The final addition to the cast is Sweet Charity's Janine LaManna, who will play the role of Elvira. She will join the previously announced Academy Award nominee Carol Kane as Madame Arcati, Tony Award nominee Veanne Cox as Ruth and Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin as Charles with Beth Glover as Mrs. Bradman, Daren Kelly as Dr. Bradman and Kirsten Wyatt as Edith. Directed by Marc Bruni with music direction by Steve Freeman, the concerts will be presented June 12-14.
In High Spirits, press notes state, "a happily remarried widower gets a surprise visit when a kooky medium mistakenly summons back his first wife from the 'Other Side.' Based on Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit (currently enjoying a hit revival on Broadway), this telepathic tuner was written by Hugh Martin (Meet Me in St. Louis) and Timothy Gray."
Janine LaManna has been seen on Broadway in Ragtime; Kiss Me, Kate; Swing!; Seussical; The Look of Love; Sweet Charity; and The Drowsy Chaperone. She was also recently seen in the York's Enter Laughing: The Musical.
Show times are June 12 at 8 PM, June 13 at 2:30 and 8 PM and June 14 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Audience talkbacks will follow both matinees.
All performances will be presented at the Theatre at Saint Peter's, 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. For tickets, priced $37.50, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call (212) 935-5820.
"Mufti" (pronounced MUFF' tee) means "in street clothes; without the usual trappings," and each show in the series is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.