One hundred and twenty actresses—from Jenny Allen to Kim Zimmer—have appeared in the Off Broadway hit, Love, Loss and What I Wore, which opened at the Westside Theatre on October 19, 2009, and broke all box office records, recouping its entire investment in just eleven weeks. On March 15, the play will mark its 1,000 performance, and will close on March 25.
The play explores the relationship women have with their clothes, the memories the garments trigger of good times, bad times, sweet times, bitter times, loves won, and loves lost. The evening, best attended with a group of female friends, never fails to cause emotional reactions, best discussed after the curtain over dinner or a few glasses of wine.
The Off Broadway hit, written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Karen Carpenter is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. The production was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audience Award. From its first performance, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has been collecting audiences’ donated purses and accessories for Dress for Success and has contributed more than $125,000 to the organization. (Photo above, from left: Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron, and Daryl Roth).
The show’s reach has not been limited to New York. Since Love, Loss, and What I Wore opened, audiences around the globe have gotten the chance to experience it. The show has played on six continents, in places including: Cape Town, South Africa; The Philippines; Paris, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Canada and many more. Los Angeles’ Geffen Theatre and Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse both hosted extended runs, and the show is currently in Detroit, Michigan (through March 4) as part of the national tour.
“Being able to share the intimate collection of stories in Love, Loss, and What I Wore with audiences all over the world, and see it find its place in the cultural landscape, has been incredibly fulfilling,” said Producer Daryl Roth. “I am very proud of how many women this production has touched – both on stage and off. We have had 32 rotating casts, and 120 actresses have participated during our New York run. The emotional resonance and personal connection people have to this show has been overwhelming.”
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in four-week cycles. To date, the full list of New York company members includes: Jenny Allen, La La Anthony, Tichina Arnold, Samantha Bee, Emily Bergl, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Mary Birdsong, Alexis Bledel, Nikki Blonsky, Sierra Boggess, Katrina Bowden, Brenda Braxton, Marylouise Burke, Helen Carey, Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Chlumsky, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Victoria Clark, Margaret Colin, Didi Conn, Maddie Corman, Veanne Cox, Tyne Daly, Lucy DeVito, Erin Dilly, Emily Dorsch, Fran Drescher, Haylie Duff, Nancy Dussault, Daisy Eagan, Emme, Barbara Feldon, Tovah Feldshuh, Conchata Ferrell, Katie Finneran, Kate Flannery, Alison Fraser, Penny Fuller, Janeane Garofalo, Nancy Giles, Anita Gillette, Joanna Gleason, Judy Gold, Alicia Goranson, Aisha de Haas, Julie Halston, Ann Harada, Rachael Harris, Melissa Joan Hart, Dee Hoty, Jayne Houdyshell, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Capathia Jenkins, Lisa Joyce, Carol Kane, Minka Kelly, Shirley Knight, Sharon Lawrence, Sabrina Le Beauf, Katie Lee, Michele Lee, Adriane Lenox, Stacy London, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Allison Mack, Fern Mallis, Sonia Manzano, Marla Maples, Samantha Mathis, AnnaLynne McCord, Donna McKechnie, Anne Meara, Janel Moloney, Ashley Austin Morris, Debra Monk, Kate Mulgrew, Diane Neal, Kristine Nielson, Rosie O’Donnell, Orfeh, Joyce Van Patten, Rhea Perlman, Eve Plumb, June Diane Raphael, Caroline Rhea, Barbara Rhoades, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Roslyn Ruff, Amanda Setton, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alexandra Silber, B. Smith, Yeardley Smith, Cobie Smulders, Annie Starke, Robin Strasser, Susan Sullivan, Loretta Swit, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Mary Testa, Concetta Tomei, Maria Tucci, Ally Walker, Fredi Walker-Browne, Pauletta Washington, Erica Watson, Dawn Wells, Lillias White, Rumer Willis, Casey Wilson, Mary Louise Wilson, Rita Wilson and Kim Zimmer.
If you haven’t seen the play, there’s still time. Tickets are $79 and available via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre box office (407 West 43rd Street). Same-day general rush tickets ($25.00, cash only) are available at the box office, beginning at noon. (Limited to two rush tickets per person. Seats are based on availability; some are limited view). The schedule for Love, Loss, and What I Wore is as follows: Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For more information, go to the website Love, Loss, and What I Wore.