Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh Star in York Theatre's TWO BY TWO, 2/15
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) has announced that Broadway veterans Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld," Jerome Robbins' Broadway) and Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony, Irena's Vow) will star in the season opener of the Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series: Two By Two, with Book by Peter Stone, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and Music by the legendary Richard Rodgers. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Directed by Martin Charnin (Annie) and with Music Direction by Keith Levenson (Annie), the limited engagement will play 5 performances February 15 - 17, 2013. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
The legendary composer Richard Rodgers entered his seventh decade of writing for the theatre with Broadway's 1970 Two by Two starring Danny Kaye. The story of Noah and the Ark is a musical adaptation of Clifford Odets' play The Flowering Peach and is retold with Noah and his family characterized in modern Jewish vernacular. It seems that the building of the ark was only the first of Noah's many daunting challenges in a journey that wasn't always smooth sailing. By turns inspirational and hilarious, it's good fun from The Good Book and when the land has dried, man and beast alike are invited to go forth and prosper in a bright New World. Lyricist Martin Charnin directs this production with a revised book by Peter Stone and featuring one of Richard Rodgers' most touching--and least known--scores.
Jason Alexander is best known for his award-winning stint as George Costanza on the hit TV series, "Seinfeld." Other television credits include "Bob Patterson" (prod./co-creator); "Listen Up"(prod.); the TV films "Bye Bye Birdie;" "The Man Who Saved Christmas;" "Cinderella;" and "A Christmas Carol;" guest appearances on "Community;" "Harry's Law;" "Criminal Minds;" "Friends;" "Monk;" "Star Trek-Voyager;" "Malcolm in the Middle;" "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" "Two and a Half Men;" the animated series' "Duckman;" "Aladdin;" "Dilbert;" "American Dad;" and "Dinosaurs." His film credits include Pretty Woman; White Palace; North; Dunston Checks In; Love, Valor, Compassion; Rocky and Bullwinkle, Ira and Abby and Hachiko and the upcoming Lucky Stiff. On Broadway, he starred in the original companies of Merrily We Roll Along; The Rink; Broadway Bound; Accomplice; and Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which he won the Tony, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actor in a Musical. Jason is the Artistic Director of the Reprise Theatre Company in L.A. where he starred in They're Playing Our Song; I Love My Wife; Give 'Em Hell, Harry; Defiled; Promises, Promises. In addition, he starred in the L.A. production of The Producers with Martin Short. He just completed directing the world premiere of a new stage revue, When You're In Love, The Whole World is Jewish and has produced the films Agent Cody Banks and the TV special "Ultimate Trek." As an author, he has penned the children's book, Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? He has taught acting at major universities around the country and internationally.
Tovah Feldshuh recently starred as Lady Politic in Volpone at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Notable Broadway credits include Golda's Balcony (the longest running one-woman play in Broadway history); Irena's Vow; Lend Me A Tenor; Yentl; Saravà!; Cyrano; Rodgers and Hart; Dreyfus in Rehearsal; and at the Roundabout: She Stoops to Conquer, Springtime for Henry, and Mistress of the Inn. She has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress. Off-Broadway credits include BAM's Three Sisters; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Vagina Monologues; and starring as the legendary Tallulah Bankhead in Tallulah Hallelujah! Other roles: Rose in Gypsy; Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop; Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She made her directorial debut with Naomi Ragen's Women's Minyan. Film: Kissing Jessica Stein (Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress); A Walk On The Moon; Just My Luck; Lady in the Water; Daniel; The Idolmaker; Brewster's Millions; Toll Booth (Best Supporting Actress - Method Fest); O Jerusalem (as Golda Meir); Eavesdrop; and Love Life, among others. Television: "Holocaust"(Emmy nomination); "Law & Order" (Emmy Nomination); "The Amazing Howard Hughes;" "Citizen Cohn;" "The Cosby Mysteries;" "The Cosby Show;" "The Education Of Max Bickford;" and "Covert Affairs," where she plays the head of Israeli Intelligence. Her one-woman show, Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!, sold out in London and culminated in a symphonic concert with Billy Crystal in Los Angeles. She also created a concert entitled Mining Golda: My Journey to Golda Meir which played the West End. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and the Israel Peace Medal. Her latest endeavor is entitled Aging is Optional. Like her on Facebook and visit www.tovahfeldshuh.com
The performance schedule for each presentation is: Fridays at 8:00 p.m., *Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and *Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (*Audience discussions follow all matinee performances). Casting for other shows will be announced soon.
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 Company at Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12-6 PM).
The York Theatre Company's acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, has presented over 80 shows from the past in its eighteen-year history. Mufti means: "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with the original full productions."
Musicals in Mufti will continue with Hollywood Pinafore (Kaufman/Sullivan) (March 1-3, 2013), Happy Hunting (Lindsay & Crouse/Dubey/Karr) (March 15-17, 2013), and Silk Stockings (Kaufman/MacGrath/Porter) (March 22-24, 2013) at The York Theatre Company at its home in Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
"For the last couple of years, York has explored the Off-Broadway musical, and with this series, we are excited to return to the world of Broadway and take a look at several more of its gems," said Producing Artistic Director James Morgan. "This will be a series of celebrations and discoveries for everyone to enjoy."