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The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series Presents "In The Theatre" for Two Performances on February 12
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:29 pm EST 02/05/19

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY’S
DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
PRESENTS
“IN THE THEATRE”
BOOK BY JOAN ROSS SORKIN
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEVEN FISHER
MUSIC DIRECTION BY JULIE MCBRIDE
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL UNGER

FEATURING
PETER BENSON, JOEL BLUM, SAUM SAYED,
TOM SOUHRADA, SALLY ANN TRIPLETT, AND KRISTEN BETH WILLIAMS

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 AT 2:30PM & 7:00PM
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present a staged reading of the new musical In the Theatre with book by Joan Ross Sorkin (The Black Swan) and music and lyrics by Steven Fisher (The Little Dancer). In the Theatre will play two performances only on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

The readings are FREE and open to the public on the day of the presentation. Advance reservations are available with a minimum suggested donation of $10.00 fee for each reading (Advance reservations are complimentary for York Theatre's Plus Members; $5 for York Theatre Members).

Directed by Michael Unger (York Associate Artistic Director, and York’s Big, The Musical and Charlie Brown), and with music direction by Julie McBride (Head Over Heels, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical), the six-member cast will feature Peter Benson (York’s Mark Felt, Superstar!), Joel Blum (Show Boat), Saum Sayed (Disaster! The Musical), Tom Souhrada (York’s Desperate Measures), Sally Ann Triplett (Finding Neverland), and Kristen Beth Williams (Hello, Dolly!).

In the Theatre is a new musical about the life of Joan Littlewood, the brash, iconoclastic British producer/ director, best known for Oh! What a Lovely War and A Taste of Honey. Joan, Britain's very own Mama Rose, was the leader of 20th century experimental theatre in England, and this new work tells the heartbreaking backstage story of her obsession with the theatre.

(Oh! What a Lovely War will be presented at The York by our education partner Marymount Manhattan College in March.)

The York’s Developmental Reading Series presents over 30 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors throughout the year, a vital part of the writing process. The strong commitment to developing new work is an important part of what makes the York unique in the musical theatre community. The series serves as an incubator for shows to be considered for Mainstage productions, thus serving the York's unique mission of taking new musicals through the complete development process to full production. Projects developed through the series have included Broadway’s Avenue Q and In Transit and the York’s Cagney, Mark Felt, Superstar, Desperate Measures, and Unexpected Joy.

Up next at The York Theatre Company is the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series celebrating its 25th Anniversary by honoring the works of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. The second show in the 2019 Winter series revisits one of Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe’s lesser-known gems: 1945’s The Day Before Spring, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by his longtime collaborator Frederick Loewe. Directed and adapted by Marc Acito (Allegiance), and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the 11-member cast will feature Jonathan Christopher (La Boheme) as Gerald Barker, Michelle Liu Coughlin (The King and I) as May Tompkins, Nicolas Dromard (Mary Poppins) as Bill Tompkins, Judith Ingber (Man of La Mancha), Kent M. Lewis (Billy Elliot) as Harry Scott/Ensemble, Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie) as Christopher Randolph, Ian Lowe (Murder for Two) as Eddie Warren/Ensemble, Jesse Manocherian (Marry Harry) as Alex Rutland, Madison Claire Parks (The Fantasticks) as Katherine Townsend, Will Reynolds (Daddy Long Legs) as Peter Townsend, and Brittany Santos (West Side Story).

A married woman attends a college reunion where she encounters the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame. With a score that was never recorded, moments of The Day Before Spring served as inspiration for such Lerner and Loewe classics as Gigi and My Fair Lady. Although the show was previously seen in a Mufti staging in 2007, this presentation will feature the full original score, recently rediscovered for a 2010 UK production—its first hearing in New York since 1945. Performances begin Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 17, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The production team includes Lighting Designer Stephen O’Shea, Production Manager Kevin Maloof, Production Stage Manager Chris Steckel and Assistant Stage Manager Kayla Santos. Casting for The Day Before Spring is by Carol Hanzel.

The Day Before Spring will play the following 11-performance schedule— First Week: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.; Second Week: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Closing out the popular Mufti series celebration is Lolita, My Love, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The musical, which originally closed in Boston in 1971, closely follows the legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins. For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen (Darling of the Day in Mufti) has created a new script, edited together from Lerner’s assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. Haagensen said “now audiences will have a chance to hear Lolita on stage and decide for themselves what they think of this unquestionably daring musical that begins as a black comedy and ends in tragedy.” Lolita, My Love will be directed by Emily Maltby, with music direction by Deniz Cordell. Performances are set to begin Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through March 3, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The Musicals in Mufti Winter 2019 series recently opened with the 1979 musical Carmelina, with music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, additional lyrics by Barry Harman, and book by Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner. Directed by Michael Leeds (Bette and Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway), and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (Desperate Measures), the eight-member cast featured Andréa Burns (In the Heights) in the eponymous title role, with Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill) as Roberto/Guitarist, MaryJoanna Grisso (West Side Story) as Gia Campbell/Hostess, Evan Harrington (Chicago) as Walter Braddock/Waiter, Anne L. Nathan (Once) as Rosa/Cook, Timothy John Smith (Candide) as Steve Karzinski/Waiter, Joey Sorge (Kinky Boots) as Vittorio Dela Marta/Eduard, and Jim Stanek (Fun Home; 7 York Muftis) as Carlton Smith/Waiter.

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti features musical theatre gems performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format. This is the Muftis’ twenty-fifth historic year of presenting shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production.”

SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS: Special events surrounding the Lerner celebration, include Almost Like Being in Love: An Evening of Lerner & Loewe…and Friends on February 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

Single tickets for the Winter 2019 Musicals in Mufti series are priced at $45 (Weekdays and Saturday nights) and $50 (Weekend matinees). York Member single tickets are priced at $31.50 (all performances). Single tickets for Almost Like Being in Love are priced at $30.

The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions, invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season, and discount parking with membership.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

York Theatre Company Gift Cards are available for any production during the 2018-2019 season by visiting the box office or calling (212) 935-5820, or online at www.yorktheatre.org

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org

The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Almost 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank!, which received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, recently opened to rave reviews in London as did York’s Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015 and subsequently transferred to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. Desperate Measures, the hit new musical from 2017, received a total of 14 award nominations that included “Best Musical” from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance and, subsequently, transferred across town to New World Stages. Unexpected Joy, which received its Off-Broadway premiere at the York, recently completed performances at London’s Southwark Playhouse. The acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get completed its run at The York on November 4th, and the World Premiere musical comedy Christmas in Hell just finished its sold-out run on December 30th.
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