Malcolm Gets, Paolo Montalban, Jessica Phillips, Kate Shindle, Wesley Taylor Join Lineup for Baby Concert
By Andrew Gans
Casting is now complete for the Transport Group's one-night-only, all-star concert version of Baby, which will be hosted by Liz Callaway and Todd Graff, who received Tony Award nominations for their performances in the original Broadway production of that 1983 musical.
Directed by Jack Cummings III with musical direction by Chris Haberl, the concert is scheduled for June 18 at 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street.
Newly announced for the evening are Jill Abramovitz, Patrick Boll, John Bolton, Robert Creighton, Christina DeCicco, Jeffry Denman, Malcolm Gets, Colin Hanlon, James Hindman, Rachel Bay Jones, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Daniel C. Levine, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Paolo Montalban, Jessica Phillips, Charlie Pollock, Leenya Rideout, Kate Shindle, Alexandra Silber, Ali Stroker, Wesley Taylor, Christianne Tisdale, Kate Wetherhead and Betsy Wolfe.
These artists join the previously reported Nancy Anderson, Sebastian Arcelus, Stanley Bahorek, Courtney Balan, Stephanie J. Block, Andrea Burns, Alan Campbell, Lewis Cleale, Jenny Fellner, Santino Fontana, Jonathan Hammond, Ann Harada, Morgan James, Lauren Kennedy, Julia Murney, Kerry O'Malley, Jill Paice, Mamie Parris, Bryce Ryness, Meredith Ryness, Brian Sears, Cheryl Stern, Bob Stillman and Josh Young.
David Shire and Richard Maltby will join Callaway and Graff and other original cast members for a discussion following the performance.
In Baby, according to Transport Group, "three couples, each newly expecting a child, have different but familiar reactions to the life-changing news of pregnancy. Lizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together. Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating abortion while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. Throughout the show they experience the emotional stresses and triumphs— the desperate lows and the comic highs—that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby."
Artistic director Cummings III said in a previous statement, "Baby has always been one of my absolute favorite musicals and Transport Group is thrilled to revisit this beautiful score and story that is funny, timeless, and deeply poignant. We’re excited to be gathering a star-studded group of actors to pay tribute to the stunning achievement of Baby and all the original artists who created this magnificent show.”
Baby, with a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire and a book by Sybile Pearson, played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 8, 1983-July 1, 1984. The original cast boasted 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."
Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.transportgroup.org or by phoning (212) 564-0333.
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