York Theatre Company to Feature Developmental Reading Series in October

York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), will present three offerings in its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series: Harold and Maude (today, October 11), Civil War Stories (October 15), and Leni Riefenstal is Going to Tell You the Truth (October 19).

All readings will begin at 3 PM and are free to the public at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). For additional information on the Series and to make reservations for any of the upcoming presentations, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org. Please note that reservations are already full for Harold and Maude and Civil War Stories. Names are being accepted for the wait list only.

Each year, York’s Developmental Reading Series presents between 40 to 50 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors. Producing Artistic Director James Morgan says, “These readings give writers a unique opportunity to get audience feedback while a show is still in progress.” York’s past Mainstage productions of Yank!, Souvenir and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) were first developed in the Developmental Reading Series, where the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Avenue Q also made its first appearances. The Developmental Reading Series is made possible in part by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

The October Developmental Reading Series schedule is, as follows:

Today, October 11 at 3 PM
Harold and Maude
An Intimate Musical
Based on the film by Colin Higgins

Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Joseph Thalken
Directed by Carl Andress
Music Direction by Joseph Thalken

The cast features Matt Dengler as Harold, Rita Gardner as Maude with Jillian Louis, Daniel Marcus and Jennifer Van Dyke.

The musical adaptation of the 1971 cult-classic film Harold and Maude comes to life on the York stage in a new version by Tom Jones (The Fanstasticks) and Joseph Thalken (Songs from an Unmade Bed). In what some call the quintessential May-December romance, death-obsessed teenager, Harold, meets Maude, 79, at a funeral and thus begins one of the most unusual, yet truly touching romantic sagas in American pop-culture history.

Monday, October 15 at 3 PM
Civil War Voices
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Harris and Mark Hayes
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong
Music Direction by Aaron Gandy
Produced by Bob Ost

Featuring James Barbour (Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities), Nili Bassman (Curtains, Chicago), Danielle Lee Greaves (Hairspray, Rent), Paul Anthony Stewart (Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano), Lawrence Street (Urinetown), Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera), Stephen Trafton (Les Miserables), Catherine Fries Vaughn (Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?), Chris Vaughn, and Bruce Warren (York’s The Road to Qatar!, Cats)

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