PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Emily Skinner, Jason Graae, Stephen Cole and Inventing Mary Martin Cast Pick Martin Favorites

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01 May 2014

Emily Skinner
Emily Skinner

The York Theatre Company's world premiere of the new musical Inventing Mary Martin continues in an extended engagement through May 25. Here, the cast and creator pick their favorite performances by Mary Martin as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

Conceived, written and directed by Stephen Cole, the production began Off-Broadway previews April 15, prior to an official opening April 27. The run was originally scheduled to conclude May 18; performances now continue through May 25.

The four-member cast comprises Cameron Adams, Lynne Halliday, Jason Graae and Emily Skinner with Bob Renino on bass and Perry Cavari on drums. The production also features music supervision and arrangements by David Krane, music direction by Lawrence Goldberg and co-direction and choreography by Bob Richard.

Inventing Mary Martin, according to the York, is a new "multi-media musical revue celebrating the life and career of one of Broadway’s greatest stars, Mary Martin, who created leading roles in One Touch of Venus, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, becoming one of the most glamorous and beloved stars of the American musical theatre. In this musical revue, four fabulous performers, none of whom actually plays Mary (who could?) take us on her amazing journey from naive but ambitious Texan to movie star to Broadway legend, reinventing herself constantly along the way."

Audiences can expect to hear songs by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Vernon Duke & Howard Dietz, Kurt Weill & Ogden Nash, Noёl Coward, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne & Carolyn Leigh, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, and Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, among others.

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