The York Theatre Company's Jan. 12-14 concert revival of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's Celebration will feature Keith Charles as Potemkin, a role he played on Broadway in 1969.
The concert revival is part of York's Musicals in Mufti series, now in its eighth season. Mufti, a term that means in civilian clothes without the usual trappings, presents staged readings of "underappreciated" musicals that may have been flops or moderately successful in their original runs.
Drew Scott Harris directs Celebration, a free wheeling morality tuner that attempts to create a populist theatre with clowns, masks, belly dancers and themes of life, death, rich, poor, youth, age and more. It's been called in the experimental tradition of Jones and Schmidt's The Fantasticks. John Mulcahey is musical director. Book and lyrics are by Jones, with music by Schmidt.
The company includes Natasha Harper (as Angel), Kate Dawson (ensemble), John Treacy Egan (ensemble), Michael Halling (ensemble), Kenneth Kantor (Mr. Rich), Jodi Langel (ensemble), Jeremiah Miller (Orphan), M. Kathryn Quinlan (ensemble).
The original Broadway staging of Celebration was staged by Jones and directed by Vernon Lusby. The cast included Susan Watson, Ted Thurston and Michael Glenn-Smith. Cheryl Crawford and Richard Chandler produced. It ran 14 weeks at the Ambassador Theatre. The York Theatre Company is located at the Theatre at Saint Peter's, Citigroup Center, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan. For ticket information, call (212) 935-5820.
— By Kenneth Jones