Abingdon Company to Name Theater After June Havoc
Scheduled to participate in the tribute are Lucie Arnaz, Laurence Luckinbill, Alex Witchel, Frank Rich, Charlotte Rae, and Andrea McArdle, as well as some surprise celebrity guests. Conrad Andriani and Mel Marvin will provide musical accompaniment for selections highlighting Havoc's long career in the theater.
Havoc appeared on Broadway in Forbidden Melody, Pal Joey, Mexican Hayride, Sadie Thompson, The Ryan Girl, Dunnigan's Daughter, Affairs of State, The Warm Peninsula, and Habeas Corpus. Her film credits include My Sister Eileen and Gentleman's Agreement. In addition, she has authored two books about her life, Early Havoc (which was the basis for her 1963 play Marathon '33) and More Havoc. Her early life in vaudeville with her sister Rose Louise Hovick (later known as Gypsy Rose Lee) and her mother, as told in Lee's memoirs, served as the basis for the musical Gypsy.