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Lauren Ambrose, Joan Allen in 'Sheba' reading

September 28, 2011 | 12:28 pm


Before she begins rehearsals for the Broadway-bound revival of "Funny Girl" at the Ahmanson Theatre, actress Lauren Ambrose will be tackling another theater project -- a one-night staged reading of "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba," adapted from the memoir by NPR journalist Jacki Lyden.

The Oct. 17 reading will take place at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse in New York and will benefit Fountain House, an organization devoted to people suffering from mental illness.

Actress Joan Allen will also participate in the reading.

"Sheba" is Lyden's memoir about growing up with a mother who struggled with manic depression. The script for the staged reading is by Lyden and Karen Croner. A film version of the book has been in development for a number of years.

Ambrose was recently cast in the lead role of "Funny Girl," a revival of the classic musical directed by Bartlett Sher that will debut at the Ahmanson in early 2012 before heading to Broadway. Bobby Cannavale will costar in the musical.


Lauren Ambrose is 'Funny Girl' at the Ahmanson Theatre

A Fanny Brice mini-tour of L.A.

Bobby Cannavale, an actor bloodied but unbowed

-- David Ng

Photo: Lauren Ambrose. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times