Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly stars in the York Theatre Company's spare revival of Jerry Herman's 1969 musical about French Countess Aurelia's efforts to fight big business and save her home. More…
When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry—not to mention two other madwomen, a local garbageman, and a pair of young lovers—the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed. Part of the York's 'Musicals in Mufti' series spotlighting classic, underappreciated Broadway musicals. 'Mufti' means 'in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production.' Each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.
See it if you're a Herman fan, esp'ly if you've never seen DW. Bare bones production is fun, thanks to a strong cast. Some good songs, timely content.
Don't see it if you dislike staged readings.Actors on book. Only piano, bass, & accordion.. Show is wacky, but theme of evil rich men echoes in the present.
See it if you love Jerry Herman. This is one of his gems. Great score. And Allison Frasier hits a home run. Tyne Daily is terrific.
Don't see it if you want a polished production.
See it if you like "lost" musicals in a semi-concert staging & you want to see proof that Tyne Daly is still & always an epic musical theater talent.
Don't see it if The book is weak & not all the songs are memorable, but I simply would not have missed this for the (Dear) World. Hurray for Mufti at York!
See it if you love Jerry Herman, Tyne Daly, and want to catch a rare performance of an even rarer musical gem from the late 60s.
Don't see it if you need a totally polished production to be happy. They are on book with minimal set and costumes.
See it if you like classic musicals of the golden age - this one a sort of chamber musical with charming story & evocative score. Great performances!
Don't see it if you want something edgy. This is a chance to see the great Tyne Daly & a strong cast in an intimate theater space in a very sweet musical.
See it if Tyne Daly, Ann Harada, Alison Fraser,all up-front and personal. Herman confection. Rarely produced musical. Theater history in a sm. house
Don't see it if Uncomfortable with unpolished and lack of poise. Actors with books.
See it if You don't mind "Encores! Light", people with scripts, no staging, but sparkling performances of a little seen show.
Don't see it if You need a big production, an orchestra, costumes, or want a "current" edgy show. It's definitely a throwback, but pleasant.
See it if you love Tyne Daly, or want to take advantage of a very rare opportunity to see a lesser known work by Jerry Herman
Don't see it if you want a polished production (even going by mufti standards), you hate musicals with mediocre scores and a bad book.
See it if Want to see a forgotten Jerry Herman musical. And Tyne Daly! The whole cast is excellent, but did I mention Tyne Daly in a 200 seat hous
Don't see it if Want a big production or deep meaning
See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely-done Jerry Herman musical with a few great songs and a strong cast.
Don't see it if you can't get over a problematic book. Maybe it's been pared down too much, but it's easy to see why this wouldn't be a hit.
Also Alison Fraser is a national treasure.
See it if you love hearing good voices sing lovely songs and if you want to be reminded about the evils of oil exploration and the greed of some.
Don't see it if you want the singers to know the words to songs and lines without having to look at a script. Do not see it if you want a full orchestra.
See it if you're a musical theater fan who wants to see this rarely-produced work or if you are a Tyne Daly fan.
Don't see it if you are hoping for a realistic, deep story. It's pretty fluffy and the book leaves a lot to be desired.
See it if you are a lover of Musical Theatre and never seen this lesser known Jerry Herman shoulda been classic.
Don't see it if you don't want to deal with a bare bones production of a lush score with an extremely whittled down book.
See it if you adore Tyne Daley and the Jerry Herman score, and generally like the concert version style of Musicals at Mufti
Don't see it if you' re unfamiliar with the piece and don't have the best hearing. There are no mikes, and Daley & Fraser's accents are difficult at times.
See it if you want to experience a not-so-known musical by Jerry Herman and want to be charmed by Tyne Daly.
Don't see it if you are looking for a full-blown production with a "Hello, Dolly!" plot and well-known songs.
See it if You love Jerry Herman musicals or spectacular performances
Don't see it if You require elaborately staged musicals for enjoyment (this is part of York's Musicals in Mufti, or streetclothes, series),
See it if you're a Jerry Herman fan, curious about infrequently revived musicals, or a lover of strong musical theatre casting.
Don't see it if you expect pitch- & letter-perfect performances; in Musicals in Mufti, the cast is on book, and there often can be missed cues and misfires.
See it if If you're a Jerry Herman and Tyne Daly fan. The rest of the cast is pretty darn good too. For a musical from 1969, it's scarily relevant.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy musicals on book, or a performance without an orchestra or big staging.