Elizabeth Ashley...If Memory Serves
Elizabeth Ashley will star in Jonathan Tolin's If Memory Serves, directed
by Leonard Foglia, at the Promenade Theater, 2162 Broadway, beginning November 26. If
Memory Serves will be designed by Michael McGarty (sets) and Russell Champa (lights).
Charles H. Duggan and Jennifer Manocherian are producers, in association with Richard
Frankel and Marc Routh. Opening night is scheduled for December 8.
In this dark comedy about show business, the media and celebrity scandal, an
aging television star - once America's favorite TV Mom - is desperate to revive her
sagging career. Things take an unexpected turn when her son publicly reveals
disturbing memories of his childhood, which causes a media frenzy that puts her back in
Elizabeth Ashley recently appeared in Toronto in Terrence McNally's Master Class,
directed by Leonard Foglia. Ashley's numberous credits include the Broadway
productions of Take Her, She's Mine with Art Carney (Tony Award), Barefoot
in the Park with Robert Redford (Tony nomination), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tony
nomination), The Skin of Our Teeth, Caesar and Cleopatra with Rex Harrison and
Agnes of God. Off-Broadway she has appeared in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here
Anymore, The Red Devil Battery and When She Danced.
If Memory Serves will play Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; with
matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and
$47.50 and are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.
- Ragtime will close in January much to the surprise of all. The large
cast and huge production was not meeting the weekly nut, thus losing money. There
was talk of a scaled down production, Ragtime Lite, but obviously that route
will not be taken. Everyone agrees that this musical should have played for years!
- The Scarlet Pimpernel cast was told of a possible closing in January. The
cast has been offered the tour. Box office is around 70% capacity but a lot of
that is coming from discounted offers. After its second reincarnation, SP3 will
begin a tour in February.
- Word has it that Dame Edna: The Royal Tour will indeed tour after her
Broadway run. The show is developing a cult following with fans, many coming back
repeatedly. It's at the Booth and the only plants in the audience are gladiolus.
- Arthur Miller's The Price opens in previews tonight at the Royale Theatre.
Directed my James Naughton this classic drama will star Bob Dishy, Jeffrey DeMunn,
Lizbeth Mackay and Harris Yulin. It's one of my favorites. When I become 90
I want to play the antique dealer.
- On Halloween the Phantom up Canada way will take off his mask permanently. The Toronto production
of The Phantom of the Opera closes after a 10 year run. Trick or treat?
- We've published an interview with Randy Slovacek in our Spotlight On
section. If you've ever wondered what it's like to begin in the business and make it
on Broadway, you'll enjoy reading Randy's story. He's currently in the cast of
Chicago out Mandalay Bay way in Las Vegas.
See you Monday!
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