Jeffrey B. Moss directs a cast that also includes Peter Cormican, Jonathan Hadley, David Bryant Johnson, Christine LaDuca, Jamie LaVerdiere, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Mark Pinter, Curtis Wiley and Christopher M. Williams.
Glory Crampton and Robert Cuccioli in the York's Rothschild & Sons
Rothschild & Sons launches York Theatre's 2015-16 season, with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 18. The production is presented by Arnold Mittelman and The National Jewish Theater Foundation.
Rothschild & Sons features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Sherman Yellen. The show features music supervision and orchestrations by Joseph Church, music direction by Jeffrey Klitz and choreography by Denis Jones.
Dubbed by Yellen as a "musical love story between a father and his sons," the new development is based on the Tony-nominated The Rothschilds, which opened on Broadway in 1970, inspired by the novel of the same name by Frederic Morton about the foundation of the dynasty of German-Jewish financiers. A story of human rights and triumph, the new work focuses on the relationships between the patriarch of the family, Mayer Rothschild, played by Cuccioli, his wife Gutele, played by Crampton, and their five sons, living as Jews in a German ghetto. Rothschild & Sons, a more intimate, one-act retelling, features several songs not included in the original, with new lyrics by Harnick. Composer Bock passed away in 2010.
The creative team includes James Morgan (set design), Carrie Robbins (costume design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design) and Jeff Marder (electronic music design). The production stage manager is Meg Friedman with assistant stage manager David Beller.