Musicals in Mufti Will Offer I'm Getting My Act Together and World Premiere of Its Sequel

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The York Theatre Company's summer 2011 Musicals in Mufti Concert Series — presenting musical theatre gems in staged concert performances — will kick off with Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford's late-70s Off-Broadway hit, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, which will play in repertory with the world premiere of the show’s sequel, Still Getting My Act Together.

Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford
Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford

Both shows, which will be offered June 18-26, will be directed by West Hyler; the sequel will include three original cast members from I'm Getting My Act Together as well as co-creator Cryer, who will reprise her role of Heather Jones.

The other two shows in the Mufti series will be announced at York’s upcoming NEO7 concert May 16; those shows will play the weekends of July 15 and July 29, respectively.

I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road and Still Getting My Act Together will be presented in repertory as a special Musicals in Mufti event, requiring separate tickets for each staged concert performance. Each of these shows will run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. There will be a 30-minute break between Muftis on Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday matinees. There will be an extended 90-minute dinner break between evening Muftis on Saturday and Sunday only.

York producing artistic director Jim Morgan said, "I am delighted to kick off our multi-month celebration of Off-Broadway with Gretchen and Nancy’s shows. That one is an iconic long-running hit from the past, and the other a world premiere perfectly encapsulates all that York does. Still Getting... is the first premiere in the Mufti series, but why not? Rules are made to be broken!"

Detailed show information follows: I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
Book and Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer
Music by Nancy Ford
"The show premiered in the late 1970s Off-Broadway at the Public Theater and ran for years, becoming a sensation for all theatre-goers. The story follows a fictional cabaret singer, Heather Jones, as she evolves her traditional act of romantic pop tunes to a bold new act full of emancipating, feminist pieces. As she performs the new show, song by song, Heather fights to achieve an artistic metamorphosis while her dominating manager, Joe, tries to keep her act in the past."

Still Getting My Act Together
Book and Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer
Music by Nancy Ford
"The never-before-seen-or-heard sequel... takes place 30 years after the original and will also be presented Mufti-style for the first time ever onstage. In this new show, Heather and her daughter take center stage and will uncover just what happened in the three decades since Heather got her act together and took it on the road... And, in a real treat for music theatre aficionados, the sequel will feature three cast members from the original production: Gretchen Cryer (also the show’s librettist), Betty Aberlin and Margot Rose. Nancy Ford also returns as composer."

Performance schedule:
Sunday, June 19; Saturday, June 25; and Sunday, June 26:
12:30 PM: I’m Getting My Act Together...
2:00 PM: 30-minute break
2:30 PM: Still Getting My Act Together
5:30 PM: I’m Getting My Act Together...
7:00 PM: 90-minute dinner break
8:30 PM: Still Getting My Act Together

Thursday, June 23; and Friday, June 24:
7:00 PM: I’m Getting My Act Together...
8:30 PM: 30-minute break
9:00 PM: Still Getting My Act Together

Marathon tickets (for both shows) are priced $67.50; regular tickets are $39.50. York Theatre Company at St. Peter's is located on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. For tickets visit www.yorktheatre.org or call (212) 935-5820.

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Mufti means "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with the original productions."

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