Wildcat Benefit, Featuring Robert Cuccioli and Luba Mason, to Benefit The Actors Fund

By Andrew Gans
October 22, 2010

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Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli will reunite with his Jekyll and Hyde co-star Luba Mason for a one-night-only presentation of the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh musical Wildcat to benefit the Actors Fund.

The benefit performance will be held Dec. 19 at 7 PM at The Julia Miles Theatre at the Women’s Project. Theatrical Gems artistic director Jacob Shoesmith-Fox will direct the evening with musical direction by Steven H. Taylor.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Wildcat, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by N. Richard Nash, tells the story of "a frontier woman named Wildcat Jackson (Mason) who arrives in a border town in the American southwest with dreams of striking oil, and tricks foreman Joe Dynamite (Cuccioli) into helping her," according to press notes.

Not-for-profit Theatrical Gems produces the first New York revival of the show since 1961.

Wildcat was Cy Coleman's first musical. It opened on Dec. 16, 1960, and is best remembered for being the sole Broadway appearance of comedienne Lucille Ball, although the cast also featured Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Edith King and a young Valerie Harper ("Rhoda") in the dance ensemble.

The Julia Miles Theatre at the Women’s Project is located at 424 West 55th Street. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by emailing tickets@theatricalgems.org. Tickets will be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.theatricalgems.org.