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Legends Charles Busch, Whoopi Goldberg and Lypsinka star in the first-ever New York presentation of the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line), which will be presented on Monday evening, March 23 at 8PM at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street).

Directed by Mark Waldrop, the presentation will feature a script that has been adapted for this reading by John Epperson. Also starring Bryan Batt ("Mad Men") with additional casting to be announced, the special event is a benefit for Friends In Deed - The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening IllnessTM. Fran Lebowitz will serve as the evening's narrator.

A hilarious comedy about two glamorous, Hollywood has-beens and arch-rivals forced to consider working together on a new project to resuscitate their careers, LEGENDS! is one of the most notorious theatrical properties ever written - notably for what happened behind-the-scenes.

Originally presented in a 1986 year-long, pre-Broadway tour starring Carol Channing and Mary Martin, it closed on the road before making it to New York. The juicy on and off-stage antics were chronicled and immortalized in playwright James Kirkwood's own non-fiction account, Diary of a Mad Playwright: Perilous Adventures on the Road with Mary Martin and Carol Channing.

In 2007, the play was again presented as a pre-Broadway national tour, this time helmed by "Dynasty" co-stars Joan Collins and Linda Evans. Also failing to make it to New York, the production had its backstage wars chronicled in lurid detail by Ms. Collins in a two-part series in London's Daily Mail.

LEGENDS! is being directed by Mark Waldrop, whose credits include Bea Arthur on Broadway and the Drama Desk Award-winning Off-Broadway revue When Pigs Fly, for which he also provided book and lyrics. As a lyricist, he is the recipient of the prestigious Edward Kleban Award.

Tickets ($100, $75 and $60) are currently available through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-4100. $250 VIP Seating, which will include admission to an after-party, is currently available by calling (800) 996-5433. Town Hall box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 Noon - 6PM.

Founded by Mike Nichols and Cynthia O'Neal in 1991, Friends In Deed - The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening IllnessTM - has helped transform many thousands of lives through a wide array of free programs and services.

For more information, visit www.friendsindeed.org or call (212) 925-2009.


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