Sheldon Harnick Says Rothschild & Sons May Return to Off-Broadway’s York

News   Sheldon Harnick Says Rothschild & Sons May Return to Off-Broadway’s York
On the Tony Awards red carpet, Sheldon Harnick said that Broadway isn’t likely for Rothschild & Sons, but may return to the York.
Glory Crampton and Robert Cuccioli
Glory Crampton and Robert Cuccioli

Rothschild & Sons, the Rothschilds spinoff that had its world premiere with the York Theatre Company last fall starring Broadway vet Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton, may return to the Off-Broadway theatre.

“It was very successful,” Harnick said on the Tony Awards red carpet, “and our producer Arnold Mittelman is now in the process of trying to get another production. It’s not likely that it will be on Broadway, but very possibly Off-Broadway—maybe again at the York Theatre—and I think it will be successful because the new version of it is quite wonderful.”

As previously reported by Playbill, producer Mittelman said that a London production is the first priority, and if all goes well, he is looking at a New York production in spring/winter of 2017.

Rothschild & Sons features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Harnick and a book by Sherman Yellen. The show is based on the Tony-nominated The Rothschilds, about a dynasty of German-Jewish financiers, which opened on Broadway in 1970.

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. 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.

The York Theatre Company production played an extended run from October 6-November 8, 2015. Producers haven’t yet confirmed a return engagement.

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