THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY

WINTER 2016 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES
CONCLUDES WITH “STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW”

MUSIC BY DAVID SHIRE
LYRICS AND DIRECTION BY RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
MUSIC DIRECTION BY KEVIN STITESFEATURING

KRYSTAL JOY BROWN, CHARLOTTE MALTBY, AND BOBBY CONTE THORTON10 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
MARCH 12 -20, 2016


THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S: The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the announcement of complete casting for the final show of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Starting Here, Starting Now, with music by David Shire and lyrics and direction by Richard Maltby, Jr. With music direction by Kevin Stites, the three-member cast will feature Krystal Joy Brown (Motown, The Musical), Charlotte Maltby (Empire), and Bobby Conte Thornton (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).The limited engagement of Starting Here, Starting Now will play 10 performances only March 12 - 20, 2016 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 set for Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this thrilling and touching intimate revue by the team that brought you Big, Baby, and York’s recent award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than Ever. This bold, extroverted revue takes a journey through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, from wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1976.The performance schedule for Starting Here, Starting Now is Saturday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m.* and 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances). 

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-first historic year with the 103rd presentation of shows from the past. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”Single tickets for Starting Here, Starting Nw are priced at $45 and available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).York Theatre Company Members save even more. The Membership Package, priced at $54, includes exclusive savings on all York Theatre Company performances, VIP Member-Only Receptions, priority access to special events and programming, discounts on lobby concessions and merchandise, and special ticket exchange privileges. For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.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. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and 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 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 York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.

Recent hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings, Cagney, starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney and the original York Cast, which is scheduled to begin performances at the Westside Theatre on March 16, 2016, and York’s recent award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than Ever.