Kate Baldwin to Lead Off-Broadway Revival of Andrew Lippa's JOHN & JEN
The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company today announced that Kate Baldwin would star in a rare revival of John & Jen, the musical with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Greenwald and Lippa. This production will include the premiere of a new song, "Trouble with Men." Additional casting and designers to be announced shortly.
Kate Baldwin's Broadway credits include Big Fish, Finian's Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre; Drama Desk Award nomination.). Other NY credits: Opening Doors at Zankel Hall, five Encores!. Regional: Can Can (Paper Mill), A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Festival), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), The Women (Old Globe), The Music Man and South Pacific (Hayes nomination; Arena Stage), She Loves Me (IRNE nomination; Huntington Theatre/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Concerts: Chicago Humanities Festival, NSO, PSO and the American Songbook Series. TV: "Law & Order: SVU;" PBS: "Live From Lincoln Center: Stephen Sondheim's Passion." Recording: Let's See What Happens (PS Classics).
"I am thrilled to be working with the wonderful Kate Baldwin on John & Jen, Keen Company's second musical. Not only is Kate well versed in Andrew Lippa's music, but her emotional range and intelligence is a perfect fit for the complicated role of Jen. Andrew and Tom have been busy fine tuning the piece and I eagerly look forward to presenting this touching story in our intimate home at The Clurman on Theatre Row." said Jonathan Silverstein, Keen Artistic Director.
An early work from celebrated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, I Am Harvey Milk) and lyricist Tom Greenwald, John & Jen is an intimate story about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1995. The original cast recording was re-released by Ghostlight Records in digital form in 2012.
"It's beyond exciting to know that one of our foremost stage actresses is performing the role of Jen," said Lippa and Greenwald. "Kate will bring the perfect combination of warmth, strength and humor to the part. Not to mention that glorious voice!"
Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of John & Jen at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) will begin performances February 10th, with Opening Night set for February 26th.
Individual tickets are on sale now: $68.00 (plus a $1.25 Restoration Fee) or $85 for Premium Seating (includes Restoration Fee). To purchase tickets you may go to the Theatre Row Box Office, visit Telecharge.com or call 212/239-6200 (telephone and internet service charges will apply).
For more information, visit www.keencompany.org.