The season at Off-Broadway's McGinn/Cazale Theatre will feature presentations of five musicals: Irma La Douce, Tovarich, Cabaret Girl, Early to Bed and You Never Know.
Irma La Douce will kick off the 11th season of the Musicals Tonight! series, running Oct. 14-26. The musical — which features such songs as "Our Language of Love," "There is Only One Paris for That" and "That's a Crime" — concerns "a Paris 'poule' [who] works to support her impoverished lover against his wishes. He poses as a rich elderly roué and becomes her exclusive client. The double life is too demanding so he 'eliminates' the old gent and is arrested."
Tovarich will follow, playing Oct. 28-Nov. 9. The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "Former members of the late Tsar's court work as servants to Americans in Paris in 1927 while avoiding the Communists sent to capture and return them to Moscow." Song titles include "Say You'll Stay," "Nitchevo," "Wilkes-Barre, PA," "That Face," "A Small Cartel," "I Know the Feeling" and "Stuck with Each Other."
"You Want the Best Seats, We Have 'Em," "Whoop-De-Oodle-Do," "Dear Old London," "Shimmy with Me," "London, Dear Old London," "Dancing Time" and "Chopin Ad-Lib" are among the songs that will be heard in Cabaret Girl, which runs March 3-15, 2009. The Jerome Kern-PG Wodehouse musical concerns "the producers of 'The All-Night Follies' - Gravvins & Gripps, [who] act as cupids and try to bring together an ordinary working girl and her high-born 'intended' against the wishes of her family - and succeed."
The Fats Waller musical Early to Bed will be presented March 17-29, 2009. The musical concerns "an over-the-hill matador (El Magnifico) who falls in love with an old girl friend who now runs a brothel. Her current borders include an American track team who think they're at a finishing school where the girls wear very little clothing." Among the songs in the show are "There's a Man in My Life," "Slightly Less than Wonderful," "Ladies Who Sing with the Band" and "This is So Nice (It Must Be Illegal)." The Musicals Tonight! season will conclude with You Never Know, April 14-26, 2009. "Master and servant switch places and fall in love with mistress and maid, who have also switched places" in the Cole Porter musical that features the songs "I Am Gaston," "By Candlelight," "Alpha to Omega," "At Long Last Love," "What Is that Tune?, "For No Rhyme or Reason," "By Candlelight" and "Let's Put It to Music."
The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located in Manhattan at 2162 Broadway on the third floor. Visit www.musicalstonight.org for more information or call (212) 362-5620.