Love, Loss and What I Wore: further cast announced


Love, Loss and What I Wore: further cast announced

“30 Rock” star Katrina Bowden, Maddie Corman (Next Fall), Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), lifestyle superstar and restaurateur B. Smith and Daytime Emmy Award-winner Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”/“One Life To Live”) will join upcoming casts of the Off Broadway show Love, Loss, And What I Wore, now in its second year at the Westside Theatre. Bowden and Zimmer complete the next cast of Love, Loss, And What I Wore, performing 16 Feb – 20 Mar. They join the previously announced Sabrina Le Beauf (“The Cosby Show”), Orfeh (Legally Blonde) and Barbara Rhoades (The Goodbye Girl). McKechnie joins the previously announced Annie Starke (Paradise Road) in the March cast, performing 23 Mar – 24 Apr 2011. Corman and Smith will join the cast beginning 27 Apr 2011, performing through to 29 May2011. Additional cast members for March – May will be announced shortly. The show's current cast (through to 13 Feb 2011) stars Alexis Bledel, Nikki Blonsky, Anita Gillette, Judy Gold and Pauletta Washington. The comedy, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, and directed by Karen Carpenter, opened at the Westside Theatre on 1 Oct 2009, following previews from 21 Sep, for what was initially scheduled to be a twelve week engagement that was originally scheduled to close on 13 Dec 2009, but is now booking through to 29 May 2011. Love, Loss, And What I Wore is a collection of vignettes and monologues based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. "‘The Vagina Monologues’ without the vaginas,” is how the Ephrons describe this theatrical event. The show opened to mostly good reviews: The only thing wrong with this play is the title... The rest is fabulous. (newyorktheatreguide.com); A kin to a warm estrogen bath (NY Times); By turns funny, poignant, and occasionally rueful (AP); A bittersweet meditation on the joys and tribulations of women's lives (Variety). The original cast featured Samantha Bee, Tyne Daly, Katie Finneran, Natasha Lyonne and Rosie O’Donnell. The creative team features sets by Jo Winiarski, costumes by Jessica Jahn, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Walter Trarbach. A portion of the production’s proceeds will benefit Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. Audience members will be invited to donate their gently-used purses and other accessories in the theatre lobby. Bios: Katrina Bowden currently stars as ‘Cerie’ on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “30 Rock.” Film: National Lampoon’s "Ratko: The Dictator’s Son," "Sex Drive" with James Marsden, "The Shortcut" produced by Adam Sandler, "The Last Film Festival" opposite Dennis Hopper, "Tucker and Dale vs Evil." TV: “L&O SVU,” “OLTL.” Bowden, along with the “30 Rock” cast, received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as a 2009 SAG award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Maddie Corman. Broadway: 'Next Fall.' Off Broadway: 'Next Fall,' 'Isn't It Romantic' and productions at Second Stage, Public Theatre, Directors Co, AJT. Film: "Some Kind Of Wonderful," "My New Gun," "PCU," "I Think I Do," "Mickey Blue Eyes," "Ira and Abby," "Beer League," "Morning Glory," upcoming "Peace Love & Misunderstanding" and "Novel Romance." TV: “Damages,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Law and Order(s),” “Frasier,” “Tracy Takes On,” “All American Girl”, “Mr. President.” Donna McKechnie. Broadway credits include: 'A Chorus Line' (Tony Award), 'How to Succeed in Business...;' 'Sondheim: A Musical Tribute' (which she also choreographed), 'On the Town,'' Promises, Promises,' 'Company' and 'State Fair' (Fred Astaire Award). Other credits include: 'Sweet Charity' (Bob Fosse’s national tour), 'Follies,' 'Mack and Mabel' and many more. She recently choreographed 'Guys and Dolls' at the Hollywood Bowl. Her memoir, “Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life,” was published by Simon and Schuster. B. Smith is a celebrated restaurateur, author, TV personality and lifestyle expert with her own line of home décor, furniture, jewelry and more. The former fashion model broke barriers as the first African-American to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine and launch her own national lifestyle brand including the legendary B. Smith’s restaurant in Manhattan’s theater district. The pioneering entrepreneur now returns to her first love — the theater. Kim Zimmer, who is best known as Reva Shayne on “Guiding Light” (four Emmys), started her career in Chicago theater prior to films ("Body Heat") and nighttime TV (“Seinfeld,” “Designing Women”). She began her daytime career as "Nola" on “The Doctors” and "Echo" on “One Life to Live,” to which she has recently returned. Regional and Off Broadway credits include 'Four Dogs and a Bone,' 'Blood Brothers,' 'Gypsy,' 'Dirty Blonde' and 'Shirley Valentine.' Zimmer’s memoir, "I’m Just Sayin!," will be available in August 2011.