Natalie Cortez, Claybourne Elder, Elizabeth Stanley and More Complete Cast of York's Two By Two

By Michael Gioia
and Andrew Gans
February 4, 2013

The York Theatre Company has announced complete casting for Two By Two, the Richard Rodgers-Martin Charnin-Peter Stone musical of the Biblical Noah's Ark tale, the season opener of the Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series. As previously reported, Tony winner Jason Alexander and four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh will star. 



Joining Alexander as Noah and Feldshuh as Esther will be Frank Calamaro, Natalie Cortez (West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Giant at The Public), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie & Clyde), Ruthie Ann Miles, Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby, Company) and Josh Tower (Ragtime, The Lion King).

Directed by lyricist Charnin with music direction by Christopher McGovern, the limited engagement will play five performances Feb. 15-17 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's. Two By Two features a book by Stone and music by Richard Rodgers.

"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," according to Off-Broadway's York. "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 Charnin directs the production with a revised book by the late Stone. The musical bowed on Broadway in 1970.

Jason Alexander is best known for his stint as George Costanza on the hit TV series "Seinfeld." On Broadway, he starred in the original companies of Merrily We Roll Along; The Rink; Broadway Bound; Accomplice; and Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which he won the Tony, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actor in a Musical. He is the artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company in L.A. Alexander also starred in the L.A. production of The Producers with Martin Short. He just completed directing the world premiere of a new stage revue, When You're In Love, The Whole World is Jewish.

Tovah Feldshuh
photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tovah Feldshuh recently starred as Lady Politic in Volpone at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Notable Broadway credits include Golda's Balcony (the longest running one-woman play in Broadway history); Irena's Vow; Lend Me A Tenor; Yentl; Saravà!; Cyrano; Rodgers and Hart; Dreyfus in Rehearsal; and at the Roundabout: She Stoops to Conquer, Springtime for Henry and Mistress of the Inn. She has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and the Israel Peace Medal. Her latest endeavor is entitled Aging is Optional.

Show times are Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Audience discussions follow matinees.

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

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The York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series features musical theatre gems in simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format. Mufti means "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with the original full productions."

Musicals in Mufti will continue with Hollywood Pinafore (Kaufman/Sullivan) (March 1-3), Happy Hunting (Lindsay & Crouse/Dubey/Karr) (March 15-17) and Silk Stockings (Kaufman/MacGrath/Porter) (March 22-24).