Entitled "School Song," the tune was not part of the original Broadway mounting but will be heard during the York performances Nov. 4-6. About the upcoming production, composer Carnelia said in a statement, "The Mufti production will recapture the spirit that was lost on the way to Broadway in '82. This show is streamlined and condensed from two acts to one." Book writer Jeffrey Kindley added, "High school today may look different, but the issues are still the same. There will always be basic hopes and fears that people have from the ages of 14 to 18."
Heading the company of the Carnelia (score)-Kindley (book) musical will be Stephanie Bast, Jed Cohen, Jeffrey Doornbos, Chris Fuller, Stacie Morgain Lewis, Garret Long, Holly Davis, Greg Roderick and Ceasar Samayoa. The musical, first seen on Broadway in 1982, will be directed by composer-lyricist Carnelia with musical direction by Bryan Perri. Performance dates are Nov. 4 at 8 PM, Nov. 5 at 2:30 and 8 PM and Nov. 6 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM.
Is There Life after High School, according to press notes, "is a funny yet bittersweet musical about the love/hate relationship that most adults have with their memories of high school. Were you the captain of the football team or head cheerleader? President of the Chess Club? The only kid who didn't have a prom date? Remember winning or losing the class election, spending the lunch hour alone in the cafeteria, or catching the touchdown pass?"
The "Musicals in Mufti" series presents musicals in staged concert settings. "Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings."
The York Theatre Company is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 54th Street. Tickets for the "Mufti" productions are priced at $40 and can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. For more information, go to www.yorktheatre.org. *
Other offerings in the 2005-2006 "Mufti" season will include Jeff Hochhauser and Bob Johnston's Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi and the New York premiere of Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt and Elizabeth Diggs' Mirette. The York Theatre Company's season will also feature two fully produced mainstage productions, two workshops and a family-friendly production.