Photo Flash: York Theatre's INVENTING MARY MARTIN World Premiere Begins Tonight
The York Theatre Company continues its 2013-2014 season with the world premiere of the new musical, Inventing Mary Martin, conceived, written and directed by Stephen Cole, with music supervision and arrangements by David Krane, music direction by Lawrence Goldberg, co-directed and choreographed by Bob Richard, and original music and lyrics by legendary composers Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Vernon Duke & Howard Dietz, Kurt Weill & Ogden Nash, Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne & Carolyn Leigh, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, and Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, among others.
Inventing Mary Martin is the World Premiere of a new multi-media musical revue celebrating the life and career of one of Broadway's greatest stars, Mary Martin, who created leading roles in One Touch of Venus, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, becoming one of the most glamorous and beloved stars of the American musical theatre. In this musical revue, four fabulous performers, none of whom actually plays Mary (who could?) take us on her amazing journey from naive but ambitious Texan to movie star to Broadway legend, reinventing herself constantly along the way.
The show, written and co-directed by award-winning musical theatre writer Stephen Cole, with musical arrangements by Broadway and film veteran David Krane, shines a light on the magic that was Mary Martin. Imagine Side by Side by Sondheim meets Ain't Misbehavin, as we celebrate Ms. Martin's 100th birthday with a score by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Kurt Weill, Jule Styne, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, and other musical giants of the Golden Age of Broadway - a time when stopping the show with a saucy but innocent striptease in "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" could propel a novice to a 40-year career as the Great White Way's brightest star.
The creative team includes James Morgan (Set), Patricia McGourty (Costumes), Mary Jo Dondlinger (Lights), Janie Bullard (Sound) , Justin West (Projections), James Maloof (Props), and Geoff Josselson (Casting). The Production Stage Manager is Bernita Robinson with Assistant Stage Manager Jackie Cookfair.
Performances are set to begin tonight, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 18, 2014 at The York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Inventing Mary Martin, now on sale, are priced at $67.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 - 6:00 p.m.).
Photo Credit: David Loughner/York Theatre Company
The Full Company:Â James Morgan (York Producing Artistic Director), Cameron Adams, Emily Skinner, Bob Richard, Stephen Cole, David Kran, Lynn Halliday, Jason Graae Andrew Levine (York Executive Director) and Lawrence Goldberg