Sunday night we finished 10 performances of pure absolute over-the-top joy with 8 incredible voices—Micki Grant’s DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE. All but one performance ended with a standing ovation. Very exciting.
Monday morning we started rehearsals for STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW, with another fab cast—and it is already sounding truly wonderful. Get your tickets now, is all I can say. Back to back musical theater history. Two completely unrelated shows, which have not been seen in NYC in 40 years or more.
Only disappointing thing to me was the number of our regular patrons who didn’t see COPE. Hmmmm. Now I know there may be people who saw it originally and may not have wanted to see it again. I heard from several people, “Oh I just don’t think it’s my kind of show.” Hmmm, again. How sad to just decide without knowing it that they wouldn’t like it. Why not be a little adventurous, I wonder? One of these people had said, awhile back, “You don’t need to tell me what the Mufti shows are; just give me the dates so I can put them in my calendar.” (One regular attendee passed on it because “the comma in the title really should be a semi-colon.” I kid you not).
Anyway, for people who took a chance on it, most were blown away. Here are emails from four friends, discerning theatergoers all, who would say if they didn’t like something:
Many thanks for your phone call to see Cope. Just what I needed. I had just gotten home from a long plane trip late the night before, then this gem at the York appeared before me - OMG - this is the best theater ever! You are a genius to have produced this - yes it must be fully realized. Many thanks & congratulations –
Re Cope, as I said on the way out, I thought it was the perfect Mufti. You resurrected a show of real significance, very much of its time but still (sadly) relevant and still powerful. I enjoyed all of it — quietly — until we went to church, and then the doors practically blew off. Amazing.
I didn’t know the show (except for the unforgettable title). The only song I recognized was Human Feeling. I somehow expected the songs to have more edge, and at times wished they did, but I totally gave in to the show's warmth and gentle spirit.
And having Micki Grant in the audience — and on stage. Those are the theater moments we always hope for and rarely get. Thanks!
Your invitation to come to COPE was indeed an extraordinary gift. That the York is keeping these landmarks of American musical theater history alive is a priceless contribution, and I pray that the York may find sponsors to mount them in full production, as well as also continuing to provide the opportunity for new works to be developed and enter the contemporary repertoire. The York is a national treasure and deserves to be supported up the wazoo. So, once again thanks for your [as always,] great warmth and graciousness.
Love and best wishes,,
Hi Jim: COPE. Best. Mufti. Ever. Because it was so unexpected! xo