Musicals in Mufti Announces its Spring Season

Well it’s not the crew at the Shubert Theatre, but we’ll be treated to High Spirits in NYC this spring after all. Here’s the lineup for Musicals in Mufti:

The Grand Tour (May 29-31),
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
(Based on the play Jacobowski and the Colonel by Franz Werfel)
Directed by Michael Montel; music direction by James Bassi
“A bittersweet comic tale featuring love triangles, mistaken identity and a wedding at sea. At the onset of the Nazi invasion, two strangers with nothing in common travel from France to England and unexpectedly become the best of friends.”

High Spirits (June 12-14)
Book, music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray
(Based on the play Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward)
Directed by Marc Bruni; music direction by Vadim Feichtner
“A happily re-married widower gets a surprise visit from his first wife when a kooky medium mistakenly awakens her spirit from the dead.”

Knickerbocker Holiday (June 26-28)
Book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Music by Kurt Weill
Directed by Michael Unger; music direction by John Bell
“On the eve of the American Revolution, the arrival of a new Governor in New York City (then called New Amsterdam) causes a great deal of chaos amongst his new constituents in this madcap ‘romantic-political-musical-comedy.'”

The York Theatre Company plays the Theatre at Saint Peter’s, which is located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, priced $37.50, call (212) 935-5820 or visit

Quote of the Day: ‘At Large’ Elsewhere

From Peter Filichia’s Diary on 1.30.08:

‘Staying on the subject of the presidency, Bruce Haberkern wrote that “With the events of this month’s Inauguration, it might be a chance to revisit the Bernstein-Lerner unsuccessful musical, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The musical had a lot to do with the black servants’ participation in maintaining the White House, especially in the lyrics of ‘Take Care of this House.’ Today their descendants are actually taking care of that (White) House.”

Kevin Daly mentioned 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, too, and cast Victoria Clark in the Patricia Routledge role should the show ever materialize. (Given the estates’ feelings about the quick flop, that will only happen when the show goes into the public domain.) But Daly came up with an even more fetching idea that really should happen — and could: “Let’s have the upcoming cast of Blithe Spirit present a one-night concert performance of High Spirits for their Actor’s Fund performance.” If it happens, I’m there!’

Hey Bernstein and Lerner estates, let’s talk, shall we?