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, Jule Styne, and, most recently, Alan Jay Lerner. Buy tickets for as low as $45.
WINTER 2019 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES CELEBRATING the centennial of LEGENDARY LIBRETTIST AND LYRICIST ALAN JAY LERNER
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 (Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady). The series will include CARMELINA, THE DAY BEFORE SPRING, and LOLITA, MY LOVE, as well as 2 multimedia events by theater historian Charles Troy honoring Lerner and Frederick Loewe's MY FAIR LADY and CAMELOT, plus a one-night-only concert, ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE: THE SONGS OF LERNER AND LOEWE... AND FRIENDS! Scroll down to read everything this Mufti Series has to offer this season!
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Lolita, My Love
FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 2019
Edited by ERIK HAAGENSEN
Music Direction by DENIZ CORDELL
Based on the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
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 edited together a new script 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”.
the day before spring
FEBRUARY 9 - 17, 2019
Music Direction by DAVID HANCOCK TURNER
Directed and Adapted by MARC ACITO
The York revisits one of Lerner and Loewe’s lesser known gems with the short-lived 1945 The Day Before Spring. A married woman attends a college reunion where she meets 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. This production will feature all of the songs from the original score after recently being discovered for a 2010 UK production.
This will mark the first hearing of the original score in New York since it closed on Broadway in 1946!
JANUARY 26 - February 3, 2019
Music Direction by DAVID HANCOCK TURNER
Directed by MICHAEL LEEDS
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.
AND DON'T MISS THESE SPECIAL EVENTS
"almost like being in love": An evening of LERNER & LOEWE...and friends!
monday, february 25, at 7 p.m.
Continuing our Mufti celebration, The York presents a one-night only concert dedicated to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe – and a number of other composers with whom Lerner collaborated including Burton Lane, Kurt Weill, Charles Strouse, John Barry, and Andre Previn. The evening will include such showstoppers and standards as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," and, of course, "Almost Like Being Love", plus select songs from the never-produced movie musical, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which Lerner wrote with his Carmelina writing partner Burton Lane.
$20 for york members and Mufti Subscribers
$15 for york plus! members
IN PHILLY, BOSTON OR BALTIMO'
saturday, march 2, at 5 p.m.
Broadway press agent Josh Ellis and critic Peter Filichia will regale York audiences with stories of their first-hand experiences of out-of-town musical tryouts (including Lolita, My Love's stormy out-of-towner).
special multimedia presentations celebrating two of Lerner and loewe's most endearing musicals:
Monday, February 4th, at 7 p.m.
We’ll celebrate this universally beloved show, which many consider the greatest musical of all time, by following its long journey from its beginnings as Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion and then as a popular 1938 film. Then we'll learn how Lerner and Loewe managed to fashion this difficult material – an intellectual drawing room comedy – into such a stunning musical theatre triumph.