Judy Kuhn to Sub for Maria Friedman for 6 Weeks Starting February 14
The Woman in White star Maria Friedman will take a six week medical leave of absence from the show to complete her cancer treatment beginning February 12th. Three time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn will play the leading role of Marian from February 14 - March 26.
Maria Friedman, winner of three Olivier Awards and a nominee for her portrayal of the role in London, will return to the production on Tuesday, March 28th. Friedman was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in November and has undergone two surgeries while continuing in the demanding role.
Kuhn, widely acclaimed for creating roles in the original Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Rags and Chess among others, will assume the leading role of Marian Halcombe, a care-free woman of privilege who proves unexpectedly fearless when she and her beloved sister are in jeopardy
Producer Bob Boyett said, "While Maria was eager to remain in the show and perform as much as her health allowed, we prevailed upon her to take this time to complete her treatment and return at the end of March. We are thrilled that Judy Kuhn, an extraordinary Broadway actress, was available to play this role."
The Woman in White is performed at the Marquis Theatre (211 W 45th St). Tickets may be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, by calling 307-4100 or visiting the Marquis Theatre box office. Visit www.womaninwhitethemusical.com for more information.
Judy Kuhn most recently starred as "Mary" in the Actors' Fund of America benefit reading of Wonderful Life. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards for her performances in the Roundabout's hit revival of She Loves Me, and the American premiers of Chess and Les Miserables.
Also on Broadway she appeared in Richard Nelson's play Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theater), Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David, Rags, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF), and the US premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and starred in London's West End in Metropolis for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award Nomination.
Other theater includes Eli's Comin' at the Vineyard Theater (Obie Award), the title role in The Ballad of Little Jo at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago (Jeff Award Nomination), the Drama Department's hit revival of As Thousand's Cheer, Dream True (Vineyard Theater), Strike Up The Band (Encores!), The Glass Menagerie (MacArter Theater), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage), and Martha Clarke's Endangered Species (BAM). She sang the title role in Disney's Pocahontas as well as the sequel Pocahontas: Journey To A New World.
Television appearances include: Law & Order (NBC), All My Children (ABC), The Secret Life Of Mary Margaret (HBO), My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (PBS), and In Performance At The White House (PBS).
Judy has performed on concert stages around the world including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and The Royal Albert Hall in London, and she can be heard on numerous original cast recordings as well as her solo album Just In Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne. Judy is a member of Drama Department and the Vineyard Theater Community of Artists.