Off-Broadway's Rothschild & Sons Musical, starring Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton met the press Sept 16. The York Theatre Company's world premiere of Rothschild & Sons, a revamped version of the 1970 musical The Rothschilds, with book by Sherman Yellen and music by the Fiddler on the Roof team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
Jeffrey B. Moss directs a cast that also includes Peter Cormican, Jonathan Hadley, David Bryant Johnson, Christine LaDuca, Jamie LaVerdiere, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Mark Pinter, Curtis Wiley and Christopher M. Williams.
Meet the Cast of Off-Broadway's Rothschild & Sons, Starring Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton
Rothschild & Sons launches York Theatre's 2015-16 season. The run, which will begin previews Oct. 6 prior to an official opening Oct. 18, is presented by Arnold Mittelman and The National Jewish Theater Foundation.
Dubbed by Yellen as a "musical love story between a father and his sons," the new development is based on the Tony-nominated The Rothschilds, which opened on Broadway in 1970, inspired by the novel of the same name by Frederic Morton about the foundation of the dynasty of German-Jewish financiers. A story of human rights and triumph, the new work focuses on the relationships between the patriarch of the family, Mayer Rothschild, to be played by Cuccioli, his wife Gutele, to be played by Crampton, and their five sons, living as Jews in a German ghetto.
Rothschild & Sons, a more intimate, one-act retelling, features several songs not included in the original, with new lyrics by Harnick. Composer Bock passed away in 2010. The creative team includes James Morgan (set design), Carrie Robbins (costume design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design) and Jeff Marder (electronic music design). The production stage manager is Meg Friedman with assistant stage manager David Beller.