The IT Girl, which closed June 3, 2001, at the Theatre at St. Peter's in Manhattan, will have an original cast recording. The disc, recorded by Jay Records, will be released on Oct. 1.
BT McNicholl, a protégé of Jerry Zaks (who is "production consultant"), directs and co-wrote the tuner, which is billed as "a Jazz Age Cinderella musical based on `It,' the 1927 film that made Clara Bow a star." The homage to silent movies has a poor shopgirl falling for the dashing head of the department store. It was the New York theatre's first dose of Roaring '20s music and style this year, prior to the fall Broadway opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The IT Girl began previews April 17.
The show enjoyed good word of mouth and encouraging reviews. Jean Louisa Kelly, playing the title character, went into the recording studio May 28, 2001, with the cast of the new tuner to record a cast album. The musical opened Off-Broadway in May. The cast included Kelly in the title role (as a young actress, Kelly appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods and now stars in the TV sitcom "Yes, Dear"), Jessica Boevers (Rent, Les Miserables), Stephen DeRosa (newyorkers, Into the Woods), Jonathan Dokuchitz (The Boys from Syracuse), Susan M. Haefner (State Fair), Danette Holden (Paper Mill's Follies) and Monte Wheeler.
Albin Konopka musical directed. Designers were by Mark Hayden (set), Robin L. McGee (costume), Jeff Nellis (lighting) and Elaine J. McCarthy (projections).
McNicholl co-wrote the show's book with Michael Small and penned lyrics to composer Paul McKibbins' score. York Theatre Company, devoted to new and classic musicals in an intimate setting, presents at Theatre at St. Peter's Church, in the Citicorp Building. Citicorp Center is at Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan. —By Robert Simonson
and Kenneth Jones