Kate Baldwin & Jason Danieley to Lead Broadway-Bound CAN CAN at Paper Mill Playhouse; Performances to Begin 10/1
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. 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.
Paper Mill Playhouse will launch this Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter's classic musical with producing partner Jonathan Burrows. 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?
"We're delighted to welcome Jason Danieley to our family and we couldn't be happier to have Kate Baldwin return to Paper Mill Playhouse," 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, so we're thrilled to launch the next Broadway revival here at Paper Mill Playhouse."
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. Subscriptions are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 973.379. 3717. Single tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 28, 2014. 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.
"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 was recently seen 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's American 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) and Candide (Theatre World Award and Drama Desk nominations). Danieley has been a part of the world premieres of Floyd Collins, Dream True, The Highest Yellow, Beauty and Secondhand Lions. This summer he will be appearing in Kander and Ebb and Terrence McNally's The Visit at Williamstown Theatre Festival.