Musicals in Mufti Season to Feature Two By Two, Hollywood Pinafore, Happy Hunting, Silk Stockings

By Andrew Gans
December 10, 2012

The York Theatre Company has announced the four-show line-up for its Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series, which offers "theatre gems, in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format."



The roster of Broadway musicals includes Two by Two (Feb. 15-17, 2013), Hollywood Pinafore (March 1-3, 2013), Happy Hunting (March 15-17, 2013) and Silk Stockings (March 22-24, 2013). Casting will be announced at a later date.

"For the last couple of years, York has explored the Off-Broadway musical, and with this series, we are excited to return to the world of Broadway and take a look at - more of its gems,” said producing artistic director James Morgan in a statement. “This will be a series of celebrations and discoveries for everyone to enjoy."

Each show plays Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 7 PM. Audience discussions follow matinee performances.

Tickets are priced at $39.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (enter on 54th Street, just east of Lexington).

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Details about each show follow:

Feb. 15-17, 2013
Two by Two
Book by Peter Stone
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Music by Richard Rodgers
Based on the play The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets
Directed by Martin Charnin
Music direction by Keith Levenson

"The legendary composer Richard Rodgers entered his seventh decade of writing for the theatre with Broadway’s 1970 Two by Two starring Danny Kaye. The story of Noah and the Ark is a musical adaptation of Clifford Odets' play The Flowering Peach and is retold with Noah and his family characterized in modern Jewish vernacular. It seems that the building of the ark was only the first of Noah's many daunting challenges in a journey that wasn't always smooth sailing. By turns inspirational and hilarious, it's good fun from The Good Book and when the land has dried, man and beast alike are invited to go forth and prosper in a bright New World. Lyricist Martin Charnin directs this production with a revised book by Peter Stone and featuring one of Richard Rodgers’ most touching--and least known--scores."

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March 1-3, 2013
Hollywood Pinafore
Book and Lyrics by George S. Kaufman
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Marc Kaufman

"Hollywood Pinafore is George S. Kaufman’s 1945 transplant of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore from the world of British maritime to a Hollywood movie studio. Arthur Sullivan’s sparkling score is wed with Kaufman’s canny, hilarious lyrics, making for a merry trip through the glamour and absurdity of Hollywood. Kaufman translates the original story of a naval captain’s daughter, in love with a lowly sailor while promised to 'The ruler of the Queen’s na-vee,' to that of a director’s self-involved movie star daughter, in love with a lowly writer, while promised to the clueless studio head. The action plays amidst a swirl of Hollywood types, including a daffy gossip columnist, a bundle of sunshine publicist, and a devious, sharp-as-a-tack agent—who is, naturally, the villain of the piece. Kaufman’s wit is on full display in this delightful satire, complete with a surprising Hollywood ending."

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March 15-17, 2013
Happy Hunting
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse
Lyrics by Matt Dubey
Music by Harold Karr
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong
Music direction by Aaron Gandy

"Mama Rose meets 'The Hostess With The Mostes’ On The Ball' in Happy Hunting, the 1956 musical that was a star vehicle written for the incomparable 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. 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."

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March 22-24, 2013
Silk Stockings
Book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Directed by Stuart Ross

"Based on Ernst Lubitch’s brilliant romantic comedy, Ninotchka, where 'Garbo Laughs' was the tag line, Silk Stockings uses the plot and characters of this film to launch a Hot Romance during the height of the cold war. The plot of Silk Stockings provides a humorous look at the stereotypical Soviet psyche, and Ninotchka’s attempt to resist the temptations of Paris while valiantly carrying out her political mission, developed with logic and wit in this 1955 musical gem. This new adaptation of the original show was brought to life by Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid, York’s Enter Laughing), and Cole Porter’s outstanding score remains a joy," and includes the ballads “What Is This Thing Called Love," "All of You," "Paris Loves Lovers" and "As on Through The Seasons We Sail," satires of Moscow in "Red Blues" and "Hail, Bibinski," as well as "Stereophonic Sound."

For additional information on Musicals in Mufti, visit www.yorktheatre.org.