Musicals Tonight!, the scrappy Off-Broadway showcase for lesser-known or rarely-revived musicals, serves the Joseph Stein Stan Daniels show, So Long, 174th Street, for a benefit Feb. 24-25 in Manhattan.
George S. Irving repeats his Broadway role and sings the bawdy cult hit, "The Butler's Song," and composer-lyricist Daniels will sing the role of Mr. Foreman. The musical is based on Stein's 1963 play, Enter Laughing, which was based on a fictionalized 1958 memoir by Carl Reiner.
The show focuses on David Kolowitz (played by Josh Prince), who wants to break away from the Bronx and get into show business, much to the chagrin of his parents, who want him to be a druggist. The 7 PM performances, at $75 per ticket, will benefit the nonprofit Musicals Tonight!
The cast includes Prince (as David, a role originated by Robert Morse), Julia Murney, Kenny Raskin, Jana Robbins, David Sabella, KT Sullivan, Liz Casasola, Matthew Ellison, Andrew Gitzy, Rachel Hale, Liz Muller and Ed Prostak.
So Long, 174th Street was the second show staged in concert by Musicals Tonight!, which presents on the Mainstage of the 14th Street YMHA at 344 E. 14th Street. A reception will be held after, with cast, audience and the creators. For ticket information, call (212) 362-5620.
— By Kenneth Jones