Knickerbocker Holiday: York announces cast for Mufti concert



The York Theatre Company has announced casting for Knickerbocker Holiday, the final Spring 2009 Musicals in Mufti staged concert presentations, playing at the Theatre at Saint Peter�s from 26 - 28 Jun 2009.

Directed by Michael Unger, Knickerbocker Holiday will feature Cyrilla Baer (Adding Machine) as 'Mistress Schermerhorn,' Kelli Barrett (Rock of Ages) as 'Tina Tienhoven,' Walter Charles (The Apple Tree) as 'Tienhoven,' Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing, The Musical) as 'Washington Irving,' William Parry (Gypsy) as 'Roosevelt,' Bobby Steggert (110 in the Shade) as 'Brom Broeck' and Martin Vidnovic (Footloose) as 'Pieter Stuyvesant.'

The cast will also include John O�Creagh (1776, Paper Mill), Ronica Reddick, Roland Rusinek (The Phantom of the Opera), Lucia Spina (South Pacific) and Jendi Tarde.

Knickerbocker Holiday: 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.

This cult classic (which went on to inspire the Oscar-nominated film of the same name) opened on Broadway in 1938 and imaginatively used the setting of New York City on the eve of the American Revolution to create a farcical response to President Roosevelt�s New Deal. Based on �Father Knickerbocker�s History� by American master Washington Irving with music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Knickerbocker Holiday is filled with romance and political humor, and the score includes �How Can You Tell an American?�, �It Never Was You� and �September Song.�

�Mufti� (pronounced MUFF� tee) means �in street clothes; without the usual trappings� and each show in the Series is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. To date, the York has presented over 70 Mufti concert revivals of musical theatre gems from Broadway, Off-Broadway and London, celebrating such writers as Richard Rodgers, George Abbott, Larry Grossman and Joseph Stein.

Notable Musicals in Mufti presentations have included 'Enter Laughing, The Musical' (which inspired The York�s record-breaking Off-Broadway production), 'Take Me Along,' 'The Grass Harp,' 'Carmelina,' 'Plain and Fancy,' 'Lucky Stiff,' 'Darling of the Day,' 'Mata Hari,' 'Carmen Jones,' 'Billion Dollar Baby' and '70, Girls, 70.'

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