The York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series of casual-dress concerts will present Kean, Wish You Were Here and 70, Girls, 70 Jan. 14-30.
The popular series revisits "underappreciated" or not often revived musicals with some of New York City's top-name talents. "Mufti" is a military term meaning "street clothes without the usual trappings."
The January slate is new for the York. The series has been so popular once per season (in September) that the winter threesome was added.
• Kean (1961), with music and lyrics by George Forrest (who recently died) and Robert Wright, and a book by Peter Stone, told the story of famed actor Edmund Kean. Jan. 14-16, 2000. • Wish You Were Here (1952), the Harold Rome musical about romance at a Catskills resort, with a book by Josh Logan & Arthur Korber, was based on Korber's play, Having Wonderful Time. The show's title song became a popular hit. Jan. 21-23, 2000.
• 70, Girls, 70 (1971), the Kander and Ebb musical about aging ex vaudevillians who turn to a life of crime in New York City, has a revised book by Steel Pier's David Thompson (with original co-writer Norman L. Martin still credited) from "an adaptation" by Joe Masteroff. The work is based on Breath of Spring by Peter Coke. Jan. 28-30, 2000.
Casting and directors will be announced.
-- By Kenneth Jones