Despite the announcement of a two-week extension, new 1920s style musical, The IT Girl, closed on schedule May 27 at the Theatre at St, Peter's in Manhattan.
On May 24, York Theatre Company announced that the well reviewed musical comedy would continue to June 10, but that extension was canceled by late May 25, a spokesman said. No reason was given.
BT McNicholl, a protégé of Jerry Zaks (who is "production consultant"), directs and co-wrote the tuner, which is billed as "a Jazz Age Cinderella musical based on 'It,' the 1927 film that made Clara Bow a star." The homage to silent movies has a poor shopgirl falling for the dashing head of the department store. It is the New York theatre's first dose of Roaring '20s music and style this year, prior to the fall Broadway opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The IT Girl began previews April 17.
The show enjoyed good word of mouth and encouraging reviews. Jean Louisa Kelly, playing the title character, went into the recording studio May 21 with the cast of the new tuner to record a cast album. It will be released on a label to be announced. The musical opened Off-Broadway May 3. *
The cast included Kelly in the title role (as a young actress, Kelly appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods and now stars in the TV sitcom, "Yes, Dear"), Jessica Boevers (Rent, Les Miserables), Stephen DeRosa (Newyorkers), Jonathan Dokuchitz (Bubbly Black Girl...), Susan M. Haefner (State Fair), Danette Holden (Paper Mill's Follies) and Monte Wheeler.
Albin Konopka musical directed. Designers were Mark Hayden (set), Robin L. McGee (costume), Jeff Nellis (lighting) and Elaine J. McCarthy (projections).
McNicholl co-wrote the show's book with Michael Small and penned lyrics to composer Paul McKibbins' score. York Theatre Company, devoted to new and classic musicals in an intimate setting, presents at Theatre at St. Peter's Church, in the Citicorp Building. Citicorp Center is at Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan.
— By Kenneth Jones