ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW: NYMPH ERRANT


 Tony Award winner Cady Huffman plays the roles of Miss Pratt, Clarissa and Mrs. Bamberg in Prospect Theater Company’s  new production of Cole Porter’s NYMPH ERRANT, featuring the original 1933 Porter score.

Huffman (The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies) joins a cast that also features Jennifer Blood (Maria in the Drury Lane’s The Sound of Music) as Evangeline Edwards, Sara Jayne Blackmore (White Noise, Growing Up 70s) as Henrietta, Laura Cook (Fiddler on the Roof national tour) as Joyce, Amy Jo Jackson (The Great Recession at The Flea) as Bertha and Aubrey Sinn (Prospect Theater Company’s Iron Curtain) as Madeline. Rounding out the company are Andrew Brewer, contemporary jazz and blues vocalist Natalie E. Carter, Sorab Wadia (Jihad! The Musical) and Abe Goldfarb (Hostage Song).

 From a Swiss boarding school to an Austrian nudist colony to a Turkish harem, we follow the worldwide escapades of pretty, young, prim Evangeline Edwards as she explores the world, including putting her feminine wiles to the test.

What a treat to see Huffman.  A hit in The Producers, here she is once again in fine form, with her powerful voice and sassy, commanding stage presence.  Blackmore turns in an appealing, come hither performance, particularly with the song The Boyfriend Back Home.  And, Brewer, making his NYC debut, though largely in the background in this show, has a beautiful singing voice, and is someone to keep an eye on.

The show could have gained from a little less camp, but the actors work hard, several of whom play multiple roles, not to mention swiftly moving props, etc. around in the intimate setting.

Cole Porter’s NYMPH ERRANT, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is adapted and  presented with a new libretto by Rob Urbinati (West Moon Street, previously produced by Prospect Theater Company) based on the novel by James Laver and the original libretto by Romney Brent.  Will Pomerantz (The Blue Flower, Dai) directs.

James Bassi (Lincoln Center’s Twelve Dreams) is the musical director. Brian Prather (Fugitive Songs, Fair Game) is the set designer. Cory Pattak (Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher) is the lighting designer. Whitney Locher (Barrow Street’s Cymbeline) is the costume designer. Jason Najjoum (Prospect Theater Company’s Myths and Hymns, Trouble The Musical) is the casting director.

Tickets ($50 – $65) are available online at www.ProspectTheater.org or by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250, or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office. Service charges and restoration fees will apply.  It is playing at the Clurman Theatre through July 29.