now at 54Below.com. There will be two shows, 7 and 9:30 PM, on November 29.

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

Pedi has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3-13, 2017, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced.

Tickets are also 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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