Spring Mufti Series to Feature Grand Tour, High Spirits and Knickerbocker Holiday

News   Spring Mufti Series to Feature Grand Tour, High Spirits and Knickerbocker Holiday The York Theatre Company has announced the three titles that will comprise its acclaimed spring Musicals in Mufti series, which presents "musical theatre gems in staged concert performances."
Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman

Playbill.com has learned that the series of semi-staged performances will include The Grand Tour (May 29-31), High Spirits (June 12-14) and Knickerbocker Holiday (June 26-28). Each show will play five performances: Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Audience discussions will follow all matinees.

Details of the shows follow:

The Grand Tour
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
(Based on the play Jacobowski and the Colonel by Franz Werfel)
Directed by Michael Montel; music direction by James Bassi
"A bittersweet comic tale featuring love triangles, mistaken identity and a wedding at sea. At the onset of the Nazi invasion, two strangers with nothing in common travel from France to England and unexpectedly become the best of friends."

High Spirits
Book, music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray
(Based on the play Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward)
Directed by Marc Bruni; music direction by Vadim Feichtner
"A happily re-married widower gets a surprise visit from his first wife when a kooky medium mistakenly awakens her spirit from the dead."

Knickerbocker Holiday
Book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Music by Kurt Weill
Directed by Michael Unger; music direction by John Bell
"On the eve of the American Revolution, the arrival of a new Governor in New York City (then called New Amsterdam) causes a great deal of chaos amongst his new constituents in this madcap 'romantic-political-musical-comedy.'"

The York Theatre Company plays the Theatre at Saint Peter's, which is located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, priced $37.50, call (212) 935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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"Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings."