Stephanie Umoh (Junk, Ragtime) and two-time Tony nominee Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar, High Rollers…) head the cast of the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti presentation of Hallelujah, Baby! beginning January 27.
The winner of the 1968 Tony for Best Musical will be presented for 11 performances through February 4 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue).
Directed by Gerry McIntrye with music direction by David Hancock Turner, the production features Umoh as Georgina and Reed as Momma with Jennifer Cody (Broadway's Shrek) as Mary, Randy Donaldson (The Scottsboro Boys) as Tap, Bernard Dotson (Chicago) as Tip, Latoya Edwards (Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical) as Chloe, Michael Thomas Holmes (Oklahoma!, York’s Saturday Night) as Hutchinson, and Tally Sessions (War Paint , York’s Yank!) as Harvey.
With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Arthur Laurents, Hallelujah, Baby! tells the story of Georgina, an African-American woman on her journey to financial and social independence. A chronicle of the African-American struggle for equality during the first half of the 20th century, Hallelujah, Baby! launched the career of Tony winner Leslie Uggams.
This presentation marks the New York premiere of the revised version that Laurents created for productions at the George Street Playhouse and Arena Stage in 2004 and 2005, with additional lyrics by Amanda Green.
The production stage manager is Robert Chikar with assistant stage manager Zija Lubin-West. Casting for the series is by Geoff Josselson.
The York Theatre Company’s Musicals in Mufti series presents musical theatre gems performed in simply-staged, book-in-hand concert formats.
Tickets can be purchased online at YorkTheatre.org.