Paper Mill Playhouse to open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide.
This fresh new production features direction by David Lee (Frasier, Cheers) and choreography by Patti Colombo (Paper Mill’s Peter Pan, On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). The show features a book by Abe Burrows (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and a re-crafted script by Joel Fields (Ugly Betty, The Americans) and David Lee. Can-Can’s score features some of Cole Porter’s timeless classics including “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique,” “It’s All Right With Me” and more.
Paper Mill Playhouse is launching this Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter’s classic musical with producing partner Jonathan Burrows. Can-Can will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from October 1 through October 26, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, October 5, at 7:00pm. Can-Can is generously supported by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2014-2015 Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.
Pistache, a Parisian café owner, decides to feature the scandalous dance the Can-Can, but will her defiance of the law end her business and her love life? Can-Can was first presented at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre in 1953 by legendary producers Cy Feuer and Ernest H. Martin. The musical made an overnight sensation of Gwen Verdon. A 1960 film adaptation starred Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan.
Can-Can will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $28 to $99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.
“We’re delighted to bring Can-Can back to the Paper Mill Playhouse stage after more than 50 years,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. “Can-Can hasn’t been revived for the Broadway stage in over 30 years and we’re thrilled to launch the next Broadway revival right here at Paper Mill Playhouse.”
“Joel and I started collaborating on Can-Can at the Pasadena Playhouse over seven years ago,” David Lee explains. “With full permission of the Burrows and Porter estates the book has been updated without being modernized—Can-Can is still set in 1893—and although 90% rewritten it retains all of Abe Burrows' original characters and intent.”
Can-Can will star Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Broadway veteran Jason Danieley as Aristide. Ms. Baldwin returns to Paper Mill following her critically acclaimed performances in Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. Most recently Baldwin starred on Broadway in Big Fish as Sandra Bloom. She also appeared on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty.Ms. Baldwin received a Tony Award nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Sharon McLonergan in the revival of Finian’s Rainbow. Her television credits include Law & Order: SVU and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion for PBS.
Jason Danieley recently appeared on three different PBS broadcasts: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic in Carousel (Enoch Snow), Ring Them Bells, a celebration of Kander and Ebb, as well as NJTV’sAmerican Songbook at NJPAC (the last two with his wife, Marin Mazzie). Broadway roles include Next to Normal (also with Mazzie), Curtains (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Full Monty (also on the West End) andCandide (Theatre World Award and Drama Desk nomination). Danieley has been a part of the world premieres of Floyd Collins, Dream True, The Highest Yellow, Beauty and Secondhand Lions. This summer he appears in Kander and Ebb and Terrence McNally's The Visit at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Michael Berresse (Hilaire Jussac) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he last appeared as Diesel in West Side Story. Berresse was seen on Broadway in A Chorus Line, Light in the Piazza, Kiss Me, Kate (Tony Award nomination), Fascinating Rhythm, Carousel and more. His film and television credits include The Bourne Legacy, State of Play, AI, Jeffrey, The Next Step, Crossbones and Law & Order.
Greg Hildreth (Boris Adzinidzinadze) performed in the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Hildreth originated the role of Jean-Michel in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway. Michael Kostroff (Jean-Louis) appeared on HBO's hit television series The Wire and on The Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance.
Before performing on Broadway in The Nance, Kostroff was seen at Paper Mill Playhouse in Les Misérables and Lend Me a Tenor as well as the US tours of Les Miserables and The Producers. Mark Price (Hercule) was featured on Broadway in Mary Poppins, All Shook Up, Wonderful Town, Dance of the Vampires and others. Price was seen at Paper Mill Playhouse in Lend Me a Tenor.
Justin Robertson reprises the role of Étienne, which he played in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Can-Can. Robertson appeared in Music Theatre of Wichita’s productions of The Little Mermaid, My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha. Megan Sikora (Claudine) was last seen at Paper Mill Playhouse as Ado Annie in Oklahoma. Her Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Curtains,Wicked and others.