Ralston, Desai, Rodriguez and More Set for Mufti Bajour

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06 Jul 2007

Teri Ralston in a recent production of <I>Hats!</I>
Teri Ralston in a recent production of Hats!
Photo by Dave Harder
Initial casting has been announced for the York Theatre Company's upcoming production of Bajour, the third entry in its summer Musicals in Mufti series.
Directed by Stuart Ross with musical direction by Mark Hartman, the Ernest Kinoy-Walter Marks musical will run July 13-15. The cast will feature Talia Barzilay, Angel Desai (as Emily), Erick Devine, Michael Iannucci, Don Mayo (as Newark), Nancy McCall, Nicholas Rodriguez (as Steve), Thom Christopher (as Johnny Dembo), Teri Ralston (as Momma) and Deone Zanotto (as Anyanka).

Bajour, which is based on Joseph Mitchell short stories published in the New Yorker, features a book by Ernest Kinoy and music and lyrics by Walter Marks.

A "bajour," according to press notes, "is to gypsies the highest of all the arts, and refers to a con game involving separating lonely older women from their savings." The musical concerns "an anthropology student at NYU whose doctoral study of nomadic gypsies brings her in contact with a tribal leader, who needs to raise a dowry to purchase a bride from Newark’s Gypsy King for his son. Anxious to marry, this bride offers to stage a 'bajour' to help finance it but complications ensue when she targets the student’s widowed mother."

Lawrence Kasha directed the original Broadway run, which opened at the Shubert Theatre Nov. 23, 1964. The cast included Nancy Dussault, Herschel Bernardi, Chita Rivera and Mae Questel.

Bajour will play the Theatre at Saint Peter's, which is located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (212) 935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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The Musicals in Mufti series offers rarely performed musicals in staged concert performances. "Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the usual trappings."

The Mufti season will conclude July 27-29 with The Day Before Spring; David Glenn Armstrong directs.