The York Theatre's Musicals in Mufti series--in which old musicals are presented as script-in-hand staged readings with cut-down casts, no scenery or costumes, and little more than a piano as orchestra--has proven popular with audiences, offering titles which are not likely to be seen again on Broadway or even at City Center Encores! The Mufti program is now in its twentieth season, and has a steady enough following to fill the 175-seater in a church basement within the Citicorp complex on Lexington Avenue. So much so, that they have now expanded to a two-week, ten-performance run.
One wishes the York full success with their new Mufti policy, but we can't say that this season's opener triumphs. The show in question is Big, also known as Big: The Musical lest we not walk into the theatre expecting to see Tom Hanks. Big, which premiered at the Shubert in the spring of 1996, was ...
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