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The York Theatre Company, The Winter 2013 Series, Musicals in Mufti. Musical theater gems in staged concert performances.

February 15-17, 2013
Two by Two Based on the play The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets
Book by Peter Stone
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Music by Richard Rodgers
With Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh
Directed by Martin Charnin

The legendary composer Richard Rodgers entered his seventh decade of writing for the theatre with Broadway's 1970 Two by Two starring Danny Kaye. 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. 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 Martin Charnin directs this production with a revised book by Peter Stone and featuring one of Richard Rodgers' most touching--and least known--scores.

March 1-3, 2013
Hollywood Pinafore
Book and Lyrics by George S. Kaufman
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Music Direction by Beth Falcone
Directed by Mark Kaufmann

Hollywood Pinafore is George S. Kaufman's 1945 transplant of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore from the world of British maritime to a Hollywood movie studio. Arthur Sullivan's sparkling score is wed with Kaufman's canny, hilarious lyrics, making for a merry trip through the glamour and absurdity of Hollywood. Kaufman translates the original story of a naval captain's daughter, in love with a lowly sailor while promised to "The ruler of the Queen's na-vee", to that of a director's self-involved movie star daughter, in love with a lowly writer, while promised to theclueless studio head. The action plays amidst a swirl of Hollywood types, including a daffy gossip columnist, a bundleofsunshine publicist, and a devious, sharp-as-a-tack agent--who is, naturally, the villain of the piece. Kaufman's wit is on full display in this delightful satire, complete with a surprising Hollywood ending.

March 15-17, 2013
Happy Hunting
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Lyrics by Matt Dubey
Music by Harold Karr
With Klea Blackhurst
Music Direction by David Andrews Rogers
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong

Mama Rose meets "The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball" in Happy Hunting, the 1956 musical that was a star vehicle written for the incomparable Ethel Merman. A huge, flamboyant, bubbly, light-hearted romp, Happy Hunting features a gag-filled book by the authors of Anything Goes and a delectable score featuring the Merman classics"Mutual Admiration Society" and "Gee, But It's Good to Be Here." When Liz Livingstone--rich, widowed Philadelphia hostess with a heart of gold--perceives a snub at the Grace Kelly-Prince Rainier "Wedding of the Year" in Monaco, she single-mindedly sets out to snare an even more impressively titled husband for her daughter. Things get predictably complicated when she succeeds and then promptly falls for her intended son-in-law herself! Meanwhile, the bride-to-be only has eyes for the society lawyer, and Liz's dashing Duke turns out to be very possibly penniless.

March 22-24, 2013
Silk Stockings
Book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Revised by Stuart Ross
Music Direction by David Snyder
Directed by Stuart Ross

Based on Ernst Lubitch's brilliant romantic comedy, Ninotchka, where "Garbo Laughs" was the tag line, Silk Stockings uses the plot and characters of this film to launch a Hot Romance during the height of the cold war. The plot of Silk Stockings provides a humorous look at the stereotypical Soviet psyche, and Ninotchka's attempt to resist the temptations of Paris while valiantly carrying out her political mission, developed with logic and wit in this 1955 musical gem. This new adaptation of the original show was brought to life by Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid, York's Enter Laughing); Cole Porter's outstanding score remains a joy, and includes the ballads "All of You," "Paris Loves Lovers," "As on Through The Seasons We Sail," and "What Is This Thing Called Love" satires of Russia in "Red Blues" and "Hail, Bibinski," as well as "Stereophonic Sound."

FEATURING WORKS BY: Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and George S. Kaufman

at The Theatre at Saint Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10022 Enter on 54th Street just East of Lexington


The Theatre at Saint Peter's

619 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022