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It’s a good start

Musicals in Mufti is a York Theatre Company tradition, in the vein of City Center’s Encores! series.

The Full Company: Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyricist/director), Charlotte Maltby, David Shire (music), Bobby Conte Thornton, Kurt Stamm, Krystal Joy Brown and Kevin Stites (music director). Photo credit: Ben Strothmann.
The Full Company: Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyricist/director), Charlotte Maltby, David Shire (music), Bobby Conte Thornton, Kurt Stamm, Krystal Joy Brown and Kevin Stites (music director). Photo credit: Ben Strothmann.

Starting Here, Starting Now, playing at the York through March 20th, is a revue of music on which David Shire (music) and Richard Maltby, Jr (lyrics) collaborated. The collection of theater songs began life as an off-Broadway production in the ’70s and had success with MTC when it played at the Bohemian National Home. . Maltby also directs this production, which has music direction by Kevin Stites, and a three-member cast featuring Krystal Joy Brown, Charlotte Maltby, and Bobby Conte Thornton.

Starting Here, Starting Now is amusing, intimate and touching. Some of the songs are almost mini-playlets, like “We can talk to each other,” or “Crossword puzzle,” each delivered with smarts by the cast.

“One step” is a show-stopping number in the style of Fosse, and Krystal, Charlotte and Bobby pull it off with plenty of pizazz.

Many musical numbers from Starting Here, Starting Now are very familiar. Streisand has recorded a few, including the title track. “I don’t remember Christmas” is a personal favorite.

For more information on Musicals in Mufti, the York Theatre Company and Starting Here, Starting Now, please visit www.yorktheatre.org/

 

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