Rosie O’Donnell has plans to be on Broadway and off it very soon.
Recently O’Donnell announced a production of “Babes in Arms” for the Great White Way, but that won’t arrive for some time.
The bigger news is that she will likely be in the opening cast of Nora Ephron’s six woman, Off Broadway production of her comedy, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” when it premieres this fall off Broadway.
“Love Loss” had a trial run last February at the Daryl Roth Theater near Union Square. Joy Behar and Marian Seldes were in that cast. The night I saw it, Marlo Thomas was in the audience.There was talk that Christine Baranski had already asked to be in the opening official cast.
In fact, “Love Loss” should be the new “Vagina Monologues,” with star actresses clamoring to be included in the rotating casts. Imagine all the Ephron movie ladies lined up for chances, from Meg Ryan and Julie Kavner to Meryl Streep and Amy Adams from her about to be released “Julie and Julia.”
Meantime, Rosie’s appearance should bring the show the needed publicity for a big opening. (Hey ‘ how about Rosie and her old “View” mates reunited for a months’ run?) O’Donnell will stay busy until then. She and pal Cyndi Lauper hit the road beginning July 30th for a summer tour. Rosie opens the night with her ferociously funny stand up comedy act ‘ not to be missed.