Can you do the Can-Can? Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley can! The two will star in the previously announced Broadway-bound production of Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse, as Pistache and Danieley respectively. The classic Cole Porter musical, with a book by Abe Burrows and a re-crafted script by Joel Fields and David Lee, will open the New Jersey theater’s 2014-15 season. The show will run from October 1 through October 26, with opening night set for October 5. Lee will direct the new production with choreography by Patti Colombo. Further casting will be announced later.
Baldwin received a Tony nomination for her performance in Finian’s Rainbow. She has also appeared on Broadway in Big Fish, Wonderful Town and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her previous Paper Mill credits include Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. Danieley’s Broadway credits include Curtains, Candide and The Full Monty, as well as the closing cast of Next to Normal opposite his wife, Marin Mazzie. He recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Carousel.
Can-Can tells the story of Pistache, a female Parisian café owner who decides to feature the ever-so-scandalous Can-Can dance. Will her defiance of the law end her business—and love life? The tuner features classic Porter numbers including “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique” and “It’s All Right With Me.” The show premiered on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted for film in 1960.