Sunday, January 24, 2010

cast list for *Steel Magnolias*

by Robert Harling (off-Broadway, 1987; the movie premiered in 1989)
directed by George Green

Kelsey Strom as Annelle Dupuy Desoto (played by Daryl Hannah in the movie)
Bethany Hart as Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Julia Roberts)
Melody Deatherage as M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field)
Molly Parish as Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton)
Wendy Carroll as Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis)
Kathie Doyle-Lipe as Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine)

Harling's script for the movie also introduced nearly a dozen other roles, four of which were played by Janine Turner, Dylan McDermott, Tom Skerritt and Sam Shepard.

In a small town in Louisiana, six women frequently gather at Truvy's beauty parlor to share stories and friendship. M'Lynn's daughter Shelby is getting married, Annelle is the newcomer to town, Clairee and Ouiser do a fair amount of bickering, and the action extends over three years.

Performances at the Civic: Feb. 26-March 21

Ben Brantley's 4/14/05 New York Times review of a Broadway revival featuring Delta Burke as Truvy, Marsha Mason as Ouiser, Christine Ebersole as M'Lynn and Frances Sternhagen as Clairee is here.

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