Ian Finkel's I'm a New Yorker Adds Performances at Don't Tell Mama

Cheryl Ann Allen stars in this musical production.

Composer Alan Menken contributes songs to Ian Finkel's I'm a New Yorker.
Composer Alan Menken contributes songs to Ian Finkel's I'm a New Yorker.
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Ian Finkel's I'm a New Yorker, which debuted at Don’t Tell Mama on September 14, will add two more shows on November 29 and December 14. Cheryl Ann Allen (Sophie Tucker in Person) stars in the production.

Based on a true story, I'm a New Yorker chronicles the comic and tragic tale of a small-town girl from Massachusetts who moves to New York City. Searching for the true meaning of what it is to be a New Yorker, she finds herself fascinated by the small things New York has to offer, such as the first-time bliss of being introduced to a bagel with cream cheese and lox. Ultimately she falls for and marries a charming, but certifiable, nut job. The production features songs by Ian Finkel, Alan Menken, Carlos Elita Almaran, and Shelton Brooks, with Joel Martin lending piano accompaniment.

Ian Finkel, regarded as the world's greatest xylophone virtuoso (and son of the late Fyvush Finkel), has written for such stars as Michael Feinstein, Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Tito Puente, Larry Gatlin, Martin Mull, and Madeline Kahn. He earned a Grammy Award for the album Songs From the Neighborhood and served as writer, director, and orchestrator for Sophie Tucker in Person.

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