Based on the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore, “Ever After” shines with a star-studded cast — two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Emmy Award winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis, James Snyder as Prince Henry and Drama Desk Award nominee Margo Seibert as Danielle de Barbarac.
Seibert, whose performance is reminiscent of a young Carol Burnett (who also played a princess in Once Upon A Mattress), brings us a witty, wise and warm heroine, one who can sword fight and stand up to a band of gypsy thieves as well as an evil stepmother, played wickedly and wonderfully well by Ebersole.
In addition to two strong female leads by Seibert and Ebersole, there are two step-sisters — one evil and one not — played respectively by Mara Davi and Annie Funke, who both turn in memorable performances.
Snyder brings a strong voice to the complicated character of Prince Henry, who in this story is not altogether charming, though by the end he wins us over.
The cast is rounded by winning moments from Shaughnessy, Tony-Award nominee Tony Sheldon as yes, Leonardo da Vinci (we told you there was some twists) and Sean Martin Hingston as the leader of a hilarious pack of gypsies.
Ever After runs at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and range from $28 to $99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. Catch Ever After soon — it runs through Sunday, June 21.
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