Nikki Blonsky will be leaving the cast of Stuffed. She was set to play Marty in Lisa Lampanelli's show, but according to a statement, "due to an illness during a crucial stretch leading up to previews, Blonsky was not able to get sufficient rehearsal time and, as a result, she and the show's creative team have mutually decided to part ways."
Understudy Lauren Ann Brickman will play Marty starting tonight. A permanent replacement will be announced shortly. Opening night, originally set for October 19, has been pushed back to October 31 at Westside Theatre.
Directed by Jackson Gay and featuring additional material by Ashley Austin Morris, Lampanelli's work premiered in a WP Theater production in fall 2016. Lampanelli stars alongside Brickman, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Othello) and Eden Malyn (Bad Jews). The production has set design by Antje Ellerman, costume design by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop.
The work is described as follows: "The four characters in Stuffed are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size-zero. The play features Lampanelli's famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with food. With Lisa onstage, alongside a talented cast, Stuffed doesn't shy away from tough questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what's better — muffin top or camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can't conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?"
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