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York Theatre Company Musical in Mufti: HAROLD AND MAUDE Begins Apr 13

NEW YORK PREMIERE BEGINS APRIL 13
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
MUSICALS IN MUFTI: THE TOM JONES FESTIVAL”
PRESENTATION OF

H A R O L D   A N D    M A U D E

BY TOM JONES AND JOSEPH THALKEN

DIRECTED BY CARL ANDRESS

FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY
APRIL 13-15

AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH

New York, NY (April 9, 2012)  York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), celebrating the legendary librettist and lyricist Tom Jones with Musicals in Mufti: The Tom Jones Festival, presents the thirdmusical in the spring series:    the New York Premiere of Harold and Maude, with Book & Lyrics by Tom Jonesand Music by Joseph Thalken (Was, Songs from an Unmade Bed), based on the screenplay by Colin Higgins.  The limited engagement will play 5 performances April 13-15 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). 

{module ad_left_body}Directed by Carl Andress, the cast will feature original Harold and Maude cast members Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot) and Donna English (Lend Me a Tenor) with Matt Dengler (A Little Night Music) as Harold, Cass Morgan (Memphis) as Maudeand Steve Routman (Le Bete).

The musical adaptation of the 1971 cult-classic film Harold and Maude comes to life on the York stage in a new version by Jones and Thalken. In what some call the quintessential May-December romance, death-obsessed teenager, Harold, meets Maude, 79, at a funeral and thus begins one of the most unusual, yet truly touching romantic sagas in American pop-culture history.  Harold and Maude, featuring Estelle Parsons in the title role,received its world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2005. 

The performance schedule for Harold and Maude is:  Fridays at 8:00 p.m., *Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and *Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (*Talkbacks follow all matinee performances). 

Tickets are priced at  $39.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.).

Musicals in Mufti: The Tom Jones Festival will continue with Colette Collage (April 27-29), and conclude with The Game of Love (May 11-13).  Casting for both shows will be announced shortly.

York’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series of musical theatre gems in staged concert performances has presented over 80 shows from the past in simply-staged concert format.  Mufti means: “in street clothes,” without the trappings associated with the original productions.

Musicals in Mufti: The Tom Jones Festival launched the spring series with The Show Goes On, a portfolio of theater songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, directed by Pamela Hunt, and featured Tom Jones, Graham Rowat, Stephanie Umoh and Susan Watson.  The second musical in the series was Roadside, with Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones and Music by Harvey Schmidt, direction by David Glenn Armstrong and featured original Roadside cast member Ryan Alexander,Erick Devine, Janine DiVita, Jamie LaVerdiere, Daniel C. Levine, Ed Watts and  Nick Wyman. 

The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. Over the past two seasons, York productions and artists have been nominated for a combined 19 Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Off Broadway Alliance, AUDELCO and Callaway Awards (and its productions of Yank! A WWII Love Story and Enter Laughing, The Musical have both been announced for Broadway). For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and neglected classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing 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. Over 35 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)SouvenirJolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.


For more information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.


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