York Theatre Company
, celebrating the legendary librettist and lyricist Tom Jones
with Musicals in Mufti
: The Tom Jones
Festival, presents the third musical in the spring series: the New York Premiere of Harold and Maude, with Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
and Music by Joseph Thalken
(Was, Songs from an Unmade Bed), based on the screenplay by Colin Higgins
. BroadwayWorld caught the show's stars on opening night. See pictures of Matt Dengler
, Cass Morgan
, Donna English
, Joseph Thalken
, Tom Jones
and more below!
The limited engagement plays through April 15 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Directed by Carl Andress, the cast features 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 Maude and 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's being described as "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 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 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).
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.
Read more about Harold and Maude's limited run here, and check out photos from last night's premiere below!
Photo credit: Linda Lenzi
Matt Dengler and Cass Morgan
Donna English, Matt Dengler and Cass Morgan
Joseph Thalken and Tom Jones
Tom Jones and Janet Watson
Joseph Thalken, Tom Jones and James Morgan
John Bell, Carl Andress, Joseph Thalken, Tom Jones and James Morgan
John Bell, Donna English, Carl Andress, Cass Morgan, Joseph Thalken, Tom Jones, Matt Dengler and James Morgan
Matt Dengler, Cass Morgan, Carl Andress and Donna English
Elisa Stein, James Morgan and Molly Grosse
Carl Andress, Elisa Stein, James Morgan and Molly Grosse
Carl Andress and Greg Santos
Fran Roberts, Elisa Stein, Rosalie Reinhardt and Cristin Whitley