Few performers ever get to recreate a signature stage role on film, but Miriam Shor was among the lucky ones when she was tapped to play the Croatian-born aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in the feature fi...
It looks like ABC's pilot, Good Christian Bitches, has a pretty good chance of making it into the fall rotation. Now, they've rounded out their cast with familiar face and Broadway star, Kristen Chenoweth for the Darren Starr produced primetime soap.
Set in Dallas, the steamy drama will have Chenoweth as Darlene alongside Leslie Bibb as the protagonist, Amanda. Bibb's character is forced to move back to her hometown after a scandal destroys her marriage. She's since grown out of her catty high school ways, but it seems that her old classmates have kept it going and from the looks of things, they're going to giver her a whole lot of hell. ABC will make the final decision in May to keep or toss this pilot, but I think that this Desperate Housewives 2.0: Meaner and Bitchier show is probably going to be just fine.
The show has also nabbed Annie Potts (Men In Trees, Joan of Arcadia), Miriam Shor (Damages), and Marisol Nichols (24) to round out the gaggle of good Christian bitches.
Cast as Mary in the Kennedy Center production of "Merrily We Roll Along"
Reprised Yitzhak in Off-Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Returned to sitcoms playing supporting role in the short-lived NBC series "Inside Schwartz", starring Breckin Meyer
Reprised stage role of Yitzhak in the film version of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"; premiered at Sundance where film won several awards
Originated role of Yitzhak, a Croatian roadie/backup singer, in stagings of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
At age 19, obtained union card (Actors Equity) with appearance in "A Man for All Seasons" at a Connecticut theater (date approximate)
Acted in the remake of "Bedazzled"
After parents' divorce divided time between Italy and Detroit, Michigan
TV series debut as regular playing the best friend of a newly single woman who becomes involved with a younger man in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Then Came You"
After graduating from college, moved to NYC
Film debut in "Flushed"
Spent early years living in Venice, Italy where her father was studying on a Fulbright scholarship
Toured as a chorus member of "Fiddler on the Roof", starring Theodore Bikel
Played the college roommate of the heroine of "Let It Snow/Snow Day"; premiered at Sundance; released theatrically in 2001
Few performers ever get to recreate a signature stage role on film, but Miriam Shor was among the lucky ones when she was tapped to play the Croatian-born aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in the feature film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001). As with her acclaimed stage take on the part, many were duped into believing that this attractive brunette was really a man.<p>Although born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miriam Shor spent her formative years in Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. Even after her parents' divorce, she divided her time between Detroit, Michigan (where her mother settled) and Venice, Italy (where her father was living). Around age 12, Shor watched her older sister in a high school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and found her calling. Active in the arts in high school, she was among the first people in the newly formed BFA theater program at the University of Michigan. Even before her junior year, Shor scored her union card when she was cast in an Equity production of "A Man for All Seasons" in Connecticut. Like many, she headed for the Big Apple after graduating college.<p>Unlike most struggling actors, Shor didn't have to fall back on waiting tables; in fact, within days of her arrival in NYC, she landed a spot in the chorus of a touring edition of "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Theodore Bikel. In 1994, she hooked up with composer Stephen Trask and actor John Cameron Mitchell and debuted as Yitzhak in workshops of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". Playing a male with desires to be a drag queen who ends up married to the titular frontwoman for a rock band, Shor landed a gift of a part. Most audience members who saw the show in its various incarnations could not believe that it was actually a woman playing the long-haired, bearded, embittered roadie/backup singer. She remained with the project through its various incarnations, including a triumphal 1998 Off-Broadway opening and the 2001 feature adaptation.<p>As if to prove she wasn't just a one-character wonder, though, Shor found work in films and TV. She offered a fine comic turn as the leading lady's college roommate in the Sundance-screened "Let It Snow/Snow Day" (2000) and made her TV series debut as the irreverent sidekick to a woman involved with a much younger man in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Then Came You" (also 2000). Shor was cast as a sultry hostess in the remake of "Bedazzled" and made a second attempt at TV stardom as the title character's confidante and potential love interest in "Inside Schwartz" (NBC, 2001). Despite mixed reviews (most of which praised the actress' work), that series was cancelled after only nine airings. Undoubtedly, Shor would eventually find a role equal to that of Yitzhak, whether it be on stage or screen.
professor at Wayne State University; divorced from Shor's mother; lived in Venice, Italy for many years
older; when Shor was 12, she saw her sister in a school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and decided then to become an actress
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Ferndale High School
On her "Hedwig" character, Shor told the Detroit Free Press (March 29, 2000): "Yitzhak's sort of a Croatian mixture of Barbra Streisand and Axl Rose."