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Post-‘Pippin,’ Andrea Martin juggles memoir, plays

Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin.

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Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin.

NEW YORK — Andrea Martin may have two Broadway plays lined up but she also has a day job — author.

The freshly minted Tony Award-winner for her dazzling work in ‘‘Pippin’’ said Tuesday she’s rushing to finish her memoir by the publisher’s March 17 deadline. ‘‘I’m carrying on — I’m now on page 280 — and I have literally nothing about my career,’’ she said, laughing.

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The collection of stories will be called ‘‘Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts’’ and will be published by Harper Collins in September. ‘‘Now I’m scurrying,’’ said Martin, a native of Portland, Maine.

In the meantime, Martin will be starring alongside Santino Fontana, Chuck Cooper, and Tony Shalhoub in ‘‘Act One,’’ a play adapted and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography of a theater legend, writer and director Moss Hart.

Martin plays several roles, including Hart’s tragic aunt, a literary agent, and writer Beatrice Kaufman. Previews begin March 20 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center with an opening set for April 17.

She read Hart’s 450-page memoir on a flight from Los Angeles to New York and fell in love. ‘‘I’m so thrilled to be in it. If you’re in the theater, it almost feels like you’re passing on a legacy. It feels like an important thing to do.’’

Martin is also the first star announced in the revival of Michael Frayn’s Tony-nominated farce ‘‘Noises Off,’’ which is set to begin performances in January 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

Martin, 67, was a joy to watch in the circus-themed revival of ‘‘Pippin’’ as she twirled on a trapeze high above the stage. ‘‘I wanted to prove to myself and everybody that there was still a reason to get up in the morning and to keep going,’’ she said.

Martin, who also won a Tony for ‘‘My Favorite Year,’’ has many Broadway credits, including ‘‘Young Frankenstein,’’ “Oklahoma!,’’ and ‘‘Candide.’’ The Emmy winner and veteran of ‘‘SCTV’’ recently wrapped a season of the Canadian sitcom ‘‘Working the Engels.’’ Her film roles include parts in ‘‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’’ and ‘‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch.’’

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