Performances begin February 25 for The York Theatre Company’s concert revival of the Jerry Herman musical Dear World, with a newly revised book by David Thompson. Tyne Daly stars as Countess Aurelia and is joined onstage by Broadway actors Alison Fraser (March of the Falsettos) as Constance, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Gabrielle, and Lenny Wolpe (Wicked) as The Sewerman.
The limited run is playing through March 5 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s Off-Broadway, concluding the York’s current Musicals in Mufti series, which presents musicals in simply staged, book-in-hand concert formats. Michael Montel directs, and Christopher McGovern is music director.
The 1969 musical Dear World features a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux) and music and lyrics by Herman. The show follows a deranged countess and her associates as they scheme to stop businessmen from drilling for oil under the streets of their Parisian neighborhood.
The cast also includes Dewey Caddell (Finian’s Rainbow) as The Sergeant, J. Bernard Calloway (Memphis) as President 2, Ben Cherry (Fiddler on the Roof) as The Waiter, Stephen Mo Hanan (Jolson & Co.) as President 3, Erika Henningsen (Les Misérables) as Nina, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as Julian, Peter Land (My Fair Lady) as President 1, Gordon Stanley (Ragtime) as The Prospector, and Kristopher Thompson-Bolden (The Nutty Professor) as The Mute.
The production team for the York revival includes stage manager Kimothy Cruse and assistant stage manager Shanna Allison. Casting for the series is by Geoff Josselson.
For ticket information visit yorktheatre.org, call (212) 935-5820, or go to the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
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