My Vaudeville Man! Opens Off-Broadway Run Nov. 17

News   My Vaudeville Man! Opens Off-Broadway Run Nov. 17 My Vaudeville Man!, a new musical based on the life of tap star Jack Donahue, officially opens Off-Broadway Nov. 17 at the York Theatre Company's home.
My Vaudeville Man! stars Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley
My Vaudeville Man! stars Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley Photo by Carol Rosegg

Directed and choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the production began previews Nov. 7. Performances continue through Jan. 4, 2009. The two-hander co-stars Karen Murphy (9 to 5 in L.A.; Broadway's All Shook Up, 42nd Street, Titanic) and Shonn Wiley (Encores! No, No Nanette; Broadway's Dracula, 42nd Street). Producers are The York Theatre Company and Melanie Herman.

Based on Jack Donahue's "Letters of a Hoofer to his Ma," My Vaudeville Man! features a book by Jeff Hochhauser, music by Bob Johnston and lyrics by Johnston and Hochhauser. The musical, according to press notes, "is the story of a boy born to dance and the mother who fought to keep him home! Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley star in a musical based on the life of legendary eccentric tap dancer Jack Donahue (played by Ray Bolger on film) and his mother — who fights to keep her son off the wicked vaudeville stage."

The design team includes scenic designer James Morgan, costume designer David Toser and lighting designer Mary Jo Dondlinger. Douglas Oberhamer serves as musical director.

My Vaudeville Man! made its world premiere at last year's New York Musical Theatre Festival under the title Mud Donahue and Son.

The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter's in Citigroup Center on Lexington Avenue just east of 54th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 935-5820 or by visiting www.yorktheatre.org.

Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley in <i>My Vaudeville Man!</i>
Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley in My Vaudeville Man! Photo by Carol Rosegg