PHOTO CALL: Andrew Rannells, Robert Cuccioli, Judy Kaye and Karen Ziemba Celebrate the York's Inventing Mary Martin

By Matthew Blank
28 Apr 2014

The York Theatre Company's world premiere of the new musical Inventing Mary Martin officially opened at the Off-Broadway venue April 27 following previews that began April 15.



Conceived, written and directed by Stephen Cole, the production was recently extended through May 25.



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Cameron Adams, Jason Graae, Lynne Halliday and Emily Skinner
Photo by Monica Simoes



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.

The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Patricia McGourty (costumes), Mary Jo Dondlinger (lights), Janie Bullard (sound), Justin West (projections), James Maloof (props) and Geoff Josselson (casting). The production stage manager is Bernita Robinson with assistant stage manager Jackie Cookfair.

Performances are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Tickets, priced $67.50, may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).