Monday, January 27, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
Special 2:30 p.m. preview matinee added
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On a deserted city street in winter, a group of ragged Revelers perform a modern version of the ancient ritual battle between Winter and Summer, the Young and the Old. Inspired by Peter Brook and Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, CELEBRATION, which opened on Broadway 51 years ago, now makes its return to New York in a concert at The York Theatre. This newly rewritten version, staged in 2016 by the New Line Theatre in St. Louis, was hailed by the critics (see quotes below). Bawdy, touching, full of surprises, CELEBRATION is a major milestone in Jones and Schmidt’s search to find new forms for the American musical.
“Part fable, part love triangle, and part hippie/Brechtian/Fantasticks lovein, this seldom seen show succeeds brilliantly.”
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong (York’s recent concert of I Do! I Do! and multiple Musicals in Mufti including Plain & Fancy), with music direction by Deniz Cordell (Muftis of Panama Hattie and Lolita, My Love), the cast will feature Fred Applegate (The Producers, Sister Act) as Rich, Samantha Bruce (The Fantasticks, York’s concert of I Do! I Do!) as Angela, Matt Dengler (The Visit, Mufti of Harold and Maude) as Orphan, and Nick Wyman (The Phantom of the Opera, York’s Desperate Measures) as Potemkin, with Joy Del Valle, Gabriella Mack, Noah Mogaka, and Rafael Rodriguez as the Revelers.