Directed by Karen Carpenter, The Housewives' Cantata will play the Off-Broadway venue through Oct. 23. The cast features Mark Campbell (Mamma Mia!), Kerry Conte (The Irish and How They Got That Way), Jennifer Hughes (The Light in the Piazza) and Anne Tolpegin (A Tale of Two Cities).
The Mufti series will continue with Tomfoolery (Oct. 28-30).
Performances are Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 PM; and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 PM (with talkbacks following all 2:30 PM performances). Detailed show information follows.
The Housewives' Cantata
Music by Mira J. Spektor (Villa Diodati)
Lyrics by June Siegel (A My Name is Alice)
Directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore)
"Meet the 'real housewives' of musical theatre, long before the ladies of Bravo and Wisteria Lane graced your TV screens. The Housewives' Cantata is an empowering cabaret-style revue that The New York Times called 'a sprightly songfest' when it opened Off-Broadway in 1981 (produced by the legendary Cheryl Crawford). This sung-through musical follows the stories of three women, one of whom takes a tremendous journey to become the first female President of the United States."
The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer
Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray
Musical Arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher
Directed by Pamela Hunt (The Musical of Musicals)
"Tomfoolery offers a witty and wicked look at the works of famed satirical songwriter (and Harvard math professor) Tom Lehrer. Pushing boundaries in a playful way, Lehrer's songs have delightfully skewered the world for over 50 years." Song titles include "The Old Dope Peddler," "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" and "The Vatican Rag." Tickets for both shows are available for $39.50 online at www.yorktheatre.org, by phone at (212) 935‑5820, and in person at the York box office, 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue.
Mufti means "in street clothes," without the trappings associated with the original productions.