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The York Theatre Company’s Musicals in Mufti Series (Mufti means in street clothes; without the usual trappings) has officially launched, and leading the season is a limited engagement of Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (which officially opened February 28, 2016) for 10 performances only February 27 – March 6, 2016, at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope illuminates the African-American experience through a dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock. With five 1972 Tony nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also earned Micki Grant a Grammy Award for Best Score—the first female to be so honored. Described as “a cultural pulse-taking of the challenges facing the black community in America,” it was the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman, and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American.

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope features a book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant, was conceived by Vinnette Carroll, and will be directed by Leslie Dockery. The show stars Jelani Alladin, Darilyn Castillo, Doug Eskew, Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks, Devin L. Roberts, Raun Ruffin, and Debra Walton. 

The performance schedule for Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m (this show also features a talk-back) & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m.  For tickets click here or call (212)-935-5820. 

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