Claybourne Elder, Sara Jean Ford, Danny Rutigliano, Mary Stout Star in Mufti Hollywood Pinafore, March 1-3
By Andrew Gans
The York Theatre Company's production of Hollywood Pinafore — part of its Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series — plays March 1-3 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
Directed by Mark Kaufmann and with music direction by Beth Falcone, the cast comprises Susan Blommaert, Claybourne Elder, Jennifer Evans, Sara Jean Ford, Tom Galantich, Julie Kotarides, Dennis Parlato, Andrew Ragone, Kilty Reidy, Danny Rutigliano and Mary Stout.
Hollywood Pinafore features book and lyrics by George S. Kaufman and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. It was originally produced in 1945.
Hollywood Pinafore, according to the York, 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."
Performances 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 the matinee performances.
Tickets are priced at $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).
Mufti means "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with the original full productions." Musicals in Mufti will continue with Happy Hunting starring Klea Blackhurst (March 15-17) and Silk Stockings (March 22-24).
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