The York Theaters’ Winter 2017 Musicals in Mufti Series concludes with Dear World, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, new version by David Thompson (based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman starring 6-time Emmy® Award and Tony® Award-winner Tyne Daly as Countess Aurelia.
When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry—not to mention two other madwomen, a local sewerman, and a pair of young lovers—the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed.
With Dear World‘s opening on Broadway in 1969, Mr. Herman became the first composer-lyricist to have three productions simultaneously running on Broadway, and for her performance 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Honoree Angela Lansbury received the second of her five Tony® Awards. Michael Montel directs, with music direction by Christopher McGovern. The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, celebrates its twenty-second historic year of shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”
The final presentation of the three shows in the Winter 2017 Musicals in Mufti Series also features Alison Fraser (March of the Falsettos) as Constance, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Gabrielle, and Lenny Wolpe (Wicked) as The Sewerman, with Dewey Caddell (Finian’s Rainbow) as The Sergeant, J. Bernard Calloway (Memphis) as President 2, Ben Cherry (Fiddler on the Roof) as The Waiter, Stephen Mo Hanan (Jolson & Co.) as President 3, Erika Henningsen (Les Misérables) as Nina, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as Julian, Peter Land (My Fair Lady) as President 1, Gordon Stanley (Ragtime) as The Prospector, and Kristopher Thompson-Bolden (The Nutty Professor) as The Mute. Casting for the series is by Geoff Josselson.
The limited engagement of Dear World will play 12 performances only, February 25 – March 5, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Photography: Maryann Lopinto