Apple Tree — with Chenoweth and Gets — May Grow on Broadway in the Fall

News   Apple Tree — with Chenoweth and Gets — May Grow on Broadway in the Fall The Apple Tree, one of the highlights of last season's City Center Encores! series, may be headed back to Broadway.

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Malcolm Gets, who co-starred opposite Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth in the Encores! mounting, told Playbill.com columnist Michael Buckley, "Producers are ready to move [The Apple Tree] to Broadway. It was delayed because Kristin was on 'West Wing,' but now that's canceled. They're talking about how many players they need in the orchestra. We should be on Broadway in the fall or next spring."

Tony winner Michael Cerveris was also part of the Encores! staging; Cerveris can currently be seen in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd.

Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's The Apple Tree, which featured a Tony-winning performance by Barbara Harris, opened at the Shubert Theatre in October 1966, playing 463 performances before closing Nov. 25, 1967. It also starred Larry Blyden and Alan Alda. Mike Nichols directed the musical, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jerome Coopersmith provided additional material. The original orchestrations were by Eddie Sauter.

The show is divided into three one-acts, all twisty comic-melodramatic tales of star-crossed romantic relationships. The first is based on a Mark Twain telling of the Adam and Eve story. The second, based on a work by Frank R. Stockton, is called "The Lady or the Tiger?" and the third is the Jules Feiffer-inspired "Passionella."

Songs include "Here in Eden," "Eve," "The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit)," "It's a Fish," "Go to Sleep Whatever You Are," "What Makes Me Love Him," "I'll Tell You A Truth," "Make Way," "I've Got What You Want," "Tiger, Tiger," "Oh, to Be a Movie Star," "Gorgeous,""(Who, Who, Who, Who) Who Is She?," "Wealth," and "You Are Not Real." Malcolm Gets was most recently on Broadway in the short-lived Michel Legrand musical Amour. His other New York theatre credits include Finian's Rainbow, The Molière Comedies, Boys and Girls, A New Brain, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, Two Gentlemen of Verona and the City Center Encores! productions of The Apple Tree and The Boys From Syracuse. He spent four years as Richard on TV's "Caroline in the City," and his other screen credits include "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" and "Love in the Time of Money." Gets can be heard on Barbara Cook's "Mostly Sondheim" CD and can be seen in the new romantic comedy "Adam & Steve."

Kristin Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, has been seen on the New York stage in The Fantasticks, Scapin, Steel Pier, A New Brain, Epic Proportions, Strike Up the Band, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Apple Tree and Candide. The actress won her Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth recently released her second solo recording, "As I Am" (Sony Classical), and her screen credits include "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Pink Panther," "Asphalt Beach," "Running with Scissors" and "Stranger Than Fiction."

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Michael Buckley's March 12 "Channeling Theatre" column will feature a full interview with Malcolm Gets.

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