Casting Complete for Two River Production of Umbrellas of Cherbourg in NJ

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Complete casting has been announced for the Two River Theater Company's production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which begins performances at the New Jersey theatre Sept. 22.
Max von Essen
Max von Essen

Joining the previously announced Max von Essen as Guy will be Heather Spore as Genevieve, Maureen Silliman as Madame Emery, Ken Krugman as Cassard, Patti Perkins as Aunt Elise and Robyn Payne as Madeleine with Jonathan C. Kaplan, Joshua Furr, Steven Stein Grainger, Brett Rigby, Kate Sortino and Sara DeLaney. The limited engagement — directed by Jonathan Fox — will officially open Sept. 24 and will play through Oct. 16. Umbrellas is adapted from the 1964 Jacques Demy film that starred Catherine Deneuve and featured a score by Amour's Michel Legrand. The stage version was originally presented by the Public Theater in 1979; the upcoming production — with music by Legrand and French lyrics by Demy — features an English stage adaptation by Sheldon Harnick in association with Charles Burr.

In a statement, director Fox said, "We’re very honored to present the first stage version of this beautiful musical in 25 years. I can’t think of a more exciting way to open the premiere season in our new facility."

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, according to production notes, "is a passionate sung-through tale of two star-crossed lovers — Genevieve (Spore), a shop girl and Guy (von Essen), an auto mechanic — whose love is put to the test when Guy is drafted into military service."

The creative team also includes Ginger Thatcher (choreography), Nathan Hurwitz (music direction), Neil Prince (set design), Moira Shaughnessy (costume design), Aaron Black (lighting design) and Zach Williamson (sound design).

Umbrellas will play Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Two River Theater Company is located at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, NJ. Tickets, priced $32-$48, are available by calling (732) 345-1400 or by visiting

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