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Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the season opener of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE, a musical entertainment with by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll.

Directed by Leslie Dockery, and with musical direction by William Foster McDaniel, the eight-member cast will feature Jelani Alladin (Ragtime), Darilyn Castillo (It Ain't Nothin But the Blues), Doug Eskew (The Color Purple), Tina Fabrique(Ragtime), Marva Hicks (Motown, The Musical), Devin L. Roberts (The Lion King), Raun Ruffin (The Civil War) andDebra Walton (Storyville).

The limited engagement of DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE will play 10 performances only through March 6, 2016 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE, a musical entertainment with book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant and conceived by Vinnette Carroll, will be directed by Leslie Dockery. With five 1972 Tony Award nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also won Micki Grant a Grammy Award for best score -- the first female to be so honored. Ms. Grant was also one of the stars of the show, which came to Broadway after successful runs in Washington DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia. The show ran for over two years on Broadway. A dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock, the show illuminates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance. DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE is the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Musicals In Mufti Presents Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
James Morgan (Producing Artistic Director)

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
James Morgan

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
William Foster McDaniel (Musical Director) with Clyde Bullard on bass and Napoleon Revels-Bey on drums

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Doug Eskew, Debra Walton, Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Darilyn Castillo and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Doug Eskew, Debra Walton, Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Darilyn Castillo and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Doug Eskew and Debra Walton

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Debra Walton, Doug Eskew, Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Darilyn Castillo and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Debra Walton, Doug Eskew, Tina Fabrique, Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Darilyn Castillo and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Tina Fabrique

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Micki Grant (Composer) and Jelani Alladin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Micki Grant and Jelani Alladin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Debra Walton, Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique, Micki Grant and Jelani Alladin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique and Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks and Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Valerie Price and Leon T. Goodman

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Raun Ruffin and family

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin and Margaret Emory

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
LaChanze and Lillias White

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
LaChanze and Lillias White

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Raun Ruffin, Devin L. Roberts, Jelani Alladin, Debra Walton, Darilyn Castillo, Marva Hicks, Tina Fabrique and Doug Eskew

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Darilyn Castillo, Debra Walton, Tina Fabrique and Marva Hicks

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Darilyn Castillo

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Darilyn Castillo

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Debra Walton

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Debra Walton

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Debra Walton, Devin L. Roberts, Micki Grant, Marva Hicks, Darilyn Castillo, Tina Fabrique, Doug Eskew and Julia Lema (Assistant Director)

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
James Morgan, William Foster McDonald, Jelani Alladin, Raun Ruffin, Debra Walton, Devin L. Roberts, Micki Grant, Marva Hicks, Darilyn Castillo, Tina Fabrique, Doug Eskew and Julia Lema

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Tina Fabrique

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Tina Fabrique

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Raun Ruffin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Raun Ruffin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Marva Hicks

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin, Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks, Raun Ruffin, Micki Grant, Leslie Dockery (Director), Darilyn Castillo, Doug Eskew, Devin L. Roberts, Debra Walton and Julia Lema

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Lillias White, James Morgan, Micki Grant, Leslie Dockery and Julia Lema

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
James Morgan and Leslie Dockery

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Leslie Dockery, James Morgan and Julia Lema

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Gerry McIntyre, LaChanze, Jerry Dixon, Andrea Frierson and Milton Craig Nealy

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Milton Craig Nealy, LaChanze, Lillias White ad Weyman Thompson

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Doug Eskew

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Doug Eskew

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin, Doug Eskew, Raun Ruffin and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jelani Alladin, Doug Eskew, Leslie Dockery, Raun Ruffin and Devin L. Roberts

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
William Foster McDaniel, Leslie Dockery and Napolean Revels-Bey

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Leslie Dockery

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Leslie Dockery

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Darilyn Castillo and Roderick Lawrence

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant and Leslie Dockery

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Micki Grant and James Morgan

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Carol Woods and Lillias White

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Carol Woods, Debra Walton and Lillias White

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE Celebrates Opening Night
Jerry Dixon, Marva Hicks and Mario Cantone


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