The York Theatre Company’s Musicals in Mufti presentation of The Day Before Spring, one of three Alan Jay Lerner musicals presented this winter to celebrate the late librettist and lyricist’s centenary, begins performances February 9.
Directed and adapted by Marc Acito (Allegiance), with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the limited engagement will continue through February 17.
The cast includes Jonathan Christopher (La Boheme) as Gerald Barker, Michelle Liu Coughlin (The King and I) as May Tompkins, Nicolas Dromard (Mary Poppins) as Bill Tompkins, Judith Ingber (Man of La Mancha), Kent M. Lewis (Billy Elliot) as Harry Scott/Ensemble, Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie) as Christopher Randolph, Ian Lowe (Murder for Two) as Eddie Warren/Ensemble, Jesse Manocherian (Marry Harry) as Alex Rutland, Madison Claire Parks (The Fantasticks) as Katherine Townsend, Will Reynolds (Daddy Long Legs) as Peter Townsend, and Brittany Santos (West Side Story).
The Day Before Spring has book and lyrics by Lerner and music by his longtime collaborator, Frederick Loewe.
In the 1945 musical a married woman attends a college reunion where she encounters 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.
Although the show was previously seen in a Mufti staging in 2007, this presentation features the full original score, recently rediscovered for a 2010 U.K. production—its first hearing in New York since 1945.
Musicals in Mufti stagings feature musical theatre gems performed in a simply staged, book-in-hand concert format.
The production team includes lighting designer Stephen O’Shea, production manager Kevin Maloof, production stage manager Chris Steckel, and assistant stage manager Kayla Santos. Casting is by Carol Hanzel.
The series will conclude with Lolita, My Love (February 23–March 3).