Part of the York's "Musicals in Mufti" series, Carmelina will play through Oct. 22. Schaffel, who stars in the title role, will be joined onstage by Nat Chandler, Joseph Kolinski, Daniel Marcus, Camille Saviola (Rosa), Alison Walla (Gia), Ray Wills (Vittorio) and Eli Zoller. Michael Leeds directs.
Carmelina features a book by Alan Jay Lerner and Joseph Stein, music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Lerner and additional lyrics by Barry Harman. Loosely based on the 1968 film "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell," the musical, according to press notes, "is the story of an Italian woman who, for 17 years, has received support from three former GIs-each of whom believes he is the father of her daughter. Her scheme unravels when the men return to her small village for a reunion."
Carmelina opened at the St. James Theatre April 8, 1979, playing 17 performances before closing April 21. Georgia Brown starred in the title role, and the musical received a 1979 Tony nomination for Best Original Score.
Marla Schaffel has been seen on Broadway in Jane Eyre, Titanic and Les Misérables as well as in the national tours of Evita, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway she was seen in Fanny Hill, a Broadway Diva Christmas, Christina Alberta's Father and Enter the Guardsman, and her regional credits include Let Me Sing, They All Laughed, Lucky in the Rain, Glimmerglass, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Fool for Love and Top Girls.
The York Theatre Company is located in St. Peter's Theatre, just east of Lexington Avenue on East 54th Street. Tickets by calling (212) 935-5820 or by visiting www.yorktheatre.org. *
The "Musicals in Mufti" series presents musicals in staged concert settings. "Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings." The series will continue with Plain and Fancy (Oct. 27-29).