Jennifer Tilly and Steve Ross have joined the cast of the Actors Fund’s all-star reading of All About Eve, appearing as Miss Caswell and the Pianist, respectively. Previously announced casting includes Annette Bening as Margo Channing, Brian Bedford Addison DeWitt, Zoe Caldwell Chief Prompter, Peter Gallagher Bill, Joel Grey Max Fabian, Angela Lansbury Birdie, Cynthia Nixon Karen and John Slattery Lloyd. The reading will be presented November 10 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, directed by John Erman.
Also joining the cast are Jessica Cummings Phoebe, Maura Lisabeth Malloy and Victor Joel Ortiz. The role of Eve has yet to be announced.
Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and based on the short story “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr, the 1950 film All About Eve starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing, the prominent yet aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter played Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing’s life, threatening Channing’s career and personal relationships. The film also featured George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe and Thelma Ritter. was nominated for 14 Academy Awardsâ and won 6 including Best Picture, and also inspired the 1970 musical, Applause.
Jennifer Tilly made her Broadway debut in The Women in 2001. Off Broadway, she starred in 1993’s One Shoe Off at the Public, for which she earned a Theatre World Award. In 1995, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Her other film credits include The Caretaker, Deal, Home on the Range, Monsters, Inc., Stuart Little, Music from Another Room, Liar Liar, Bound, House Arrest, Edie & Pen and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Her TV credits include Family Guy, Out of Practice, Frasier, The Women, Hey Arnold!, Key West, and Cheers.
Ross rose to fame as a cabaret entertainer during lengthy sojourns at New York’s fabled Algonquin Hotel and Ted Hook’s Backstage in the late 1970’s. He’s sang and played in smart clubs and swank parties all over the world. On the airwaves Steve has been the performer/host for radio series for both the BBC and National Public Radio. In 1992, he was voted outstanding singer-instrumentalist by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. Also that year, Steve made his Off-Broadway debut in his tribute to Fred Astaire, I Won’t Dance.