Joining Alexander as Noah and Feldshuh as Esther will be Frank Calamaro, Natalie Cortez (West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Giant at The Public), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie & Clyde), Ruthie Ann Miles, Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby, Company) and Josh Tower (Ragtime, The Lion King).
Directed by lyricist Charnin with music direction by Christopher McGovern, the limited engagement will play five performances Feb. 15-17 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's. Two By Two features a book by Stone and music by Richard Rodgers.
"The story of Noah and the Ark is a musical adaptation of Clifford Odets' play The Flowering Peach and is retold with Noah and his family characterized in modern Jewish vernacular," according to Off-Broadway's York. "It seems that the building of the ark was only the first of Noah's many daunting challenges in a journey that wasn't always smooth sailing. By turns inspirational and hilarious, it's good fun from The Good Book and when the land has dried, man and beast alike are invited to go forth and prosper in a bright New World."
Lyricist Charnin directs the production with a revised book by the late Stone. The musical bowed on Broadway in 1970.
Jason Alexander is best known for his stint as George Costanza on the hit TV series "Seinfeld." On Broadway, he starred in the original companies of Merrily We Roll Along; The Rink; Broadway Bound; Accomplice; and Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which he won the Tony, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actor in a Musical. He is the artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company in L.A. Alexander also starred in the L.A. production of The Producers with Martin Short. He just completed directing the world premiere of a new stage revue, When You're In Love, The Whole World is Jewish.
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Show times 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 matinees.
Tickets are priced $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).
The York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series features musical theatre gems in simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format. Mufti means "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with the original full productions."
Musicals in Mufti will continue with Hollywood Pinafore (Kaufman/Sullivan) (March 1-3), Happy Hunting (Lindsay & Crouse/Dubey/Karr) (March 15-17) and Silk Stockings (Kaufman/MacGrath/Porter) (March 22-24).