"The Story Goes On": Baby Begins Previews at Paper Mill Playhouse

News   "The Story Goes On": Baby Begins Previews at Paper Mill Playhouse The 20th anniversary production of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's Baby begins performances at the Paper Mill Playhouse March 31.
Moeisha McGill as Lizzie in Paper Mill's Baby
Moeisha McGill as Lizzie in Paper Mill's Baby Photo by Jerry Dalia

With an official opening set for April 4, the musical — about three couples whose lives are affected in various ways by the prospect of having (or not having) a baby — will run through May 9.

Moeisha McGill, who recently starred in Off-Broadway's Who Wrote That?, plays Lizzie, opposite the Danny of Into the Woods' Chad Kimball. Norm Lewis — who just left the Broadway company of Chicago — and Once On This Island's La Chanze star as respectively, Nick and Pam. And, Broadway veterans Michael (Falsettos) Rupert and Carolee (Parade) Carmello play Alan and Arlene.

The principals are joined by Allison Briner, Bill E. Dietrich, Kelly Ellenwood, Rosena Hill, Brynn O'Malley, Erick Pinnick, Julian Reyes, Lois Sonnier and Lenny Wolpe. The latter starred as Dr. Ira Taub in the Paper Mill's recent mounting of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; he plays a fertility specialist in Baby.

Baby features direction by Mark S. Hoebee with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz. The production team also includes Michael Anania (sets), Thom Heyer (costumes), F. Mitchell Dana (lights) and Duncan Robert Edwards (sound). 

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. The Maltby/Shire score includes such tunes as "At Night She Comes Home to Me," "I Chose Right," "The Story Goes On," "Easier to Love," "Two People in Love," "With You," "I Want It All" and "And What If We Had Loved Like That." "Patterns," which was cut from the Broadway production but preserved on the show's original cast recording, can be heard in the Paper Mill production as well as a new song performed by the three lead women. The Paper Mill Playhouse 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.