Directed by David Glenn Armstrong with musical direction by John Bell, the semi-staged concert production will run through Oct. 14. The cast features Brad Oscar, Cady Huffman, Megan Lawrence, Capathia Jenkins, Angie Schworer, Ryan Duncan, Stephen Bienskie, Jim Sorensen, Laura Marie Duncan, Amy Goldberger, Jonathan Kay, Mike McGowan, John Eric Parker and Patrick Richwood. The Body Beautiful features a book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. The musical, according to press notes, concerns "a wealthy Dartmouth College graduate who wishes to be a prize-winning boxer and the girl he loves who disapproves of his ambitions. His fight manager must deal with uninspired fighters, two ex-wives and a new girlfriend."
The Body Beautiful originally opened at the Broadway Theatre Jan. 23, 1958. George Schaefer directed a cast that included Mindy Carson, Steve Forrest, Jack Warden, Barbara McNair, William Hickey and Brock Peters.
All four fall Mufti offerings boast a book by Stein. The series began with Zorba and Enter Laughing: The Musical and will continue after The Body Beautiful with The Baker's Wife (Oct. 26-28).
Five performances of each show are presented: Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Audience discussions follow the matinee performances.
The Mufti series is presented at the Theatre at Saint Peter's, which is located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (212) 935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.
"Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings."