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Baubles, Bangles, and Bids! York Theatre Company's "Uniquely York! Auction 2021: What I Bid for Love" Now Accepting Bids!
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:19 am EDT 07/14/21

BAUBLES, BANGLES, AND BIDS!

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY'S
UNIQUELY YORK! AUCTION 2021: "WHAT I BID FOR LOVE"
BIDDING NOW OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2021

ITEMS OPEN FOR BID INCLUDE
ORIGINAL ARTWORK, THEATER MEMORABILIA, JEWELERY,
AUTOGRAPHED SHEET MUSIC, DEMO CDs, MOVIE POSTERS,
HAPPY HOUR WITH JIM MORGAN, AND MORE!

New York, NY - 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, has launched The York's Uniquely York! Auction 2021: What I Bid for Love. The online auction is now open and accepting bids through August 31, 2021.

There are two options available to register for the auction:

1. Via computer: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/yorktheatre/
2. Via mobile phone: https://yorktheatre.org/5589-2

To help The York move closer to its fall reopening following the pandemic and a devastating flood--and to continue the celebration of its milestone 50th Anniversary year--the staff has assembled unique auction items to help continue the York's mission of "bringing musicals to life." Featured items include autographed sheet music from such York favorites as Sheldon Harnick, Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford, Tom Jones, Sammy Cahn, Cy Coleman and David Raksin; a signed Robert Mapplethorpe photo, a CD of unreleased demos by Tony Award winners &&Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, theater memorabilia from Jerry Herman, an original sketch by the legendary composer Harvey Schmidt , an in-person Happy Hour with Jim Morgan…and more!

"The York is excited to welcome everyone back as we near our reopening in our temporary home at St. Jean's Theater - beginning our next half century," said Aaron Simms, Managing Director; "Until then, browse the items online, and start your bidding. Keep checking back every few days as new items will be added until the auction closes on August 31, 2021."

To make a donation without perusing the auction items, please visit The York website at www.yorktheatre.org .

HERE ARE JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

• SHELDON HARNICK: HANDWRITTEN "IN MY OWN LIFETIME" FROM THE ROTHSCHILDS
"I want to know we haven't built on sand, in my own lifetime." Broadway history from its legendary lyricist: "In My Own Lifetime," handwritten and signed, will be personally inscribed to the winning bidder by York Honorary Board member Sheldon Harnick, age 97. This beloved song (also from Rothschild & Sons) with lyrics by Harnick and music by the late Jerry Bock, is a priceless piece of theatrical memorabilia. Courtesy of Mr. Harnick.

• CUT SONG FROM CRYER AND FORD'S GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER... HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED
Off-Broadway history! Original handwritten manuscript of the song "You're Beautiful," cut from the long-running hit I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road, signed by authors (and York Honorary Board Members) Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford.

• LP OF THE COLE PORTER & GEORGE GERSHWIN SUITES, SIGNED BY IRA GERSHWIN , COLE PORTER, AND LOUIS LEVY
An LP of Louis Levy and his Orchestra performing suites of music by Cole Porter and George Gershwin. LP jacket was hand-inscribed to arranger Sammy Clarke by orchestra conductor Louis Levy. The reverse of the LP jacket has personalized inscriptions with signatures by Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Includes clean, digitized copies of both recordings; the Cole Porter has never been released digitally.

• FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ALAN JAY LERNER AND FREDERICK LOEWE, WITH AUTOGRAPHS OF BOTH, PLUS DORIS SHAPIRO MEMOIR OF LERNER AND AN AUTOGRAPHED STEVE ROSS CD OF HIS WORK
A photo of lyricist and composer Lerner & Loewe at the piano, beautifully framed with both men's signatures. You'll also get a copy of We Danced All Night , the book written by Lerner's assistant Doris Shapiro, and a CD of Steve Ross's acclaimed Lerner tribute, I Remember Him Well, signed by Mr. Ross.

• SCRIPT OF MICKI GRANT'S DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE, SIGNED BY THE TONY-NOMINATED AUTHOR-COMPOSER HERSELF
A signed published script of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, autographed by author/composer (and York Honorary Board member) Micki Grant.

• ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE PHOTO OF THEATER CRITIC JOHN SIMON - SIGNED AND INSCRIBED
A print of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's portrait of critic John Simon. Signed and inscribed "To John" by the artist. Courtesy of the Estate of John Simon (Patricia Simon, executor).

• JERRY HERMAN, GEORGE HEARN AND AL HIRSCHFELD SIGNED LA CAGE AUX FOLLES COLLECTION, FRAMED -- PLUS COPY OF HERMAN'S MEMOIR SHOWTUNE
This unique framed piece includes Jerry Herman's autograph, a photo of George Hearn in his Tony-winning La Cage Aux Folles performance, a Playbill signed by Mr. Hearn, and an original Hirschfeld doodle and signature. You'll also get a copy of Mr. Herman's memoir Showtune, which contains a wonderful mention of The York. "The Best of Times" is definitely now!

• ORIGINAL SKETCH: COLETTE COLLAGE STUDY FOR LOGO SIGNED BY HARVEY SCHMIDT
Original Sketch for the logo of Colette Collage, which premiered at The York in 1983. Signed by the show's composer and scenic designer Harvey Schmidt. Watercolor and wax pencil on paper. Unframed, 16 1/4 x 20.

• JEROME ROBBINS SIGNATURE (UNFRAMED) AND TWO BIOGRAPHIES!
He had one foot planted firmly on Broadway, while the other was at the New York City Ballet. He dazzled us with his choreography for High Button Shoes and West Side Story, while continuing to entrance us with gorgeous groundbreaking ballets uptown. He was fascinating, difficult, and most importantly, committed to dance. Who else could he be but Jerome Robbins! Notoriously averse to signing autographs, this rare signature is offered with a gorgeous book, That Broadway Man by Christine Conrad (full of pictures of most of his famous works), as well as his acclaimed biography by Amanda Vaill and photos suitable for framing.

• HAPPY HOUR WITH JAMES MORGAN
Cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres at Jim Morgan's. The York's indefatigable Producing Artistic Director serves up cocktails, stories and all kinds of inside scoops! In-person or virtual, depending on your comfort level (he's been doubled vaxxed for months). Subject to Mr. Morgan's-and your-availability. Hosted at Chez Morgan on the fashionable Upper East Side, with beverages of your choice.

Check back each day for added items! The auction concludes on August 31, 2021.


The York looks forward to welcoming everyone back as the theatre enters act two-- the beginning of its next 50 years. Together we can create…Together we can cheer…Together we can bring musicals to life! To make a donation without perusing the auction items, please visit The York's website 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, The 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. Well over 40 cast recordings from 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 Midnight at the Never Get, Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank! received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, and subsequently to rave reviews in London-as did York's Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015, transferring to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. In 2017, Desperate Measures received a total of 15 award nominations (and three wins) that included "Best Musical" from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Off-Broadway Alliance and subsequently transferred across town to New World Stages. The York is the recipient of a special Drama Desk Award for "Developing and Producing New Musicals" and, more recently, a special Outer Critics Circle Award for "50 Years of Producing New and Classic Musicals."
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