Video: The York Theatre Company Reunites The Cast and Creative Team of DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE Including Micki Grant, Leslie R. Dockery, William Foster McDaniel, Jelani Alladin, Darilyn Castillo, Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks, Devin Roberts, Raun Ruffin and Debra Walton

Updated: 6/15/20

The Company with (back row) James Morgan (York Producing Artistic director), Devin L. Roberts, Raun Ruffin, Doug Eskew, William Foster McDaniel (music director) and Jelani Alladin; (seated center) Marva Hicks, Micki Grant, Tina Fabrique, Julia Lema (director’s assistant), Leslie Dockery (director); (front row) Debra Walton and Darilyn Castillo. Photo by Lia Chang

The York Theatre Company reunited the cast and creative team of the 2016 Musicals in Mufti production of the 1971 hit Broadway revue Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a musical entertainment by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll, for a Virtual Company Reunion as part of the live weekly streaming panel series “Show! (and Tell)” on June 15, 2020.

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is the sixth Virtual Company Reunion in the Live Panel Series “Show! (and Tell)” hosted by York’s Producing Artistic Director James Morgan and theater historian Charles Wright who led a discussion of The York’s 2016 Musicals in Mufti production. Featured panel guests included writer/composer Micki Grant, director Leslie R. Dockery, Julia Lema, music director William Foster McDaniel, with cast members Jelani Alladin (Frozen, Hercules), Darilyn Castillo (It Ain’t Nothin But the Blues), Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks (Motown, The Musical), Devin Roberts (The Lion King), Raun Ruffin (The Civil War), and Debra Walton (The Pajama Game).

Micki Grant. Photo by Lia Chang

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a musical entertainment with book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant and conceived by Vinnette Carroll, was directed by Leslie R. Dockery, with music direction by William Foster McDaniel. The 2016 Musicals in Mufti production featured Jelani Alladin, Darilyn Castillo, Doug Eskew, Tina Fabrique, Marva Hicks, Devin L. Roberts, Raun Ruffin, and Debra Walton. With five 1972 Tony Award nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also won Micki Grant a Grammy Award for best score-the first female to be so honored. Ms. Grant was also one of the stars of the show, which came to Broadway after successful runs in Washington DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia. The show ran for over two years on Broadway. A dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock, the show illuminates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance. Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope was is the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American. T. E. Kalem.

The special York MTTP Showcase Streaming Series featuring talented college students from the 2017 Musical The-atre Winter Intensive. Tune in on Facebook page live,or watch on YouTube. Tune in to York’s Facebook to view the showcase (a Zoom link will be sent out in advance of the presentation), or view on YouTube beginning at 7:15PM.

From the heart-stealing hybrid of Bat Boy to Carrie’s bloody prom dress to the sweetly strange carnie folk of Side Show, who doesn’t love a good cult musical? We do! Join The York as they celebrate all of these and more while testing your knowledge of some of the best cult classics to ever enter the musical theater canon. Broadway alum Jimmy Ludwig (Spamalot) and York’s Executive Director Evans Haile return to co-hosting duties, with their wacky musical wit in tow. Please make your reservation online, a Zoom link will be sent with your confirmation.

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The York Theatre Company Celebrates Micki Grant, featuring DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE in Musicals in Mufti Series, Feb. 27 – Mar. 6

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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