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Due to Popular Demand: York’s ‘Closer Than Ever” Extends Limited Run Through August 25

Rick Miramontez / Philip Carrubba
rick@oandmco.com   / philip@oandmco.com



“C L O S E R   T H A N   E V E R”



New York, NY (July 12, 2012) – Due to popular demand and critical acclaim, The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, have announced an extension for one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire.

Originally scheduled to end its limited engagement on July 14, 2012, and following a one-week hiatus, performances will resume Monday, July 23, 2012.  Tickets will be on sale through August 25, 2012.

With direction by Mr. Maltby, associate direction and choreography by Kurt Stamm and music direction by Andrew Gerle, the cast features Broadway veterans Jenn Colella (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity), George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde) and Sal Viviano (The Full Monty).  Performances began June 5, 2012 with the official Opening Night on June 20, 2012.

Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's musical treasure Closer Than Ever is back Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company with an exciting new cast and fresh additions to the timeless score.  When it premiered in 1989, the show spoke to a generation of theater-goers and featured “one of the half-dozen finest American theater scores of the last decade” (New York Times).   An intimate musical about love, friendship, security, happiness – and holding onto those essentials in a world that pulls us in a hundred directions at once – Closer Than Ever at the York isn't merely a revival, it's the homecoming of an Off-Broadway classic.

The creative team includes James Morgan (sets), Nicole Wee (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lights), and Stefanie Wagner (Props).  The Production Stage Manager is Bernita Robinson.

Closer Than Ever plays the following performance schedule:  Mondays & Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. 

Tickets are priced at $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.).

It was recently announced the cast will head to the studio next week to lay down tracks for a new cast record to be released by Jay Records.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.

Praise for Closer Than Ever:

“An absolutely exquisite and exhilarating theatrical experience.
4 out of 4 Stars!”

Matt Windman, AM NY

“Closer than ever to a hit. It’s polished, witty, tuneful and,
if you’ve hit middle age, unsettling.  A pocket-size classic of the
American musical theater.  I’m happy to report
“Closer Than Ever” doesn’t show its age at all.”

Michael Riedel, New York Post

“A truly magical, satisfying experience! Wonderful!
Exhileratingly comical.  Sung with flair, compassion and wit!

Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“Step aside, all you apple-cheeked newspaper boys
and American idiots, you little mermaids and littler orphans.
The grown-ups have something to say!”
Critic’s Pick!

Eric Grode, The New York Times

“Top-notch! ‘Closer’ goes the distance!
If you can’t find something to relate to here, you simply haven’t lived or loved.
Warmth and wisdom resonate throughout. A spot-on foursome of actors skillfully navigates the tonal shifts of this alternately funny, poignant and insightful show! Terrific!”
***1/2 Stars!

Frank Scheck, New York Post

“First rate! Magically comical.  I just fell in love with it!
This show is bigger than its four-person cast and we're closer than ever
to believing in tomorrow because of it!”

Liz Smith, Syndicated Columnist

“Given the rapidly receding level of craft in our modern musical theatre, I'm
beginning to think we should keep Closer Than Ever on permanent display.
The greatest pleasure of Closer Than Ever lies in experiencing the sheer
intelligence and depth of feeling in song after song.”

David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

“Hilarious! Packed with emotion, the sort that sneaks up on you
when you’re not expecting it! Classy! Marvelous!”

Huffington Post

“Deliciously tuneful! Slyly comic. It seems almost impossible not to nod
one's head in agreement, if not just sing along.”

Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania

“Energetic!  Breezy, Romantic!  Enacted with devotion by a quartet of polished singers!”
Critic’s Pick!

Eric Haagensen, Backstage

“Closer Than Ever sheds light on how two people in any relationship
can indeed learn to be ‘closer than ever.’ It speaks to all of us who
have ever loved, wanted to, or still believe we can!”

Peter Filichia

“Outstanding! Clever, smart … with understated honesty!
Elizabeth Ahlfors, CurtainUp.com

“Fresher and more pertinent than ever! There are many stars shining
ever so brightly at the York!  Smartly staged… breathtaking…
Closer Than Ever is simply great.  Go.  Immediately.”

Oscar Moore, Talk Entertainment

“There’s a little something for everyone in this show! For anyone who loves love, loves musicals, loves the million ways we all fall in and out of love with each other in New York City every day, and most of all, loves that crazy combination of laughing through your tears — this is the perfect show!”
Lia LoBellow, Pretty Delicious

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