Original Grease Star to Play Judy Garland

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Adrienne Barbeau, who may best be remembered as Bea Arthur's daughter Carol on the acclaimed situation comedy "Maude," will return to the New York stage in 2006.

Barbeau, who created the role of Betty Rizzo in the original production of Grease, will star as Judy Garland in The Property Known as Garland. The Billy Van Zandt work will play the Actors' Playhouse for a limited run, March 13-June 4, 2006, with an official opening March 23. Glenn Casale will direct a cast that also includes Kerby Joe Grubb.

The Property Known as Garland, according to press notes, is a "a fictional account of Judy backstage at her final concert appearance at Falkoner Center in Copenhagen in 1969." Barbeau is married to playwright Van Zandt.

The production's design team includes Charlie Smith (scenic design), Cynthia Nordstrom (costume design) and Richard Winkler (lighting design).

In a statement actress Barbeau said, "The last time I was on stage in New York was in 1972, downtown at the Eden Theatre in Grease. Off-Broadway gave me my big break, so I’m excited to be returning, especially with such an incredible project. Billy has written such a great script, I couldn’t stay away.”

Adrienne Barbeau appeared on the New York stage in Fiddler on the Roof and Grease, earning a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for her work in the latter. The actress received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work in "Maude," and her many other screen credits include "Ghost Rock," "Ring of Darkness," "Carnivàle," "No Place Like Home," "Across the Line," "A Wake in Providence," "Silk Degrees," "Father Hood," "The Parsley Garden," "The Burden of P roof," "Doublecrossed," "The Easter Story," "Open House," "Back to School," "Bridge Across Time," "The Next One," "Swamp Thing," "Escape from New York," "The Cannonball Run," "Tourist," "The Fog," "Top of the Hill," "Crash," "Red Alert" and "The Great Houdini." The Actors' Playhouse is located in Manhattan at 100 Seventh Avenue South. Tickets, priced $35-$65, will be available beginning Dec. 19 by calling (212) 239-6200.

Visit www.PropertyKnownAsGarland.com for more information.

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