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at York's Citicorp Center(New York)

By David Lefkowitz
Published September 21 2007

In 1970, Jill Eikenberry met Michael Tucker when both were appearing in a play at Washington DC's Arena Stage. The following decade, they'd find stardom playing an unlikely twosome on television's L.A. Law. The duo continue to act in tandem and separately, and for the weekend of Sept. 28-30, they'll be brought together for a concert reading of Enter Laughing: The Musical, which is part of York Theater Company's current Musicals in Mufti series.

The pair will play Mother and Father in this adaptation of Joseph Stein's play, which was itself adapted from Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel and film. For the musical version, Stein wrote the book Stan Daniels contributed the score. However, saddled with the title, So Long 174th Street, the tuner lasted only 16 regular performances at the late-lamented Harkness Theater in 1976.

Still, the Mufti series is very often about underlooked or forgotten musicals that, if not pure gems, have elements worth savoring. Other entries in the current York lineup - which is dedicated to the works of playwright/librettist Stein - include Zorba, The Body Beautiful and The Baker's Wife.

Enter Laughing tells of a nice Jewish boy in Depression-era New York who's desperate to be an actor, even though he lacks one vital asset: talent. Josh Grisetti plays the Quixote-esque David Kolowitz, alongside Crazy for You Tony nominee Bruce Adler, Kaitlin Hopkins, Robb Sapp and Kelly Sullivan. Six-decade theater veteran George S. Irving - who essayed several featured roles in the original production of 174th Street, returns here to play them once more.

Forever Plaid director Stuart Ross will stage Enter Laughing at the York's Citicorp Center home in typical Mufti open-book form. Music director Matt Castle will also pitch in with cameo roles.


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