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Tilly, Ross, Malloy, Cummings, and Oritz Join ALL ABOUT EVE Cast

Oscar nominated actress Jennifer Tilly will play 'Miss Caswell,' Cabaret star Steve Ross will play the 'Pianist,' Jessica Cummings will play 'Phoebe,' and Maura Lisabeth Malloy and Victor Joel Ortiz will also appear in The Actors Fund's highly anticipated all-star reading of ALL ABOUT EVE, the classic backstage drama that is one of the most entertaining and witty films of all time. 

Previously announced casting includes Golden Globeâ Award-winning actress Annette Bening as 'Margo Channing,' Tony Award-winner Brian Bedford  as 'Addison DeWitt,' four-time TonyAward winner Zoe Caldwell as 'Chief Prompter,' Tony Award nominee Peter Gallagher as 'Bill,' Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey as 'Max Fabian,' four time Tony Awardâ-winner Angela Lansbury as 'Birdie,' Tony Award-winner Cynthia Nixon as 'Karen,' and Emmy Awardâ-nominee John Slattery as 'Lloyd.'  ALL ABOUT EVE will be presented Monday, November 10 at 7:30pm at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).

The reading of ALL ABOUT EVE will be directed by Emmy and DGA Award-winning director John Erman ("Roots," "Who Will Love My Children").

The 1950 film, ALL ABOUT EVE, is written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story "The Wisdom of Eve," by Mary Orr, and stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, the prominent yet aging Broadway star.  Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, threatening Channing's career and personal relationships.  The film also features George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe and Thelma Ritter.  ALL ABOUT EVE was nominated for 14 Academy Awardsâ and won 6, including Best Picture.

Brian Bedford (Addison) on leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, played Hamlet at the age of 21. This was followed by performances in London's West End and Stratford-on-Avon working with, among others, Sir John Gielgud and Peter Brook. Gielgud's production of Peter Shaffer's first play, Five Finger Exercise, brought him to Broadway where he starred in more than 20 productions, receiving five Tony® nominations for Best Actor and winning the award for Molière's School for Wives. Other honors include the Obie, Outer Circle Critics Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award and two Drama Desk Awards. He has directed and acted for 20 seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada. His one-man Shakespeare show has taken him around the world. Film and TV credits include "Frasier," "More Tales of the City," "Scarlett," Nixon, Grand Prix and the voice of Robin Hood. This winter he will appear on TV with Kelsey Grammar in "Mr. St. Nick." He was recently inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Annette Bening (Margo Channing) can currently be seen in the film of The Women starring alongside Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett-Smith. She was last seen in the 2006 film Running with Scissors (Golden Globeâ Award nomination).  Annette was Julia Lambert in Being Julia (Oscar nomination, National Board of Review Award, Golden Globeâ Award and a SAG nomination).  She also starred in Mrs. Harris with Ben Kingsley for HBO (Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations), the critically acclaimed film American Beauty (Academy Awardâ nomination, Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award).  She received her first Academy Awardâ nomination and was named "Best Supporting Actress" by the National Board of Review for her role in The Grifters. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for her starring role in Rob Reiner's The American President, opposite Michael Douglas.  Her other films include Love Affair and Bugsy (Golden Globe nomination), both opposite Warren Beatty.  Bening's theater credits include The Cherry Orchard at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum in 2006, and Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles. She also played the title role in Hedda Gabler in March 1999 at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse.  In New York, Bening received both a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for most outstanding debut performance of the season for her role in Coastal Disturbances, originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway.

Zoe Caldwell (Chief Prompter) has appeared in most of the great companies of the English-speaking world. On Broadway, she has won four Tony® Awards for roles in Slapstick, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Medea, and Master Class. She appeared Off-Broadway in Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play, Colette, and in Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh. She played Emma Hamilton in Terence Rattigan's Bequest to the Nation in London; Cleopatra opposite Christopher Plummer's Antony in Stratford, Ontario; Long Day's Journey Into Night opposite Jason Robards at the Kennedy Center and BAM; and Lillian Hellman in Lillian on Broadway. Her portrayals on TV include "Medea," "Sarah Bernhardt," Mme. Arkadina in "The Seagull," and Carlotta Monterey O'Neill in "Eugene O'Neill, A Glory of Ghosts." Miss Caldwell directed An Almost Perfect Person with Colleen Dewhurst and Richard II in Stratford, Ontario; the award-winning Broadway production of Othello starring James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer; Park Your Car in Harvard Yard starring Jason Robards and Judith Ivey; and the Off-Broadway production of Vita & Virginia starring Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins.

Jessica Cummings (Phoebe) is currently understudying the roles of Nina and Masha in The Seagull on Broadway.  Earlier this year she worked with Roundabout Theatre Company on the off-Broadway production of Crimes of the Heart.  Jessica has studied at the British American Drama Academy and has a BA in theatre from Northwestern University.

Peter Gallagher (Bill). Broadway: The Country Girl, Noises Off,  Guys and Dolls, Long Days Journey Into Night (Tony Awardâ Nomination), The Real Thing (Charles Derwent Award), The Corn Is Green (Theatre World Award), A Doll's Life, Grease and Hair (revival). Regional and Off-Broadway include: The Exonerated, Another Country, Pal Joey. Mr. Gallagher has starred in over 50 films, including sex, lies and videotape, American Beauty (SAG Award), The Player (Golden Globe), Short Cuts, The Idolmaker, While You Were Sleeping, The Underneath, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, Center Stage, Dreamchild and Mr. Deeds. He has worked with some great directors including Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, Sam Mendes, Nicholas Hytner, Jonathan Miller, the Coen Brothers and Hal Prince. On television: "The OC," "The Murder of Mary Phagan," "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," "Guys and Dolls: Off the Record," "Brave New World" and HBO's "Path to Paradise." Recordings include: 7 Days In Memphis, Guys and Dolls.

Joel Grey (Max Fabian).  Debut:  Age nine as Pud in On Borrowed Time.  Stage credits include Wicked, Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Drama Desk nom.); Chicago (Drama Desk Award); A Fool and Her Fortune; Herringbone; When We Dead Awaken; Cabaret (20th anniv. prod.); Silverlake (NYC Opera); The Grand Tour (Tony® nom.); Platonov; The Normal Heart; Marco Polo Sings a Solo; Goodtime Charley (Tony® nom.); George M! (Tony® nom.); Cabaret (Tony Award®); Harry, Noon, and Night; Stop the World I Want to Get Off; Half a Sixpence; Come Blow Your Horn.  Film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award®), Man on a Swing, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, The Seven-Percent Solution, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Kafka, Player, The Music of Chance, The Fantasticks, Dancer In the Dark and Choke.  Television credits include "Brooklyn Bridge" (Emmy® nom.), "A Christmas Carol," "Oz," "Alias," "Brothers & Sisters," "House" and "Private Practice."

Angela Lansbury (Birdie) has enjoyed a career without precedent. Her professional career spans more than a half-a-century, during which she has flourished, first as a star of motion pictures, then as a four-time Tony Awardâ-winning Broadway musical star, and most recently as the star of "Murder, She Wrote," the longest running detective drama series in the history of television. The actress made her Broadway debut in 1957 when she starred as Bert Lahr's wife in the French farce, Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright's mother in the season's most acclaimed drama, A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney. One year later, she starred on Broadway in her first musical, Anyone Can Whistle. Lansbury returned to New York in triumph in 1966 as Mame for which she won the first of her unprecedented four Tony Awardsâ as Best Actress in a Musical. She received the others as the Madwoman of Chaillot in Dear World (1968), as Mama Rose in the 1974 revival of Gypsy and as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (1979).  From 1984 – 1996 she starred as Jessica Fletcher, mystery-writing amateur sleuth, on "Murder, She Wrote," for which she won four Golden Globeâ Awards. In 1982, she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. And in 1994 she was named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Angela and her husband Peter were married in 1949. They worked together until Peter's death in January 2003. Angela has three grown children, Deirdre, Anthony and David and three grandchildren. This spring Lansbury will be seen in the Broadway production of Blithe Spirit.

Maura Lisabeth Malloy Re­cent cred­­­its include Marilyn in A Beautiful Child (FringeNYC & Fringe Encores), Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, and a principal role in the New York TV Fes­tival pilot "Bloodhounds."  She is a re­cent grad­uate of the University of Vir­ginia's M.F.A. acting program and studies with Michael Howard.

Cynthia Nixon (Karen) won a Theater World Award at age fourteen for her stage debut in Ellis Rabb's production of The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center.  At age eighteen, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions: David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols, while a freshman in her first semester at Barnard College.  Cynthia's other Broadway credits include Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, Indiscretions (Tony nomination), Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo and David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole (Tony Awardâ), and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.  For her television work, Cynthia has received 4 Emmy nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and 6 SAG Award nominations for "Sex and the City" and "Warm Springs," having been honored with an Emmy Awardâ, two SAG Awards and a Lucy Award for "Sex and the City."   Her recent film credits include Little Manhattan, One Last Thing and Sex and the City.  Nixon will soon be seen off-Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Distracted.

Victor Joel Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South Florida. His love for storytelling began when introduced to "Star Wars" as a young child. A passion for the dramatic arts flourished throughout his adolescence, leading him to pursue a BFA in Acting at Florida International University.  He has consistently displayed perseverance and leadership, playing basketball on state championship team in high school and serving as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in college. Victor then moved to New York, like so many great Thespians before him, to learn how to act from the world-class teachers here and to learn a true respect and understanding for the craft. His credits include "Law and Order", "Guiding Light" and "All My Children." Frank Sinatra's classic song "My Way" depicts the vision Victor holds for his acting career.  For more on him, please see his website at VictorJoelOrtiz.com.

Steve Ross (Pianist) rose to fame as a cabaret entertainer during his lengthy sojourns at New York's fabled Algonquin Hotel and Ted Hook's Backstage in the late 1970's. He has spent the ensuing decades singing and playing in smart clubs and swank parties all over the world. On the airwaves Steve has been the performer/host for radio series for both the BBC and National Public Radio. In 1992 he was voted outstanding singer-instrumentalist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. Also in that year Steve made his Off-Broadway debut in his own tribute to Fred Astaire, I Won't Dance. He continues to tour in solo concerts, master classes, theatrical engagements and symphonic Pops appearances. Steve was just awarded the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club of New York.

John Slattery (Lloyd). Slattery can currently be seen in the Emmy Awardâ winning series, "Mad Men." Broadway credits include Rabbit Hole, Betrayal,and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Off-Broadway credits include Three Days of Rain (L.A. Critics Award, Drama Desk nomination), Night, And Her Stars, The Extra Man and The Lisbon Traviata. Other television credits include the critically acclaimed series "Jack & Bobby," HBO's "K Street," "Sex and the City," "From the Earth to the Moon," "The Brooke Ellison Story" for A&E, Masterpiece Theatre's "A Death in the Family" and several appearances on "Will & Grace." Films include Flags of Our Fathers, The Situation, Mona Lisa Smile, The Station Agent, Traffic, Bad Company, Sleepers and City Hall.

Jennifer Tilly (Ms. Caswell) Broadway: The Women.  Off-Broadway: One Shoe Off (Public Theater, Theatre World Award).  Film: The Caretaker, Deal, Home on the Range, Monsters, Inc., Stuart Little, Music from Another Room, Liar Liar, Bound, House Arrest, Edie & Pen, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award® Nomination), The Fabulous Baker Boys.  TV: "Family Guy," "Out of Practice," "Frasier," "The Women," "Hey Arnold!," "Key West," "Cheers".

John Erman (Director) came into prominence in the world of television with a film called "Green Eyes," which starred Paul Winfield.  This earned him the Humanitas Prize and the opportunity to direct "Roots" (Emmy® nomination, Director's Guild Award).  He also directed "Moviola," "The Letter," "Roots – The Next Generations (with Marlon Brando), "Who Will Love My Children" starring Ann-Margret (Emmy, Christopher Award).  Also with Ann-Margret, he directed "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Emmy® nomination), "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles," "Our Sons" (also with Julie Andrews and Hugh Grant) and "Queen" (also with Halle Berry and Danny Glover).  His other TV credits include "Scarlett " an 8 hour mini-series for CBS, "An Early Frost" with Gena Rowlands and Sylvia Sidney  (DG Award, Emmy® nomination), "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank" with Mary Steenburgen (Peabody Award, Christopher Award), "David" with Bernadette Peters, "Stella" with Bette Midler, "The Last Best year" with Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, "The Last To Go" with Tyne Daly, "The Boys Next Door" with Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham and Tony Goldwyn, "Only Love" with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow, "Doris Duke Story" with Lauren Bacall and Richard Chamberlain, "Victoria and Albert" with Nigel Hawthorne, Diana Rigg and Jonathan Pryce, and "The Blackwater Lightship" with Angela Lansbury and Dianne Wiest.  Recent theatre credits include Under the Blue Sky at Williamstown Theatre Festival with Vera Farmiga, Marsha Mason and Annabella Sciorra.

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Photo of Jennifer Tilly by Linda Lenzi




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