30 Rock Star Bowden, McKechnie, Zimmer & More to Join LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE
Producer Daryl Roth announced today that "30 Rock" star Katrina Bowden, theater favorite 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 hit Off Broadway show Love, Loss, and What I Wore, now in its second smash year at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43 Street).
Bowden and Zimmer complete the next cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, performing February 16 - March 20. They join the previously announced Sabrina Le Beauf ("The Cosby Show"), Orfeh (Legally Blonde) and Barbara Rhoades (The Goodbye Girl).
Donna McKechnie joins the previously announced Annie Starke (Paradise Road) in the March cast, performing March 23 - April 24, 2011. Corman and Smith will join the cast beginning April 27, performing through May 29, 2011. Additional cast members for March - May will be announced shortly.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, opened in October 2009 at The Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street), where it's broken all box office records. Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons' friends. Like the popular book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.
The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audience Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in five-week cycles. Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Stacy London, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O'Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more. The current cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore (through February 13) includes Alexis Bledel, Nikki Blonsky, Anita Gillette, Judy Gold and Pauletta Washington.
The performance schedule for Love, Loss, and What I Wore is as follows: Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($79.00) are now on-sale through May 29, 2011 and are available via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and in-person at The Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street). Same-day general rush tickets ($25.00, cash only) are available at The Westside Theatre box office, beginning at noon. (Limited to two rush tickets per person. Seats are based on availability; some are limited view.)
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." Favorite people: Jace, Isa, Mac and Finn.
Donna McKechnie is regarded as one of Broadway's foremost dancing and singing ladies. 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 countless 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. Heralded by The Daily News as "one of the most important style mavens of all time," 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.
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