Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita will play “Cindy Lou Who” in the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s Christmas comedy in couplets, Who’s Holiday! to be directed by Carl Andress. The strictly limited 6 week engagement will be presented at the Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036) beginning Monday, November 20th through Sunday, December 31st. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28th.
The story involves a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit. As she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls from her own perspective that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years. Lombardo’s hysterically funny, wildly irreverent, and heartfelt parody is an absolute must-see for adult theatre-goers this holiday season!
The Tony Award-winning design team includes David Gallo (sets) Ken Billington (lighting) and Jess Goldstein (costumes). Sound design will be by Bart Fasbender and wigs will be designed by Charles LaPointe.
Ms. Margherita is the recipient of the Olivier Award for her West End debut as Inez in Zorro The Musical. She originated the roles of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda on Broadway and Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. Playwright Matthew Lombardo has a history of writing strong leading roles for women having penned the plays Tea at Five for Kate Mulgrew, Looped for Valerie Harper (which garnered her a Tony Award nomination) and High for Kathleen Turner. Director Carl Andress is mostly known for directing Charles Busch plays including The Divine Sister, Die! Mommy Die! and The Third Story.
Who’s Holiday! is being produced by Gene Fisch, Jr., Jason Shaw, Scott & Jenny Beck in association with Foresight Theatrical.
Who’s Holiday! will play Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturday at 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM, and Sundays at 3PM and 7PM. This strictly limited engagement begins on November 20, 2017 and continues through December 31, 2017. Ticket prices are $125.00, $95.00 and $85.00.
Tickets to Who’s Holiday! are now available for purchase through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
LESLI MARGHERITA (Cindy Lou Who) won the Laurence Olivier Award for her West End debut as Inez in Zorro the Musical. On Broadway, Lesli originated the roles of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, and Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. Lesli can currently be seen starring opposite Topher Grace and Taye Diggs in the feature film Opening Night on Netflix. In 2018, she recurs on the drama “Seven Seconds” also on Netflix, and guest stars on CBS’ “Instinct” opposite Alan Cumming. Born and raised in California, Lesli trained at UCLA and was soon after chosen to star in MGM’s television series “Fame LA” directed by Kenny Ortega. Television appearances include ”Donny!,” “The Good Wife,” and “Major Crimes.” Film credits include Lucky Stiff’ with Jason Alexander, Joel Schumacher’s The Number 23, and the Sam Raimi produced Boogeyman 2. Lesli’s voice can also be heard on Disney’s “Cinderella 3” and Nickelodeon’s “Sponge Bob Squarepants.” Recent regional stage credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Bucks County Playhouse), Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus), Mephistopholees in The Devil Vs. Matthew McConaughey (NYMF), Signora Psyche Zenobia in A Scythe of Time (NYMF; Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role), Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate (Reprise; Ovation Award – Best Actress), The Gronholm Method (The Falcon; Ovation nom. – Best Ensemble), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha opposite Davis Gaines (MTW; Ovation nom. & LADCC nom – Best Actress), Julie in Showboat (Goodspeed Opera), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (La Mirada), Lady of the Lake in Spamalot opposite Gary Beach (Sacramento Music Circus). Lesli has written two books: NECK PUNCH and CARRY ON: Advice from the “Queen” and Blu!. She is the creator/star of the popular backstage vlogs: “Looks Not Books” and “Ship Happens.” Lesli’s critically acclaimed solo shows Rule Your Kingdom, All Hail The Queen, and Broad continue to tour the country.
MATTHEW LOMBARDO (Playwright) Broadway: High with Kathleen Turner at the Booth Theatre and Looped starring Valerie Harper in a Tony nominated performance at The Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: Tea at Five (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre (IRNE Award Winner – Best Solo Play); Mother and Child (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage; End of the World Party at the 47th Street Theatre (director) and Guilty Innocence at The Actors’ Playhouse. Television: Another World (WGA Nomination for Outstanding Achievement). Film: High (currently in development with OmniMedia Arts). Regionally his work has been produced at such prestigious theaters as Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis & others and his last three plays have all enjoyed National Tours. As a producer, he has presented concerts throughout the country for Broadway legends such as Carol Channing, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, and Faith Prince. He is currently adapting One Hundred Million Miracles for the stage based on the book by Paul Ford.
CARL ANDRESS (Director) has directed the world premieres of several critically acclaimed plays written by and starring Charles Busch, including The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse), The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages), The Third Story (MCC Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), Charles Busch’s Cleopatra, Judith of Bethulia, the annual Times Square Angel (Theater for the New City), Queen Amarantha (WPA Theatre), Shanghai Moon (Drama Dept., Bay St. Theater), as well as the New York production of Die! Mommie Die! (New World Stages). Other select credits include: the family musical Bunnicula! (DR2 Theatre, TheaterWorks USA), Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells (Drama Dept.), Joe Godfrey’s Romance Language (Ars Nova), Carmen Pelaez’s Rum & Coke (Abingdon Theatre Co.) and regional productions of Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse), My Fair Lady (Tent Theater/MSU) and Crush the Infamous Thing – The Adventures of the Hollywood Four (Coconut Grove Playhouse).