The York Theatre Company's (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director)
concert revival of MINNIE'S BOYS, the first show in its latest Musicals
in Mufti Series—the York's acclaimed series of musical theatre gems in
staged concert performances—has sold out. 'Mufti' (pronounced MUFF'
tee) means "in street clothes; without the usual trappings." With
music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady and book by Arthur Marx
and Robert Fisher, MINNIE'S BOYS plays May 30-June 1.
The cast features: Tony nominee Pamela Myers (Company) as Minnie Marx,
Jim Walton (Show Boat) as Al Shean, Dan Bogart (Les Miserables) as
Herbie/Zeppo, Ryan Duncan (Shrek the Musical) as Leonard/Chico, Nick
Gaswirth (The Water) as Adolph/Harpo, Beth Glover (Take Me Along) as
Mrs. McNish, Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Julie/Groucho, Don Mayo (Man
of La Mancha) as Albie, Nancy McCall (Nine) as Mrs. Flanigan, Emily
Shoolin (Enter Laughing) as Miss Murdock, Kelly Sullivan (Mel Brooks'
Young Frankenstein) as Cindy and Stuart Zagnit (Seussical) as Sam
Marx. Matt Castle serves as music director and Stuart Ross (creator of
Forever Plaid) directs.
MINNIE'S BOYS is loosely inspired by the early adventures of the Marx
Brothers. Would any mother envy Minnie Marx, whose five teenage sons
make her life endless chaos? She encourages the boys' dreams of
vaudeville stardom, touring with them through good times and bad until
the quintet become known to the world as Harpo, Chico, Gummo, Zeppo and
Groucho. The original Broadway production opened on March 26, 1970 at
the Imperial Theatre.
Over the past 14 years, the York's Musicals in Mufti Series has
presented more musicals than any other such series in the world. The
Summer '08 Mufti series is made up of shows with music by composer
Larry Grossman and features three of his Broadway shows: Minnie's Boys,
Grind (June 13-15) and Goodtime Charley (June 27-29). These will be
followed by the premiere of Compose Yourself! (July 11-13), a revue of
songs Grossman has written for stage, screen and television that will
introduce the York's latest series, New2NY—New York City premieres of
musicals in staged concert performances. For more information and to
purchase tickets, visit www.yorktheatre.org, or call the York box office at 212-935-5820. The box office is open Monday to Friday, Noon-6pm.
The York is the only theater in New York City–and one of very few in
the world–dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals, as
well as preserving shows from the past. For more than three decades,
York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and
rarely seen classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and
recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of
Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused
exclusively on new musicals in its Mainstage Series–most of them world,
American, or New York premieres–by some of the field's most esteemed
creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new
writers. Nearly 30 cast recordings from York Theatre Company
productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such
York productions as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir,
Jolson & Company, and acclaimed revivals of Sweeney Todd and
Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its
programs. York's Musicals in Mufti Series, which offers rarely seen
works from the past, has produced more titles than any other musical
theatre concert series, and is the only series that has presented works
from on Broadway and Off-, as well as from London's West End. The Tony
Award-winning Broadway hit Avenue Q made its first appearance as part
of York's Developmental Reading Series, which presents over 40 free
readings of new musicals every year.
For ticket information visit www.yorktheatre.org or call 212-935-5820. The York Theatre Company is in Saint Peter's Theatre- 54th Street just east of Lexington- take the E train to Lexington Avenue or 6 train to 51st Street
Music Director Matt Castle and Emily Shoolin
Nick Gaswirth and Composer Larry Grossman
Lyricist Hal Hackady and Pamela Myers
Anne Kaufman Schneider and Producing Artistic Director, James Morgan
Lyricist Hal Hackady and Composer Larry Grossman
Back row: Ryan Duncan, Pamela Myers, Director Stuart Ross,Dan Bogart; Front: Nick Gaswirth, Erik Liberman
Stuart Zagnit and Jim Walton
Photos from the York Theatre Company.