Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund

Junior Mendez, Luba Mason and Robert Cuccioli star in the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh musical Wildcat, which was presented last night, December 19 in Manhattan to benefit the Actors Fund. The event was held at The Julia Miles Theatre at the Women's Project.  BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below.

The presentation also featured Beth Fowler (The Boy From Oz, Beauty and theBeast), Lenny Wolpe (Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone), and Jenn Gambatese (All Shook Up, Tarzan).

Wildcat, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, and book by N. Richard Nash, tells the story of a frontier woman named Wildcat Jackson (Mason) who arrives in a border town in the American southwest with dreams of striking oil and tricks foreman Joe Dynamite (Cuccioli) into helping her. Not-for-profit Theatrical Gems produces the first New York revival of the show since 1961.

Theatrical Gems Artistic Director Jacob Shoesmith-Fox directed, with musical direction by Steven H. Taylor. The 29-person cast also featured Vincent D'Elia (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Grease), Lawrence E. Street (Urinetown), Pierce Cravens (Ragtime, A Christmas Carol), Kenneth Kasch, Tony Castellanos, Gregory Couba, Michal Salonia, Spencer AnDrew Taylor, and Michael Puglia.

The ensemble was comprised of Lital Abrahams, Andrea Andert, Kiarri D. Andrews, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Christopher DeRosa, Jonathan Juarbe,James LaRosa, Nolan Muña, Alison Rose Munn, Tara Novie, Erin O'Neil, Tony Ramos, Jillian Schochet, and Bradley Vile. Wildcat was Cy Coleman's first musical.

It opened on December 16, 1960 and is best remembered forbeing the sole Broadway appearance of comedienne Lucille Ball, although the cast also featured Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Edith King, and a young Valerie Harper (Rhoda) in the dance ensemble. Wildcatclosed on June 3, 1961 after two hiatuses and 171 performances.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Luba Mason and Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Luba Mason and Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Junior Mendez and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Junior Mendez and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Lenny Wolpe and Beth Fowler

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Lenny Wolpe and Beth Fowler

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Beth Fowler and Roxie

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Vincent D'Elia, Pierce Cravens, Kenneth Kasch, Tony Castellanos, Lawrence E. Street and Gregory Couba

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Michael Puglia, Michal Salonia and Spencer Andrew Taylor

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Michael Puglia, Michal Salonia and Spencer Andrew Taylor

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Erin O'Neil and Nolan Muna

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Jillian Schochet and Bradley Vile

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Brian Michael Hoffman and Roxie

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Jonathan Juarbe and Tara Novie

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Alisan Rose Munn and Kiarri D. Andrews

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Lital Abrahams and James LaRosa

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Christopher DeRosa and Jaime Lyn Beatty

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Jonathan G. Galvez (Theatrical Gems Artist in Residence), Claudia Stuart (Theatrical Gems Executive Director) and Jacob Shoesmith-Fox (Theatrical Gems Artistic Director)

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund
Tara Novie, Tony Ramos and Jillian Schochet

Photo Coverage: WILDCAT Benefits The Actor's Fund

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