With book, music and lyrics by writer-actor Dixon (who penned the musical Fanny Hill), the show "takes place on Dec. 24, 1929, in the Hollingsworth Mansion on Park Avenue," according to a description provided by the author. "At their annual party, Mr. Hollingsworth is dressed as Santa, but then so is a notorious jewel thief, and so is the hit man sent to dispatch Mr. Hollingsworth for his gambling debts. Gangsters, the stock market crash and mistaken identity make for a very untraditional and very funny holiday romp."
Musical direction is by Stan Tucker. The cast will include Mary Bond Davis, Paul Schoeffler, Joanna Glushak, Jack Noseworthy, Adam Monley, Andrew Varela, Michael Farina, Wayne Pretlow, Robyn Kramer, Tory Ross, Julia Osborne, Kyle Fichtman, Thursday Farrar, Rebecca Strimaitus (and a cameo by Ed Dixon).
"A Park Avenue Christmas has a kind of upstairs/downstairs motif… contrasting the bored rich people at the party with the kitchen help who seem to be having quite a good time of it," Dixon told Playbill.com. "There's also a twin storyline of the gangsters versus the rich…the mistaken identity business gets people interacting in ways that they would never have dreamed of…and there are also several mix-and-match couples who start off with the wrong partner and sort themselves out eventually, ignoring class and societal differences. This sounds much more highbrow than it actually is. It's mostly just funny, or at least, that's my intention."
The York Theatre presents at The Theatre at St. Peter's, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in the Citicorp Building.
For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.