Dixon, who is currently portraying the barkeep in the Zipper Theatre's production of Bebe Neuwirth's Here Lies Jenny, has been cast as the Headwaiter in the Paper Mill She Loves Me. A spokesperson for the theatre confirmed that Dixon will join the previously announced George S. Irving (as Mr. Maraczek) for the Bock and Harnick musical, which will play the New Jersey theatre Oct. 27-Dec. 5. Wood Romoff created the role of the Headwaiter in the original 1963 production of She Loves Me; Jonathan Freeman played the part in the Roundabout revival.
Broadway singer-actor-dancer James Brennan, who mounted the Paper Mill production of Sound of Music, will direct here as well. She Loves Me, based on a Miklos Laszlo play, features such tunes as "Dear Friend," "Vanilla Ice Cream," "Will He Like Me?" and the title tune.
The original She Loves Me production opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre April 23, 1963, playing 302 performances before closing Jan. 11, 1964. Directed by Harold Prince — with musical staging by Carol Haney — the cast included Barbara Baxley, Jack Cassidy, Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey, Ludwig Donath, Nathaniel Frey and Ralph Williams. The 1993 revival for the Roundabout Theatre Company began life at the Criterion Center/Stage Right before transferring to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Directed by Scott Ellis with musical staging by Rob Marshall, the cast included Jonathan Freeman, Boyd Gaines, Brad Kane, Judy Kuhn, Sally Mayes, Howard McGillin, Lee Wilkof and Louis Zorich.
Ed Dixon made his Broadway debut in the 1971 revival of No, No, Nanette. His other Main Stem credits include King of Schnorrers, The Three Musketeers, Les Misérables, Cyrano—The Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Iceman Cometh and Gore Vidal's the Best Man.
The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Call (973) 376-4343 for more information or visit www.papermill.org.