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.
“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 to a plot that nobody involved seemed able to keep in mind...The musical has a tendency to wander...With all these tangents, the triangle at the heart of things never gets the attention it requires." Full Review
"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 light romantic comedy. Now if only an original cast album would come out of this production, we might see more revivals restoring the show to its place in the Lerner & Loewe canon." Full Review
"None of it is terribly convincing, and the songs, though some lovely, and one or two clever enough, never successfully lift the show out of the doldrums...Lerner’s underlying cynicism makes most of the characters not very appealing to spend an evening with. That only extends so far as the writing, as the actors—with a mere thirty hours of rehearsal—were happily engaging to watch." Full Review
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.
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