Mufti Knickerbocker Holiday Begins Weekend Run June 26

News   Mufti Knickerbocker Holiday Begins Weekend Run June 26 The York Theatre Company's production of Knickerbocker Holiday, the final of three spring 2009 Musicals in Mufti staged concert presentations, begins performances June 26.
Josh Grisetti
Josh Grisetti

Directed by Michael Unger with music direction by John Bell, the weekend of concerts runs through June 28.

The cast comprises Kelli Barrett as Tina Tienhoven, Walter Charles as Tienhoven, Nick Gaswirth as Brom Broeck, Josh Grisetti as Washington Irving and Martin Vidnovic as Pieter Stuyvesant with William Parry, Ronica Reddick, Ric Stoneback, Roland Rusinek, Cyrilla Baer, Lucia Spina and Jendi Tarde. (Bobby Steggert had been announced for the role of Brom Broeck but left during rehearsals due to a family emergency.)

The musical by Maxwell Anderson and composer Kurt Weill is the 75th title in the staged-concert Off-Broadway Musicals in Mufti series.

According to York notes, "Knickerbocker Holiday is a witty yet caustic musical comedy about a man who cannot take orders from anybody. This cult classic (which went on to inspire the Oscar-nominated film of the same name) opened on Broadway in 1938 and imaginatively used the setting of New York City on the eve of the American Revolution to create a farcical response to President Roosevelt's New Deal. Based on 'Father Knickerbocker's History' by American master Washington Irving with music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, [the show] is filled with romance and political humor…"

The score includes "How Can You Tell an American?," "It Never Was You" and "September Song." All performances will be presented at the Theatre at Saint Peter's (54th Street, just east of Lexington Ave), June 26 at 8 PM; June 27 at 2:30 & 8 PM; and June 28 at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Audience talkbacks will follow both matinees.

Tickets are $37.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call the York's box office at (212) 935-5820.

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"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.