The upcoming York Theatre Musicals in Mufti readings of the musicals Wish You Were Here and 70, Girls, 70 will feature young Broadway talent and classic veterans, respectively.
While the 1952 Harold Rome tuner about life and love at a Catskills resort stars youthful Sara Schmidt, Perry Laylon Ojeda (On the Town) and Matt Bogart (The Civil War), Jan. 21-23, the more exciting news for diehard Broadway fans is the combination of veterans snagged for Kander and Ebb’s 70, Girls, 70, the short-lived 1971 musical about old folks in a Manhattan building who mix vaudeville numbers with a criminal caper, Jan. 28-30.
That cast will include Broadway and film vets Jane Powell (of M-G-M’s "Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") as Ida, Jane Connell (Mame, Dear World) as Eunice, George S. Irving (On Your Toes) as Walter, Mimi Hines as Fritzi, Marilyn Cooper (West Side Story, Woman of the Year, I Can Get It For You Wholesale) as Sadie, Robert Fitch as Joe and Harvey Evans as Pete. The staging will use a revised book by David Thompson (Steel Pier).
For information about the York’s winter Musicals in Mufti series, which begins Jan. 14-16 with Wright and Forrest’s Kean, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Kenneth Jones