Lansbury Returns to Bway for 11/5 'Dorothy Parker' Benefit

Four-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury makes a return to the Broadway stage heading the cast of This is on Me, An Evening of Dorothy Parker, a staged reading adapted by Tom Fontana to benefit The Acting Company on Sunday, November 5, 7pm at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street. Boyd Gaines, Harriet Harris, Lisa Banes and Lynn Collins complete the cast. Tom Fontana (Emmy winning writer/producer of Oz, Homicide and St. Elsewhere) adapted the works of Dorothy Parker. Warner Shook, former Artistic Director of the Intiman Theatre in Seattle will direct. A Gala Cast Supper follows for Benefactors and Patrons. The evening is made possible through the support of The Shubert Organization and Sony Corporation of America.
"I've been Mame Dennis, Mama Rose and Mrs. Lovett, why not Dorothy Parker, quipped Ms. Lansbury whochairs the Actors Advisory Board of The Acting Company, founded in 1972 by her longtime friend, John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director, Margot Harley.
Boyd Gaines (Tony winner for Contact, She Loves Me and The Heidi Chronicles) has long been a staple of The Acting Company's staged readings. Harriet Harris (Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mame at The Kennedy Center and recurring on Desperate Housewives), and Lisa Banes (Arcadia, Desperate Housewives) began their careers on tour with The Acting Company as did fellow alums Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jeffrey Wright, Jesse L. Martin, Hamish Linklater, Stephen DeRosa, Henry Stram, David Ogden Stiers, Tom Hewitt and Rainn Wilson. Lynn Collins made her Broadway debut in the The Womenand can also be seen in the feature films The Lake Houseand 13 Going on 30,

Recipient of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater, Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, The Acting Company has toured 125 productions across America and to nine foreign countries. It's renowned education programs – master classes, student matinees and weeklong Literacy Through Theater artistic residencies – reach 25,000 students a year, most in schools where little or no other arts education is available.

Tickets are $85, $100, and $250 and are available by calling Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200. $750 & $1000 benefit tickets are available by calling The Acting Company only at (212) 258-3111.


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