Wonderful Town Sister Cast in Paper Mill's She Loves Me

News   Wonderful Town Sister Cast in Paper Mill's She Loves Me Nancy Anderson, who has been playing the role of Eileen since Jennifer Westfeldt departed the Broadway company of Wonderful Town, has been cast in the upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production of She Loves Me.
Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson

Anderson will star as Ilona Ritter in the musical, which will play the New Jersey theatre Oct. 27-Dec. 5. A spokesperson for the theatre confirmed that Anderson will join the previously announced George S. Irving (as Mr. Maraczek) and Ed Dixon (as the Headwaiter). Barbara Baxley created the role of Ilona in the original 1963 production; Sally Mayes played the role in the Roundabout's 1993 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.

Nancy Anderson is currently playing Eileen Sherwood in Wonderful Town. She made her Broadway debut as Mona in A Class Act and starred in the West End production of Kiss Me, Kate as Lois/Bianca. Off-Broadway she was seen in Jolson & Co. and Fables in Slang. Anderson's regional theatre credits include Fanny Hill, Nicolette and By Jeeves.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Call (973) 376-4343 for more information or visit www.papermill.org.