Tony Winner Donna Murphy Will Play Temperamental Diva on CBS' "The Mentalist"

By Andrew Gans
21 Mar 2013

Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy

Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy, seen in the summer staging of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, will guest star on the March 24 episode of CBS' "The Mentalist."

On the upcoming episode, which is entitled "Behind the Red Curtain," Murphy will play the role of Deandra Sutherland, who is described as a "once hugely popular Broadway star who is now fading and is a temperamental diva who is rumored to have a drinking problem."

The 60-minute program, which begins at 10 PM ET, is described as such: "A young actor in a local theater company dies the night before taking the stage in a starring role, and the CBI investigates the case. Meanwhile, a determined Jane seeks info about Red John from a man in a coma."

Murphy received the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical, along with the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, for playing Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion. She was awarded her second Tony and Drama League Awards, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her performance as Anna in the 1996 Tony Award winning revival of The King and I. In 2004, she was honored with the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards, the Drama League Outstanding Achievement Award for her work in Musical Theater, as well as another Tony nomination, for her comic turn as Ruth in the revival of Wonderful Town. She was also Tony-nominated for playing Lotte Lenya in the world premiere of LoveMusik, directed by Harold Prince. She was most recently seen on Broadway in a another Tony-nominated turn in The People in the Picture.



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