Von Essen, Spore, and Silliman Set for TRTC's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
This will be the first authorized, fully-staged version of the musical in the U.S. since it premiered Off-Broadway in 1979. Adapted by Tony Award winner Sheldon Harnick from the 1964 award-winning French film of the same title, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg focuses on the star-crossed romance between Genevieve, a shop girl, and Guy, an auto mechanic, whose love is put to the test when he is drafted into military service. The show's score is by the Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand, and the TRTC production will feature new lyrics for the hit song "(If It Takes Forever) I Will Wait for You."
Von Essen (Guy) has been seen on Broadway in Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar; earlier this season, he co-starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Baker's Wife. Spore (Genevieve) numbers New York productions of The Fantasticks and Twelfth Night among her credits. Silliman, who will play Genevieve's mother, appeared in the original Off-Broadway production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and has been seen on Broadway in Shenandoah, I Remember Mama, and Is There Life After High School?