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Opening Night of Lolita My Love and You Are There

Opening Night of Lolita My Love and You Are There
The cast and creative of Lolita My Love

The York Theatre Company concluded its 25th Anniversary of its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series celebrating the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lernerwith the third show in the 2019 Winter series the NY premiere of the Lolita, My Love, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, as edited by Erik Haagensen. 

Robert Sella, John Witham and Caitlin Cohn

The show officially opened last night, February 24. T2C’s Genevieve Rafter Keddy was there.

James Morgan and Robert Sella
Erik Haagensen Robert Sella, Emily Maltby, Caitlin Cohn and Deniz Cordell

Directed by Emily Maltby

Beth Fowler and John Witham from the original company of Loita My Love

and with music direction by Deniz Cordell

George Abud

the 13-member cast features George Abud (The Band’s Visit) as Clare Quilty

Caitlin Cohn 

Caitlin Cohn (The Secret Garden) as Dolores “Lolita” Haze

Robert Sella

Robert Sella (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Humbert Humbert

Thursday Farrar

Thursday Farrar (Aida) as Dr. June Ray

Thursday Farrar
 Jessica Tyler Wright

and Jessica Tyler Wright (Sweeney Todd) as Charlotte Haze

Becca Fox

with Becca Fox (Singin’ in the Rain

Hanako Greensmith

Hanako Greensmith (Spring Awakening)

Victoria Huston-Elem

Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland)

Jay Aubrey Jones

Jay Aubrey Jones (Assassins)

Kennedy Kanagawa

Kennedy Kanagawa (Into the Woods)

Max Meyers (Buddy: The Buddy HollyStory)

Mark Montague

Mark Montague (A Very Brady Musical)

and Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, The Musical)

Based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, the musical, which originally closed in Boston in 1971, closely follows the legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady’s young daughter, Dolores “Lolita” Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins.

Thursday Farrar, Becca Fox, Analise Scarpaci, Victoria Huston-Elem and Hanako Greensmith
Jay Aubrey Jones, Kennedy Karagawa, Mark Montague and Max Meyers
Jessica Tyler Wright, Thursday Farrar, Becca Fox, Analise Scarpaci, Victoria Huston-Elem and Hanako Greensmith

For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen (Darling of the Day and The Day Before Spring in Mufti) has created a new script, edited together from Lerner’s assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. Haagensen said “now audiences will have a chance to hear Lolita on stage and decide for themselves what they think of this unquestionably daring musical that begins as a black comedy and ends in tragedy.”

Kennedy Kanagawa and Victoria Huston-Elem

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, are part of the Muftis’ twenty-fifth historic year of presenting shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production.” 

Robert Sella, Analise Scarpaci and Michael Lavine

The limited engagement of Lolita, My Love plays 11 performances only, February 23 – March 3, 2019 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Erik Haagensen Robert Sella, Emily Maltby, John Witham, Caitlin Cohn and Deniz Cordell

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