Life for ‘A Minister’s Wife’ in NYC

How did I miss this news?

From The New York Times‘ Arts Beat blog:

‘A Minister’s Wife,’ a Musical Version of ‘Candida,’ Is Headed to Lincoln Center Theater

A musical based on a George Bernard Shaw play? It’s worked in the past. To a 2010-2011 schedule that already includes a musical adaptation of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” the transfer of the life-size puppet play “War Horse” and John Guare’s long-awaited “Free Man of Color,” Lincoln Center Theater has added a new musical based on Shaw’s “Candida,” the theater company said on Wednesday. The musical, called “A Minister’s Wife,” tells the story of a minister and his wife, Candida, whose marriage is upended by a young poet; the adaptation is by Austin Pendelton (“Orson’s Shadow”), with music by Josh Schmidt (“Adding Machine”) and lyrics by Jan Tranen (“Night in Sarajevo”). It will be directed by Michael Halberstam, the artistic director and a co-founder of the Writers’ Theater in Glencoe, Ill., where the musical had its debut last year. The Lincoln Center Theater production will begin previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse theater on April 7 with an opening night planned for May 5. A cast has not yet been announced.

I caught Writers’ Theatre’s production last year, and adored it. In fact, it topped my top ten Chicago theatre list for 2009. I wonder who they’ll cast as the lead in NYC? My vote is on Melissa Errico. Let’s hope a cast recording transpires from transfer.

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