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Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company Celebrates Opening Night of THE DAY BEFORE SPRING

Celebrating the centennial of Alan Jay Lerner! The York Theatre Company celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series honoring the works of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. For the second show in the 2019 Winter series, The York revisits one of Lerner and Loewe's lesser-known gems: 1945's The Day Before Spring, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by his longtime collaborator Frederick Loewe.

Directed and adapted by Marc Acito (Allegiance), and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the 11-member cast features Jonathan Christopher (La Boheme) as Gerald Barker, Michelle Liu Coughlin (The King and I) as May Tompkins, Nicolas Dromard (Mary Poppins) as Bill Tompkins, Judith Ingber (Man of La Mancha), Kent M. Lewis (Billy Elliot) as Harry Scott/Ensemble, Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie) as Christopher Randolph, Ian Lowe (Murder for Two) as Eddie Warren/Ensemble, Jesse Manocherian(Marry Harry) as Alex Rutland, Madison Claire Parks (The Fantasticks) as Katherine Townsend, Will Reynolds (Daddy Long Legs) as Peter Townsend, and Brittany Santos (West Side Story).

A married woman attends a college reunion where she encounters the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame. With a score that was never recorded, moments of The Day Before Spring served as inspiration for such Lerner and Loewe classics as Gigi and My Fair Lady. Although the show was previously seen in a Mufti staging in 2007, this presentation will feature the full original score, recently rediscovered for a 2010 UK production-its first hearing in New York since 1945. Performances begin Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 17, 2019.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

The Day Before Spring
Kent M. Lewis, Judith Ingber, Ian Lowe, Brittany Santos

The Day Before Spring
Nicolas Dromard, Jonathan Christopher, Michelle Liu Coughlin

The Day Before Spring
Alyse Alan Louis, Will Reynolds

The Day Before Spring
Jesse Manocherian

The Day Before Spring
Madison Claire Parks

The Day Before Spring
The cast of The Day Before Spring

The Day Before Spring
Buddy Williams, David Hancock Turner, George Farmer

The Day Before Spring
Madison Claire Parks

The Day Before Spring
Madison Claire Parks

The Day Before Spring
Madison Claire Parks, Will Reynolds

The Day Before Spring
Jesse Manocherian, Madison Claire Parks, Will Reynolds

The Day Before Spring
Kent M. Lewis, Jonathan Christopher, Jesse Manocherian, Will Reynolds, Ian Lowe, Nicolas Dromard

The Day Before Spring
Madison Claire Parks, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Alyse Alan Louis, Judith Ingber, Brittany Santos

The Day Before Spring
The cast of The Day Before Spring

The Day Before Spring
The cast and creative team of The Day Before Spring

The Day Before Spring
The company of The Day Before Spring

The Day Before Spring
Evans Haile, David Hancock Turner, Marc Acito, James Morgan

The Day Before Spring
Eric William Morris, Alyse Alan Louis

The Day Before Spring
Michelle Liu Coughlin, Martin Sola

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