The Musicals in Mufti Series presents three to five concert revival readings of underappreciated Broadway musicals for 11 performances each. "Mufti" means "in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production," and each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. The series has celebrated such writers as Richard Rodgers, George Abbott, Jerry Herman, Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick, and, most recently, Jule Styne. Buy tickets for as low as $45.

WINTER 2019 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES CELEBRATING LEGENDARY LIBRETTIST AND LYRICIST ALAN JAY LERNER

Alan Jay Lerner, 1950

Our acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series (and recent recipient of an Obie Awards Grant) returns to The York! This season celebrating the centennial of legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (BrigadoonCamelotLove Life, and My Fair Lady).

CARMELINA

Music by BURTON LANE
Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Additional lyrics by BARRY HARMAN
Book by JOSEPH STEIN and ALAN JAY LERNER

January 26 - February 3, 2019

Original Broadway Poster
Original Broadway Poster

After previous sold-out Mufti runs in 1996 and 2006, the delightful  Carmelina makes its return to The York. In a picturesque Italian village, Carmelina has raised her teenage daughter to believe her father was an American who died heroically in World War II—all the while collecting child support checks from three American soldiers, each of whom thinks he is the girl’s father. Complications arise when all three soldiers show up at the same time for a reunion. Even though the original Broadway production only ran for 17 performances, the lush Lerner and Lane score received a 1979 Tony Award nomination for Best Score (losing to Sondheim's Sweeney Todd). The version of Carmelina presented here is the revised version created by Joseph Stein, Burton Lane, and Lerner protégé Barry Harman for The York in 1996, then further revised for a second Mufti presentation ten years later.

Dance a little closer

Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by CHARLES STROUSE
Based on the play Idiot's Delight by Robert E. Sherwood

FEBRUARY 9 - 17, 2019

Original Broadway Poster
Original Broadway Poster

On a New Year's Eve "in the avoidable future," the guests at the grand Alpine Barclay Palace Hotel find themselves in the midst of a potential nuclear Armageddon. Against this background, a washed-up lounge singer romances a phony English aristocrat.  The original Broadway cast included Len Cariou, Liz Robertson (the eighth and final Mrs. Lerner), George Rose, Brent Barrett, and Alyson Reed. After 25 previews and one opening night, the show closed abruptly. Despite its rocky history, however, this legendary piece of musical theatre history left behind a cast album revealing a score with some of Lerner’s most memorable and romantic lyrics as well as some of Strouse’s most sweeping and dynamic melodies.

Lolita, My Love

Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by JOHN BARRY 
Based on the book "Lolita" Vladimir Nabokov

FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 2019

Lolita Sheet Music Crop252

Based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita, My Love, 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 has stated that “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.” Nabokov himself has said “Mr. Lerner is most talented and an excellent classicist. If you have to make a musical of ‘Lolita,’ he is the man to do it”.