Photos by Paul Kolnik
95 minutes (no intermission)
"The most important new musical since The Light in the Piazza has come to New York. A Minister's Wife, in which Austin Pendleton, Joshua Schmidt and Jan Levy Tranen took a classic play by George Bernard Shaw and made it better, opened two years ago at Chicago's Writers' Theatre. Now this exquisite musical version of "Candida" has transferred to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in a production staged with immaculate grace by Michael Halberstam, who conceived the show and directed its original Chicago production. To say that you mustn't miss it is to grossly understate the case."
-- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
A MINISTER'S WIFE, a new musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Candida, is set in London in the swirl of a love triangle among energetic, admired Socialist clergyman, Reverend James Morell, his strong-willed and beautiful wife, Candida, and an idealistic young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who, infatuated with Candida, aims to win her love.
Marc Kudisch, last seen at Lincoln Center Theater as the leader of The Glorious Ones, played Morell. Bobby Steggert, who charmed audiences as young "Pete Gurney" in The Grand Manner, was Marchbanks. Kate Fry, who played Candida to great acclaim in the original Chicago production in 2009, repeated her role here. Also in the cast were Liz Baltes and Drew Gehling.
Austin Pendleton adapted the Shaw classic, and Michael Halberstam, who staged the Chicago production at his Writers' Theater in Glencoe, directed. The dazzling score is by Joshua Schmidt (Adding Machine), with lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen.