Theater Bits – Casting Changes for Steel Magnolias


Atlanta's Alliance TheatreBeth Broderick will make her Alliance Theatre debut as M’Lynn, replacing Annie Potts, who has had to withdraw from the role for health considerations

The Alliance Theatre is pleased to welcome Beth Broderick (Theatre: The Mousetrap, TV: Under the Dome, Lost, & Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) to the all-star cast of Steel Magnolias.  Playing the steady mother M’Lynn, Beth joins Becky Ann Baker (Broadway: Good People, TV: Girls) playing the cheerful, straightforward Clairee, Mary Pat Gleason (TV: The Guiding Light)  playing the delightfully cantankerous Ouiser, Deirdre Lovejoy (Broadway: Lucky Guy, TV: The Wire) playing salon owner Truvy,  Sarah Stiles (Broadway: Avenue Q, Shakespeare in the Park: Into the Woods) playing Truvy’s newest beautician and new girl in town Annelle, and Zoë Winters (Off-Broadway: 4000 Miles, Much Ado About Nothing) playing the glowing newlywed Shelby, M’Lynn’s daughter.  Steel Magnolias is directed by two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey (Designing Women).

Beth replaces Annie Potts, who was originally cast in the role and began rehearsals last week.  However, due to health considerations following knee surgery, Annie Potts has withdrawn from the cast.

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