Directed by Marc Bruni with music direction by Steve Freeman, the weekend of concerts runs through June 14. The cast comprises Janine LaManna as Elvira, 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.
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."
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.
The series will conclude with Knickerbocker Holiday (June 26-28).