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"Suzzane Douglas, who did Tap with Gregory Hines and Threepenny Opera with Sting, has the title role. The Lion King's grown-up Simba, Jason Raize, will be her ("Unhappiness-Is-Just-a-Thing-Called") Joe.''
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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

The York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series will conclude its midseason run of Joneses (Celebration by Tom Jones, Baker Street with Simon Jones) this weekend with Oscar Hammerstein II's 1943 African-American take on Bizet, Carmen Jones. Suzzane Douglas, who did Tap with Gregory Hines and Threepenny Opera with Sting, has the title role. The Lion King's grown-up Simba, Jason Raize, will be her ("Unhappiness-Is-Just-a-Thing-Called") Joe. Others in the cast include Anika Noni Rose (Cindy-Lou), Timothy Blevins (Husky Miller), Glenn Turner (Dink), Nora Cole (Frankie), and Tanesha Marie Gary (Myrt).

Before we leave Mufti, whose miracles are wrought in 30 hours' worth of rehearsal time ("whether the cast needs it or not," as York artistic director James Morgan is wont to say), we must give a rousing, 21-gun salute to Barbara Walsh, who dropped in when Dee Hoty dropped out and learned the female lead in Baker Street in three hours! Brava, Barbara!



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