York Theatre Announces Casting for Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
The jazz- and gospel-infused musical open the Musicals in Mufti season.
Conceived by Vinnette Carroll and directed by Leslie Dockery, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is described as a "musical entertainment," featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant. The eight-member cast will feature Jelani Alladin (Ragtime), Darilyn Castillo (It Ain't Nothin but the Blues), Doug Eskew (The Color Purple), Tina Fabrique (Ragtime), Marva Hicks (Motown), Devin L. Roberts (The Lion King), Ruan Ruffin (The Good Wife), and Debra Walton (Storyville).
Offering a mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock, the show illuminates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance. William Foster McDaniel will lend musical direction.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1972 and ran for over two years. The production earned four Tony nominations for Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Musical. The show also won Grant a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Performances will run from February 27-March 6.