Enter Laughing to Play Return Engagement at York Theatre Company

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Enter Laughing: The Musical, which recently ended a limited engagement at the York Theatre Company, will return to the Theater at St. Peter's for an encore run in January 2009.

The comic, showbiz coming-of-age tale once known as So Long, 174th Street and inspired by the early life of writer Carl Reiner will again play the Off-Broadway venue Jan. 21, 2009-March 8, 2009.

The musical ended its initial run Oct. 26. The theatre company will next present My Vaudeville Man, which begins previews Nov. 7.

In a statement producing artistic director James Morgan said, "We are delighted to bring Enter Laughing: The Musical back to our stage. No show in York's 40-year history has had such a phenomenal reception from audiences and critics alike. It's particularly exciting that this return engagement allows us to continue polishing this hilarious gem. I know I speak for many when I say, 'I can't wait to see it again!'"

Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid) directed Enter Laughing, which featured Josh Grisetti as David Kolowitz, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker (both of "L.A. Law") as Mother and Father, Paul Binotto (Dreamgirls) as Don, Ray DeMattis (City of Angels) as Foreman, Erick Devine (Seussical) as Pike, Betsy DiLellio, Janine LaManna (Seussical, Sweet Charity) as Angela, Gerry McIntyre (Once On This Island) as Don, Robb Sapp (Zanna Don't) as Marvin, Emily Shoolin as Wanda, Allison Spratt (Curtains) as Miss B, and theatre legend and Tony Award winner George S. Irving (Irene, Me and My Girl and the original cast of Oklahoma! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), who re-created his original role of Marlowe.

Matt Castle, who was the show's music director, also played the role of Roger. Casting for the return engagement will be announced shortly.

Enter Laughing has a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) and music and lyrics by Stan Daniels ("Taxi"). The musical is based on Stein's play Enter Laughing, which was inspired by Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel.

As So Long, 174th Street, the show had a 16-performance run on Broadway in 1976 (at the Harkness Theatre, at 62nd and Broadway, which was razed in 1977). The bankable Robert Morse (How to Succeed…) was cast as the juvenile lead, David, but Morse was no longer a kid. The musical's score achieved a cult status.

The show, according to the York, tells "the hilarious story of young aspiring actor David Kolowitz in 1930s New York City as he tries to free himself from overly protective parents and girlfriends, all the while struggling to meet the challenge of an immense lack of talent."

The new production featured scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by David Toser and lighting design by Chris Robinson.

The York previously presented a Musicals in Mufti weekend staging of Enter Laughing in September 2007. That production was so successful that an encore weekend presentation was offered in December 2007. The musical now returns for a month-long, fully-produced run.

The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter's Theatre in Citigroup Center at 619 Lexington Avenue. Tickets are available by calling (212) 935-5820 or by visiting www.yorktheatre.org.

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