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John Tartaglia Hosts York Theatre Company's '100 MUSICALS IN MUFTI' Benefit Tonight

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, will present an unforgettable one-night only benefit, The 100 Musicals in Mufti Concert Celebration. The evening will honor the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series and its landmark 100th production, this evening, March 30, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in The Sanctuary at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 54th Street). All proceeds will benefit The York Theatre Company and the Musicals in Mufti Series.

Glenn Seven Allen, Sherry Boone, Kerri Conte, and Tony Award nominees Robert Cuccioli and George S. Irving join the roster of Mufti alumni and favorites scheduled to perform that include Nancy Anderson, Klea Blackhurst, Robert Creighton, Gretchen Cryer, Stephanie d'Abruzzo, Erin Davie, Stephen DeRosa, Ben Fankhauser, Debbie Gravitte, Judy Kaye, Richard Kind, Michael McCormick, Janet Metz, Patrick Page, Jim Stanek, Nick Wyman, and Karen Ziemba.

The evening will be hosted by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia, and will be directed by Michael Unger (York Associate Artistic Director), with music direction by Eric Svejcar. Guest Mufti composers include Nancy Ford, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Jones, Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire. (All subject to availability.) The Production Stage Manager is Meg Friedman.

Tickets for this special benefit concert celebration will include a star-studded reception following the performance and are priced at $75. They may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the York Theatre box office at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.). For additional information, visit

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.

Pictured: John Tartaglia as Josh and Jeremy Shinder as Billy in York Theatre Company's BIG. Photo by Jenny Anderson.

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