PHOTO CALL: Klea Blackhurst, Jessica Grové, Seán Martin Hingston Star in Mufti Happy Hunting
By Krissie Fullerton
13 Mar 2013
Klea Blackhurst, Jessica Grové, Seán Martin Hingston and more star in The York Theatre Company' production of Happy Hunting — part of the Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series — which will be presented March 15-17 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
Happy Hunting has a book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, lyrics by Matt Dubey and music by Harold Karr. The musical was originally a star vehicle written for Ethel Merman.
"When Liz Livingstone — rich, widowed Philadelphia hostess with a heart of gold — perceives a snub at the Grace Kelly-Prince Rainier 'Wedding of the Year' in Monaco, she single-mindedly sets out to snare an even more impressively titled husband for her daughter," according to press notes. "Things get predictably complicated when she succeeds and then promptly falls for her intended son-in-law herself. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be only has eyes for the society lawyer, and Liz’s dashing Duke turns out to be very possibly penniless."
(Standing) Jessica Grové, Michael McCormick, Janine DiVita, Andrew Samonsky, Michael Sharon, Heather Parcells, Seán Martin Hingston, and Eric Sciotto; (Seated) Joy Franz, Klea Blackhurst and Lynne Wintersteller
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.