Leslie Kritzer To Join Off-Broadway Cast of Closer Than Ever

By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
14 Aug 2012

Leslie Kritzer
Leslie Kritzer
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Leslie Kritzer will bring her voice to the York Theatre Company's extended production of the Maltby and Shire revue Closer Than Ever, succeeding Julia Murney, beginning Aug. 28 Off-Broadway.

Murney, who joined Closer Than Ever Aug. 6, will depart the production Aug. 25 to fulfill previous commitments. On Aug. 9, the York announced that Closer Than Ever would extend its run for a second time through Sept. 30.

Kritzer (Legally Blonde, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair, Funny Girl) will perform such songs as "Miss Byrd," "Back on Bass" and duet with cast member Jacquelyn Piro Donovan on "It's Never That Easy/I've Been Here Before."

The 1989 revue has music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. The two also penned Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby; Big; and, most recently, Take Flight.



With direction by Maltby, associate direction and choreography by Kurt Stamm and music direction by Andrew Gerle, Closer Than Ever also features George Dvorsky and Sal Viviano.

The production is described as an "intimate musical about love, friendship, security, happiness — and holding onto those essentials in a world that pulls us in a hundred directions at once."

The creative team includes Kurt Stamm (choreography), James Morgan (sets), Nicole Wee (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights) and Stephanie Wagner (props). The production stage manager is Bernita Robinson.

Show times are Monday and Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Friday 8 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM.

As previously reported, a cast recording will be released by Jay Records on a date to be announced. The original Off-Broadway cast recording is available from RCA Victor.

Read the recent Playbill.com feature about Maltby and Shire reflecting on their '80s revue, and talking about changes to the revival.

Tickets are priced at $67.50 and are available online at yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).