Photo Coverage: Fanny Hill in Rehearsals

Fanny Hill, a new musical by Ed Dixon based on the raunchy 18th century novel by John Cleland, will run at the York Theatre Company (619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 54th Street) from February 1st through March 26th, 2006.

Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, Kiss Me, Kate, A Class Act) will take on the title role in the musical, which will also feature Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show, The Full Monty); Patti Allison (Orpheus Descending, Angel); David Cromwell (Julius Caesar, The Scarlet Pimpernel); Michael J. Farina (In My Life, Seussical); Gina Ferrall (Big River, Jane Eyre); Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!); Christianne Tisdale (Triumph of Love, Beauty and the Beast) and Tony Yazbeck (Oklahoma!, Gypsy).

The musical "is the story of a beautiful young girl who travels to London to make her fortune and ends up making a great deal more. . . the army, the navy, and most of Parliament. Fanny becomes the foremost practitioner of the world's oldest profession, proves that crime really can pay, and gives new meaning to the expression, 'making it!'," according to notes on the York's website. Fanny Hill, which features book, music and lyrics by Dixon, will be directed by James Brennan, while Michael Bottari and Ronald Case will design the sets and costumes. Phil Monat is the lighting designer.


Tickets to Fanny Hill are $45 during previews (performances from February 1 13) and $55 (from February 14 March 26). Tickets can be purchased at www.SmartTix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. Student rush and senior rush tickets will also be available.

For more information, visit www.fannyhillmusical.com or www.yorktheatre.org.


The Fanny Hill set


Producers Dennis Grimaldi and Nick Cavarra


Director James Brennan


Fanny Hill herself--Nancy Anderson


The cast of Fanny Hill



Christianne Tisdale


The cast of Fanny Hill


Tony Yazbeck


David Cromwell and Adam Monley


Nancy Anderson and Tony Yazbeck



Adam Monley


Nancy Anderson and Adam Monley


Adam Monley and Nancy Anderson


Back (l-r): David Cromwell, Adam Monley, Gina Ferrall, Patti Allison, Emily Skinner, and Michael J. Farina; Front (l-r): Tony Yazbeck, Nancy Anderson, and Christianne Tisdale


James Brennan, Cavarra, Ed Dixon (music & lyrics), and Dennis Grimaldi


Associate producers Charlie and Gary Maffei


Patti Allison and Michael J. Farina


Nancy Anderson and Tony Yazbeck


Christianne Tisdale and Adam Monley


Gina Ferrall and David Cromwell


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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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