Judith Ivey as Ann Landers set to dispense advice

June 1, 2009 1:08:06 PM PDT
Ann Landers will be dispensing advice off-Broadway this fall.

Judith Ivey will portray the legendary problem-solving columnist in "The Lady With All the Answers," David Rambo's play drawn from Landers' life and letters. The one-woman show begins performances Oct. 7 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Ivey, a two-time Tony winner, will have a busy summer. She is directing the musical "Vanities," opening July 16 at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.

"The Lady With All the Answers" will be directed by B.J. Jones, who runs the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Ill., where Ivey starred in the play last year. "Lady" had its world premiere in 2005 at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

Landers died in 2002.

"Vanities" will star Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol as three best friends who go from high school cheerleaders to adulthood. Preview performances begin June 30.

The musical features a book by Jack Heifner and a score by David Kirshenbaum. "Vanities" is based on Heifner's play, which ran for more than 1,300 performances off-Broadway in the late 1970s.

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