Tony nominees Marc Kudisch and Bobby Steggert are among the complete cast of Lincoln Center Theater’s forthcoming production of A Minister’s Wife, a new musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Candida. The production will begin performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre on April 7 and open on May 8, conceived and directed by Michael Halberstam.
In addition to Kudisch and Steggert, A Minister’s Wife will feature Jersey Boys alum Drew Gehling and actresses Liz Baltes and Kate Fry, both of whom appeared in the world premiere production of the musical at the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois in the spring of 2010. The show features a book by Austin Pendleton, music by Joshua Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen.
A Minister’s Wife is based on an 1898 version of Candida, which was revised by Shaw in 1930. The Reverend James Morell (Kudisch) and his wife, Candida (Fry), are happily married—or so they think—until a romantic young poet (Steggert) enters their life. The show explores the fires burning beneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary marriage.
Kudisch received Tony nominations for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie and has starred on Broadway in 9 to 5, Assassins, The Apple Tree, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Steggert received a Tony nomination for Ragtime and appeared on Broadway in 110 in the Shade and Master Harold...and the Boys. Off-Broadway credits include The Grand Manner and Yank!
LCT’s production of A Minister's Wife will have sets by Allen Moyer, costumes by David Zinn, lighting by Keith Parham, sound by Scott Stauffer, orchestrations by Joshua Schmidt and musical direction by Richard Carsey.