Lewis told Playbill On-Line columnist Wayman Wong, "[La Chanze and I are] getting ready to do Baby at the Paper Mill Playhouse. We’re playing Nick and Pam." A Paper Mill spokesperson could not confirm the casting at press time. Lewis, who joined the Broadway company of Chicago Feb. 2, will stay with the Kander and Ebb musical through March 21.
Lewis, who recently appeared in the benefit Children of Eden concert, has been seen on Broadway in The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who’s Tommy. His Off-Broadway credits include Captains Courageous and A New Brain, and he has toured with Once on This Island and Four Score & Seven Years Ago. Lewis’ other theatrical credits include the all-star Dreamgirls concert, the City Center Encores! production of Golden Boy and regional productions of Pippin and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
La Chanze made her Broadway debut — as R. Lachanze Sapp — in the musical revue Uptown . . . It’s Hot. Her other Broadway credits include the revival of Dreamgirls as well as Company, Ragtime and Once On This Island; she received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the latter. Off-Broadway La Chanze was seen in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and The Vagina Monologues.
Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s musical Baby — about three couples whose lives are affected in various ways by the prospect of having (or not having) a baby — will play the Paper Mill March 31-May 9. The 20th anniversary production will be directed by Mark S. Hoebee. The musical — with a book by Sybile Pearson — played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 8, 1983-July 1, 1984. The original cast included Liz Callaway, Todd Graff, James Congdon, Martin Vidnovic, Beth Fowler and Catherine Cox.
Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Tickets, priced $30-$67, are available by calling (973) 376 4343. For more information visit www.papermill.org.