Debra Monk Gets Totally Hot and a Little Dirty for BC/EFA
Beloved stage and screen actress Debra Monk will be "totally hot and a little dirty" as she celebrates her 65th birthday on February 24 in a free-wheeling rock ’n’ roll concert produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
"I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than throwing a big ol’ party with great music, stories and a few dirty jokes thrown in along the way," Monk said. "I wouldn’t do it, though, if it wasn’t all to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization very near and dear to my heart."
The Debra Monk Birthday Bash will feature the Tony Award winner and some of her most talented friends rollicking through a collection of their favorite rock and pop hits. Among those scheduled to join Monk are two-time Tony nominee Charlotte D’Amboise, six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, four-time Tony nominee and six-time Emmy nominee Victor Garber, two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Andrea Martin and Tony and Emmy nominee Ron Rifkin.
The event will be directed by JoAnn Hunter with music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Additional special guests will be announced soon; all performers subject to change.
"Debra Monk is one of the most talented, delightful and versatile actors I know," said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. "Whether playing it for laughs or pathos, her heart is full and her spirit soars. ’Big Mama’ is getting down for her birthday and that’s a night you won’t want to miss."
Monk, a fixture on stage and screen, has been nominated four times for the Tony Award, winning for Featured Actress in a Play for Redwood Curtain. She also was nominated for "Picnic," "Steel Pier" and "Curtains." Monk has appeared in 11 Broadway shows, most recently as Big Mama in the 2013 revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." She is co-author of the classic Tony-nominated musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes."
Monk has also been featured in the television series "Grey’s Anatomy," "Damages," "Glee," "White Collar," "Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!," "Brothers & Sisters," "Ghost Whisperer," "The Closer," "Notes from the Underbelly," "Desperate Housewives," "Law & Order," "Frasier" and as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue."