Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a musical entertainment with book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll, kicked off the York Theatre Company’s Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Concert Series on February 27th, and continues its critically-acclaimed limited run through March 6th at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
Last night, André De Shields (Gotta Dance), Kecia Lewis (The Drowsy Chaperone), Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), Kingsley Leggs (The Color Purple) Jude Narita, Cobi Narita, original COPE cast member Hope Clarke and more were among the packed house who leapt to their feet for the powerhouse ensemble featuring Marva Hicks (Motown, The Musical), Jelani Alladin (Ragtime), Darilyn Castillo (It Ain’t Nothin But the Blues), Doug Eskew (The Color Purple), Tina Fabrique (Ragtime), Devin L. Roberts (The Lion King), Raun Ruffin (The Good Wife) and Debra Walton (Storyville). COPE creator Micki Grant was in the house for the show, visiting with the special guests and who were joined by the company onstage post-show for photos.
Helmed by Leslie Dockery, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope features musical direction by William Foster McDaniel (keys), Clyde Bullard on bass and Napoleon Revels- Bey on drums.
With five 1972 Tony Award nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also won Micki Grant a Grammy Award for best score-the first female to be so honored. Ms. Grant was also one of the stars of the show, which came to Broadway after successful runs in Washington DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia. The show ran for over two years on Broadway. A dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock, the show illuminates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance.
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope was described as “a cultural pulse-taking of the challenges facing the black community in America” and is the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American. T. E. Kalem, writing in TIME Magazine, said, “all heaven breaks loose on stage. This is the kind of show at which you want to blow kisses.” The New York Times declared, “A hand-clapping, sky reaching, body-swaying musical.”
It was such a glorious night of music, with the cast raising the roof off the York. Don’t miss the remaining performances on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m. (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances).
Tickets are just $31.50 with code COPE.
Call 212.935.5820 and mention code COPE.In person at The York Theatre Box Office, 619 Lexington @ East 54th Street, NYC, one hour before the performance.
The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, celebrates its twenty-first historic year with the 102nd and 103rd presentations of shows from the past. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”
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