Lincoln Center to Produce N.Y. Premiere of A Minister's Wife; a Musical Take on Candida

News   Lincoln Center to Produce N.Y. Premiere of A Minister's Wife; a Musical Take on Candida
 
A Minister's Wife, a new musical by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton, Joshua Schmidt and Jan Tranen, will arrive Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in April 2011.
Austin Pendleton
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Based on George Bernard Shaw's Candida, the musical received its premiere at the Writer's Theatre in Glencoe, IL, in May 2009. Writer's Theatre artistic director Michael Halberstam, who conceived the production and staged the premiere, will helm the New York bow of the musical. Previews April 7, 2011, prior to an official opening May 5, 2011. Tony-nominated actor and director Pendleton, who also wrote Orson's Shadow and Uncle Bob, penned the adaptation of Shaw's original 1898 version of Candida that has a score by Adding Machine composer Schmidt and lyrics by Tranen.

Here's how LCT bills the work: "A Minister's Wife explores the fires burning beneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary marriage: The Revered James Morrell and his wife, Candida, are happily married – or at least they think – until a romantic young poet enters their life, turning their world upside-down."

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