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The Day Before Spring

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Delightful

About the show

The York revisits one of Lerner and Loewe’s lesser known musicals, in which a married woman attends a college reunion where she meets the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. More…

Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame. With a score that was never recorded, moments of "The Day Before Spring" served as inspiration for such Lerner and Loewe classics as "Gigi" and "My Fair Lady." This production will feature all of the songs from the original score after recently being discovered for a 2010 UK production.

“The Day Before Spring” is part of The York's "Musicals in Mufti" series,  a series of script-in-hand, concert revival readings presented in everyday clothes and with minimal staging.

Member Reviews (18)


Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Delightful
Avg Score

Engaging, Charming, Fluffy, Great singing, Well staged

See it if you like breezy musicals. TDBS has a silly plot/cardboard chars, but the songs and performances are delightful. Barebones prodn/90 mins

Don't see it if you want a polished work; scripts used sparingly. Strong trio (drums, piano, bass). Romantic, funny. Gr escapism. Mufti series delivers.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Really bad acting. Actors went on with script. Singing drowned out by music. If you like the Mufti s.

Don't see it if If you like a musical with a good story. Musicians should have been behind the stage. Bad directing.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You love traditional musicals. This is a very sweet story exceptionally well done. You are curious about the earlier musical of Lerner/Lowe

Don't see it if You are expecting an earth shattering show. You have no interest in the earlier works of Lerner and Lowe.

Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Improvised set and costumes

See it if An early Lerner and Lowe that never quite came together. A nice little romantic comedy story.

Don't see it if None of the songs are very appealing or memorable.

Sweet, Innocent, Great singing, Fluffy, Thought-provoking

See it if only for the only great song in the score. Alas, it's closed, but whenever you can catch one of these obscurities by a master, do so!

Don't see it if you're expecting more than a sweet story about a romantic woman's dilemma in the 50s, no doubt influenced by the Kinsey Report.

Dated, Disappointing

See it if for historical reasons to hear an unrecorded lerner/loew score.

Don't see it if story doesn't really work, music is disappointing.

Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You want to see where Lerner and Loewe began, with some hints of what was to come...glimpses of themes that will become MFL

Don't see it if Mufti is what mufti frills, under rehearsed , but full of energy

Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a little, short musical that feels like it's still living in 1956.

Don't see it if you want to see something with real substance.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if You want to see a classic musical that's just as intriguing today as it was decades ago.

Don't see it if You'll be bored by dated melodies.

Talented young cast, Excellent small stage choreography, Good musical back-up, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like forgotten musical theater shows by well-known teams (Lerner and Loewe) performed by a talented young cast.

Don't see it if you expect a full stage production or musicals without much memorable music.

Great singing, Fluffy, Confusing

See it if You want to hear beautiful voices sing charming songs.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast paced musical with an interesting plot.

Banal, Dated

See it if you want to see a nice production of a rarely-done show .

Don't see it if you like shows with substance or if you dislike the mufti format.

Also I don't think there was anything wrong with this production, the cast ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, A gem to be seen

See it if you love glorious lyrics and wonderful music played by an excellent trio. As usual, the cast was superb.

Don't see it if It is too late to see it. The show closed today. The last performance was sold out--deservedly so.

Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Perfect casting

See it if you wish to be entertained by wonderful singer/performers. They are full-blown; the book however is slow. The music OK. Enjoyable enough.

Don't see it if you need a big musical production=set/costumes. You expect an intriguing story line; memorable songs-not here.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if YOu love old school musicals, slimmed down to the basic elements, but keeping all the joy

Don't see it if YOu need a big hoopla of a show and don't like musicals

Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Dated

See it if Wonderful, energetic and talented cast. Terrific singing, charming book and lyrics.

Don't see it if Somewhat dated story and bare bones production for this "Musical in Mufti".

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy simple musicals and great voices

Don't see it if You only like lavish productions.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy good music and lyrics written early on by two masters. You are comfortable with the musicals in mufti minimalism.

Don't see it if You need a big showy musical in order to be entertained.

Also Saw the 3rd performance and entire cast was outstandingly talented and... Read more Read less

February 17th, 2019
“The last musical by the composer of sumptuous melodies and the scribe of urbane wit that would lapse into obscurity...Acito directs the buoyant new mounting, a 90-minute one-act for eleven actors...Parks sings with a fluttery operetta-like soprano that beautifully embraces the old-European charm...
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February 12th, 2019
“A show that is struggling to establish an identity, it suddenly--if briefly--develops a sharp, satirical slant and a jaunty, couldn't-care-less attitude that simply can't help but cheer one up...’The Day Before Spring’ has a decent number of chuckles on hand...But...the fun is entirely ancillary...
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February 11th, 2019
"What is revealed at the York is the work of writers well on their way towards maturity. A few of the songs are quite nice...Adaptor/director Mark Acito appears to honor the original, carefully preserving what seems to be the voice of librettist Lerner...Acito adds jokes about McCarthy, Davey Cro...
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February 12th, 2019
"The York Muftis perform a terrific service reviving worthy shows in 'street clothes, without the trappings of a full production,' shows that might never be seen again. Marc Acito's revival is a valiant effort but in this form 'The Day Before Spring' seems both thin and underplotted even for a li...
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