Photo Coverage: Michael Ball and Maria Friedman at Drama League Holiday Luncheon

December 4
11:14 AM 2005
On December 2nd, the Drama League hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon at the Players Club (16 Grammercy Park South).

The guests of honor were Michael Ball and Maria Friedman, the co-stars of The Woman in White. Ball and Friedman took part in a panel discussion with Peter Filichia, The New Jersey Star Ledger's theatre critic.

Ball and Friedman currently star in The Woman in White as Count Fosco and Marian Holcombe, respectively. A gothic romance based on the Wilkie Collins novel, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened at the Marquis Theatre on November 17th. With music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, a book by Charlotte Jones and direction by Trevor Nunn, the show also features Angela Christian, Jill Paice, Adam Brazier, Ron Bohmer and Walter Charles.

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The Drama League Annual Holiday Luncheon

Maria Friedman, Barbara Lefkowitz, Michael Ball, and Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Michael Ball, Sandy Kalison, and Herb Blodgett

Irving Salem, Michael Ball, Maria Friedman, and Patricia Salem

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