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York Theatre Company Announces Cast for Musicals in Mufti Presentation of "The Day Before Spring." Performacnes begin Feb 9.
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:40 pm EST 01/31/19

CAST ANNOUNCED!

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY’S
25th ANNIVERSARY WINTER 2019 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES
CELEBRATING THE ALAN JAY LERNER CENTENNIAL
PRESENTS
THE DAY BEFORE SPIRNG
BOOK AND LYRICS BY ALAN JAY LERNER
MUSIC BY FREDERICK LOEWE
MUSIC DIRECTION BY DAVID HANCOCK TURNER
DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY MARC ACITO

FEATURING JONATHAN CHRISTOPHER, MICHELLE LIU COUGHLIN,
NICOLAS DROMARD, JUDITH INGBER, KENT M. LEWIS, ALYSE ALAN LOUIS,
IAN LOWE, JESSE MANOCHERIAN, MADISON CLAIRE PARKS,
WILL REYNOLDS, AND BRITTANY SANTOS

11 PERFORMANCES ONLY
FEBRUARY 9 - 17, 2019
AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER’S

PLUS

SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS THAT INCLUDE
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE:
AN EVENING OF LERNER & LOEWE…AND FRIENDS
FEBRUARY 25, 2019, AT 7:00 P.M.

Celebrating the centennial of Alan Jay Lerner. The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, continues the 25th Anniversary of its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series celebrating the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, whose hundredth birthday was August 31, 2018. The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as -Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady.

For the second show in the 2019 Winter series, The York revisits one of Lerner and Loewe’s lesser-known gems: 1945’s The Day Before Spring, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by his longtime collaborator Frederick Loewe. Directed and adapted by Marc Acito (Allegiance), and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the 11-member cast will feature Jonathan Christopher (La Boheme) as Gerald Barker, Michelle Liu Coughlin (The King and I) as May Tompkins, Nicolas Dromard (Mary Poppins) as Bill Tompkins, Judith Ingber (Man of La Mancha), Kent M. Lewis (Billy Elliot) as Harry Scott/Ensemble, Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie) as Christopher Randolph, Ian Lowe (Murder for Two) as Eddie Warren/Ensemble, Jesse Manocherian (Marry Harry) as Alex Rutland, Madison Claire Parks (The Fantasticks) as Katherine Townsend, Will Reynolds (Daddy Long Legs) as Peter Townsend, and Brittany Santos (West Side Story).

A married woman attends a college reunion where she encounters the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame. With a score that was never recorded, moments of The Day Before Spring served as inspiration for such Lerner and Loewe classics as Gigi and My Fair Lady. Although the show was previously seen in a Mufti staging in 2007, this presentation will feature the full original score, recently rediscovered for a 2010 UK production—its first hearing in New York since 1945. Performances begin Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 17, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti features musical theatre gems performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format. This is the Muftis’ twenty-fifth historic year of presenting shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production.”

The production team includes Lighting Designer Stephen O’Shea, Production Manager Kevin Maloof, Production Stage Manager Chris Steckel and Assistant Stage Manager Kayla Santos. Casting for The Day Before Spring is by Carol Hanzel.

The Day Before Spring will play the following 11-performance schedule— First Week: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.; Second Week: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Closing out the popular Mufti series celebration is Lolita, My Love, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The musical, which originally closed in Boston in 1971, closely follows the legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins. For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen (Darling of the Day and The Day Before Spring in Mufti) has created a new script, edited together from Lerner’s assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. Haagensen said “now audiences will have a chance to hear Lolita on stage and decide for themselves what they think of this unquestionably daring musical that begins as a black comedy and ends in tragedy.” Lolita, My Love will be directed by Emily Maltby, with music direction by Deniz Cordell. Performances are set to begin Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through March 3, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Currently onstage at The York Theatre Company is the first production of three shows in the 2019 winter series: Carmelina, with music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, additional lyrics by Barry Harman, and book by Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner. Directed by Michael Leeds (Bette and Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway), and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the eight-member cast features Andréa Burns (In the Heights) in the eponymous title role, with Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill) as Roberto/Guitarist, MaryJoanna Grisso (West Side Story) as Gia Campbell/Hostess, Evan Harrington (Chicago) as Walter Braddock/Waiter, Anne L. Nathan (Once) as Rosa/Cook, Timothy John Smith (Candide) as Steve Karzinski/Waiter, Joey Sorge (Kinky Boots) as Vittorio Dela Marta/Eduard, and Jim Stanek (Fun Home; 7 York Muftis) as Carlton Smith/Waiter.

“York’s cast is outstanding… The tony nominated score is in fine hands! Lane’s Italian-drenched melodies sit well on the ear, and Lerner’s witty lyrics are, of course, exemplary.” - Forbes on Film and Footlights

“A well-staged, sweetly-performed and beautifully-sung production! I was happily serenaded by delightful tune after delightful tune. If you’ve never experienced a Mufti, then you can do no better than to luxuriate in Burton Lane’s outstanding melodies.” – Theater Pizzazz

“Enchanting! A stellar cast. A charming web woven by Alan Jay Lerner’s story and lyrics, and the melodious music of Burton Lane.” – The White Rhino Report

“Well-crafted, romantic, smart about relations between the sexes and gorgeously melodic. A wonderful score! A fun story that speaks eloquently of spiraling deception, fragile male egos, and parental responsibility. Old fashioned? Yep. Make it another old fashioned please!" - Talkin' Broadway

“A winning revival! Superbly cast… sweet and charming. Bravo to the York!” – Times Square Chronicles

SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS: Special events surrounding the Lerner celebration, will include Almost Like Being in Love: An Evening of Lerner & Loewe…and Friends on February 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., and two multimedia events presented by theater historian Charles Troy: The Creation of My Fair Lady set for Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and The Creation of Camelot on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Single tickets for the Winter 2019 Musicals in Mufti series are priced at $45 (Weekdays and Saturday nights) and $50 (Weekend matinees). York Member single tickets are priced at $31.50 (all performances). Single tickets for the Charles Troy multimedia presentations are priced at $20 for each event. Single tickets for Almost Like Being in Love are priced at $30.

“Musicals in Mufti” Package: see all three Muftis for $120 (any performance package) – up to a $30 savings.

BEST SAVINGS! Become a York Member: buy all three Muftis priced at $94.50 (any performance package) - a $55 savings. Add-on ticket prices for Charles Troy events are $15 for York! Members and $10 for York Plus! Members. Almost Like Being In Love prices are $20 York! Members and $15 for York Plus! Members only.

The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions, invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season, and discount parking with membership.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

York Theatre Company Gift Cards are available for any production during the 2018-2019 season by visiting the box office or calling (212) 935-5820, or online at www.yorktheatre.org

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org

The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Almost 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank!, which received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, recently opened to rave reviews in London as did York’s Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015 and subsequently transferred to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. Desperate Measures, the hit new musical from 2017, received a total of 14 award nominations that included “Best Musical” from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance and, subsequently, transferred across town to New World Stages. Unexpected Joy, which received its Off-Broadway premiere at the York, recently completed performances at London’s Southwark Playhouse. The acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get completed its run at The York on November 4th, and the World Premiere musical comedy, Christmas in Hell, just finished its sold-out run on December 30th.

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