Happy Birthday to ya! Tony winner and seasoned stage and screen vet Debra Monk is celebrating her 65th birthday in the most selfless and sassy way possible, a one-night-only concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Debra Monk Birthday Bash: Totally Hot and a Little Dirty will take place February 24, 2014 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
"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 in a statement. "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."
Directed by JoAnne Hunter with music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the concert will feature some of Monk’s Broadway pals including 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.
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. She's 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 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 NYPD Blue. Her TV movie appearances include The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza, Ellen Foster, and Redwood Curtain. Monk's film credits include One for the Money, The Other Woman, The Great Buck Howard, The Savages, The Producers, Center Stage, The Devil's Advocate, In & Out, Extreme Measures, The Bridges of Madison County, Jeffrey, Fearless, Reckless, Mrs. Winterbourne, and Bed of Roses.