Whoever Polly Pen's Night Governess is, she must have spent some time aboard Broadway's Titanic. The cast of Pen's new musical, which began performances at Princeton, NJ's McCarter Theatre May 2 and will run through May 21, sports four veterans of Titanic's original cast, as well as several other seasoned Broadway and Off-Broadway talents. Featured in the eight-person cast are Judith Blazer, John Jellison, Robert Sella, Danny Gurwin, Erin Hill, Mary Stout, Alma Cuervo and Danielle Ferland.
Blazer, Jellison, Cuervo and Hill all starred in Titanic. Blazer recently appeared in the Drama Dept.'s hit production of George Kelly's The Torchbearers. Jellison was in the original casts of the recent On the Town revival and Paul Simon's The Capeman. Erin Hill, meanwhile, was Lulu in Broadway's Cabaret. Cuervo starred as Mrs. Strauss in Titanic.
Sella is best known for creating the role of Clifford in Side Man. He also served a stint in Cabaret. Gurwin's many Off-Broadway credits include The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Captains Courageous, A Majority of One, Kuni-Leml, A New Brain and Shakespeare's R&J.
Ferland, who created the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, was most recently scene in Tartuffe in Central Park.
Pen's The Night Governess, inspired by the Louisa May Alcott thriller "Behind the Mask," is the darkly comic story of a quiet young woman who comes to teach a household in the art of manipulation as she twists each family member to her own designs. Pen workshopped the musical at the McCarter in November 1998 with Judith Blazer, Alma Cuervo (Titanic ) and Emily Skinner (Side Show) in the cast. Lisa Peterson will direct. --By Robert Simonson