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George Abud, Caitlin Cohn, and More to Star in Lolita, My Love

Alan Jay Lerner and John Barry musical adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel makes its New York premiere.

George Abud will star in the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti presentation of Lolita, My Love.
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The York Theatre Company has announced the cast for its upcoming New York premiere production of Lolita, My Love, the final production of the Musicals in Mufti 2019 season's celebration of legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. Featuring book and lyrics by Lerner and music by John Barry, the musical will run February 23-March 3 at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's, with opening night set for Sunday evening, February 24.

Based on Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita, the musical Lolita, My Love originally closed in Boston in 1971 and never made it to Broadway. For this Musicals in Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen has created a new script from Lerner's assorted drafts.

The cast will feature George Abud (The Band's Visit) as Clare Quilty, Caitlin Cohn (The Secret Garden as Dolores "Lolita" Haze, Robert Sella (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Humbert Humbert, Thursday Farrar (Aida) as Dr. June Ray, and Jessica Tyler Wright (Sweeney Todd) as Charlotte Haze, with Becca Fox (Singin' in the Rain), Hanako Greensmith (Spring Awakening), Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland), Jay Aubrey Jones (Assassins), Kennedy Kanagawa (Into the Woods), Max Meyers (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Mark Montague (A Very Brady Musical), and Analise Scarpaci (Matilda the Musical).

Emily Maltby directs, with music direction by Deniz Cordell. The creative team will include Stephen O'Shea (lighting designer), Kevin Maloof (production manager), Chris Steckel (production stage manager), Kayla Santos (assistant stage manager), and Carol Hanzel (casting).

Now in its 25th year, the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series presents shows from the past that deserve a second look in a simply staged, book-in-hand concert format. "Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production."