A Minister's Wife
Based on Candida by George Bernard Shaw
By Joshua Schmidt, Jan Tranen, Austin Pendleton
Directed by Michael McKelvey
March 28 - April 14, 2013
Featuring Jill Blackwood, Andrew Cannata, Amy Downing, Greg Holt and Nathan Jerkins
The award-winning composers of Adding Machine have teamed up again in this musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, Candida, about the self-assured sermonizer Reverend James Morell. Morell has it all – the respect of his peers, satisfaction in his divine calling and an enviable home life with his beautiful wife, Candida – until the young poet Marchbanks arrives and declares his love for Candida. Filled with lush melodies, sharp bouts of intellectual dueling and intimate emotional revelations, A Minister’s Wife challenges our assumptions about strength, love and marriage.
Penfold’s production is the first since A Minister’s Wife received its praised New York debut in April 2011. The Wall Street Journal called it “the most important new musical since The Light in the Piazza.” The Austin staging brings back director Michael McKelvey, whose past Penfold collaborations The Last 5 Years, John & Jen and I Love You Because received accolades from the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards.
In the news
"Stellar performances... This uncommonly beautiful new musical represents everything great about Austin theatre. Audiences won't be able to help themselves from loving A Minister's Wife."
-The Austin Chronicle
"A delicate, understated, and exceedingly beautiful piece with a score that is daring, challenging, dissonant, and astonishingly successful at pushing the musical genre into new territory."
-Broadway World Austin
"The quality of the music is excellent."
"The most important new musical since The Light in the Piazza. To say that you mustn't miss it is to grossly understate the case."
-The Wall Street Journal
Awards and honors
B. Iden Payne Award, featured actor in a musical, Nathan Jerkins
B. Iden Payne Award nomination, featured actress in a musical, Amy Downing
B. Iden Payne Award nomination, music direction, Michael McKelvey
Austin Lifestyle Magazine, Best Plays of 2013
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award, actor in a musical, Andrew Cannata
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award, actress in a musical, Jill Blackwood
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award, supporting actress in a musical, Amy Downing
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award nomination, supporting actor in a musical, Nathan Jerkins
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award nomination, direction of a musical, Michael McKelvey
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award nomination, music direction, Michael McKelvey & Steve Saugey
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award nomination, production of a musical
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, The Creative Fund, Dramatists Guild Fund