Howdy New York City: Linda Hart Reads One-Act at “Food for Thought” Series Jan. 13

Mister D: For those who don’t know…Linda Hart was one of Bette’s most prominent Harlettes and has played in bunches of Bette movies to boot. I had the pleasure of meeting her and her husband at the NY NY benefit . Turns out she has some Nashiville roots, too:-)

By Andrew Gans
January 11, 2003

Hairspray’s Linda Hart will take part in the “Food for Thought — Lunch Hour Theatre” series on Monday, Jan. 13.Hart, who currently stars as Velma Von Tussle in the hit musical Hairspray at the Neil Simon Theatre, will read Elmore Leonard’s one act play, When the Women Come Out to Dance, at 1 PM at the National Arts Club. Socorro Santiago, who has appeared in such films as “Music of the Heart,” “The Devil’s Advocate” and “Happiness,” will also take part in the reading. It’s a reunion of sorts for Hart and playwright Leonard — Hart starred as Fay Devoe in the 1995 film “Get Shorty,” which was based on the novel by Leonard.

Linda Hart received a Theatre World Award for her work in Lincoln Center’s Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes. Her other theatrical credits include Sid Caesar on Broadway, Surviving Grace, Livin’ Dolls, Light Up the Sky and Paper Moon. She appeared with Bette Midler in both Divine Madness and Detour, and her screen credits include “The Insider,” “Tin Cup,” “A Perfect World,” “Beautiful,” “Get Shorty,” “Stella,” Showtime,” “The First $20 Million,” “Gypsy,” “Queen,” “Texas Justice” and “Touched By An Angel.” Hart has also recorded 11 gospel albums with her Grammy Award-winning family, The Harts.

The National Arts Club is located in New York City at 15 Gramercy Park South. Tickets for the series are priced at $40, which includes lunch and the reading. Call (212) 362-2560 for reservations; visit for more information.

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