Mufti Roar of the Greasepaint Begins Weekend Run Oct. 1

News   Mufti Roar of the Greasepaint Begins Weekend Run Oct. 1 The York Theatre Company's fall Musicals in Mufti series, which presents "musical theatre gems in staged concert performances," continues Oct. 1-3 with The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd.

Quentin Earl Darrington in rehearsal
Quentin Earl Darrington in rehearsal Photo by Ben Strothmann

Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) directs the weekend of performances with music direction by Ethyl Will. 

The cast comprises Brandi Burkhardt (A Tale of Two Cities), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing, The Musical), Veronica Kuehn (Mamma Mia!), Zonya Love (The Color Purple), Eliza Hayes Maher (Seussical national tour), Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q), newcomer Elly Noble and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid).

The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd features book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

"Social norms and qualms are thrown out the window in The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, a musical about 1960s London, where two gentlemen of different classes are always trying to get the best of each other and neither truly win," according to York notes. This comic musical premiered on Broadway in 1965 and includes "Feeling Good" and "Who Can I Turn To?"

The series of semi-staged performances will continue with I Remember Mama (Oct. 8-10) and I Love My Wife (Oct. 22-24).   I Remember Mama will feature Erin Mackey (Sondheim on Sondheim) as Katrin and Tony winner George S. Irving reprising his role of Uncle Chris from the original Broadway production. Michael Montel will direct with Mark Hartman as music director.
 
I Love My Wife will feature Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), who'll join the previously reported Josh Grisetti, Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!) and Patti Murin (Xanadu). Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) will direct with music direction by Matt Castle (Company). 

Each show will play five performances: Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Audience discussions will follow all matinees.

Details of the shows follow: 

I Remember Mama
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Additional lyrics by Raymond Jessel
Based on the play by John Van Druten
Oct. 8-10

"Journey back to turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco and join the Hansen family, a tight-knit group of recent Norwegian immigrants, as they make their way through an unfamiliar time and place with a little bit of luck, some laughs and a lot of love. Inspired by Kathryn Forbes' 'Mama's Bank Account,' I Remember Mama was Richard Rodgers' last Broadway musical."
 
I Love My Wife
Book and lyrics by Michael Stewart
Music composed and arranged by Cy Coleman
Oct. 22-24

"I Love My Wife is a dynamic, irreverent look at relationships and marriage during the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Grappling with the rapidly shifting spirit of the time, two New Jersey couples consider merging their marriages in this hilarious hit musical from Broadway's 1977 season." 

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan is the producing artistic director) plays the Theatre at Saint Peter's, which is located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, priced $39.50, call (212) 935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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"Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings."

Jim Brochu (seated, left) and cast
Jim Brochu (seated, left) and cast
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