Skinner has departed the show at the York Theatre Company to recover from a recent injury. Schaffel, a Tony nominee for her performance in Jane Eyre, has assumed the role of Martha.
Directed by James Brennan with musical direction by Stan Tucker, the limited engagement of Ed Dixon's Fanny Hill is scheduled to play through March 26.
The Fanny Hill cast also features Nancy Anderson, Patti Allison, David Cromwell, Michael J. Farina, Gina Ferrall, Adam Monley, Christianne Tisdale and Tony Yazbeck. The creative team includes Michael Bottari and Ronald Case (scenic and costume design) and Phil Monat (lighting design).
Fanny Hill is based on the John Cleland novel and, according to press notes, is "the story of a beautiful but poor country girl who travels to London to make her fortune and ends up making a great deal more. . . the army, the navy and most of Parliament! In the face of big city trials and tribulations, our indefatigable heroine ends up giving new meaning to the expression 'making it' when she becomes the foremost practitioner of the world's oldest profession."
Marla Schaffel has been seen on Broadway in Jane Eyre, Titanic and Les Misérables as well as in the national tours of Evita, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway she was seen in Christina Alberta's Father and Enter the Guardsman, and her regional credits include Let Me Sing, They All Laughed, Lucky in the Rain, Glimmerglass, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Fool for Love and Top Girls. The York Theatre Company is located in St. Peter's Theatre, just east of Lexington Avenue on East 54th Street. Tickets, priced $55, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. For more information go to www.yorktheatre.org.