MUSICALS IN MUFTI WINTER 2016
The Musicals in Mufti Series presents three to five concert revival readings of underappreciated Broadway musicals for 10 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 and Joseph Stein. Buy tickets for as low as $45!
DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
February 27 - March 6, 2016
A Musical Entertainment by MICKI GRANT
Conceived by VINNETTE CARROLL
Music Direction by WILLIAM FOSTER McDANIEL
Directed by LESLIE DOCKERY
Featuring JELANI ALLADIN, DARILYN CASTILLO, DOUG ESKEW, TINA FABRIQUE, MARVA HICKS, DEVIN L. ROBERTS, RAUN RUFFIN, DEBRA WALTON
"A hand-clapping, sky-reaching, body-swaying musical!" - The New York Times
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope illuminates the African-American experience through a dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock. With five 1972 Tony nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also earned Micki Grant a Grammy Award for Best Score—the first female to be so honored. Described as “a cultural pulse-taking of the challenges facing the black community in America,” it was the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman, and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American. T.E. Kalem, writing in TIME Magazine, exalted “All heaven breaks loose onstage!"