Cast Complete for MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR at York Theatre Company
The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the complete cast for the New2NY presentation of the new musical Mark Felt, Superstar with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango).
Directed by Annette Jolles (Little by Little, Grind /York Mufti Series), and with music direction by the composer, the five-member cast will feature Peter Benson (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Bob Woodward et al, Will Erat (Catch Me If You Can) as L. Patrick Gray et al, Vanessa Lemonides (Zorba!) as Audrey Felt et al, Neal Mayer (LES MISERABLES) as Mark Felt, and Michael McCoy (The Phantom of the Opera) as Richard Nixon et al.
The limited engagement of Mark Felt, Superstar will play 10 performances only, January 7 - 15, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is set for Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
When former FBI agent Mark Felt revealed in 2005 that he had been Deep Throat, the secret source who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Richard Nixon, he ended one of the most intriguing chapters in the history of journalism (and one of the worst in U.S. politics).
In this whimsical, jazzy musical romp, the multi-talented cast of five together portray twenty-four colorful characters in a fast-moving, illuminating take on the shocking political scandal that riveted America and still reverberates today. Part thriller, part tragedy, part comedy, Mark Felt, Superstar will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about Deep Throat and Watergate, all while tapping your feet to some irresistible musical numbers.
The York's New2NY series is similar to its Musicals in Mufti series of simply-staged concert performances of underappreciated musicals from the past. However, New2NY-as its name indicates-focuses on new musicals, providing a stage between developmental lab and full production. Previous shows in the series have included In Transit (which just opened on Broadway), The Times, and this season's How to Be an American!.
The performance schedule for Mark Felt, Superstar is Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 8 at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11 & Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm p.m., Friday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances).
Single tickets for Mark Felt, Superstar are priced at $45 and available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).
York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00-with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on 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 and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.
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.).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Peter Benson (Bob Woodward et al.) Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Harvey, Promises, Promises, To Be or Not to Be, Boeing-Boeing, The Pajama Game (Prez, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Wonderful Town, Cabaret, Little Me, An American Daughter, State Fair. Off-Broadway: Laura Pels, Atlantic, Drama Department, City Center, EST. TV: "Louie," "The Americans," "Royal Pains," and "Elementary." Featured on eight original cast albums.
Will Erat (L. Patrick Gray et al.) Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Godspell, The Prince and the Pauper, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Little Miss Sunshine. Regional and Tours: Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES, Jekyll/Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde, Dan in Next to Normal, Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. World Premiere/Tour: Book of Longing (Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen). Carnegie Hall: Einstein on the Beach.
Vanessa Lemonides (Audrey Felt et al.) Credits include Zorba! (City Center Encores!), Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life (NYMF), Fade Out, Fade In, Irma la Douce (title role), Love From Judy, Face the Music (Musicals Tonight!), Oh Boy! (York Theatre). Off-Broadway: Jewtopia. Regional: Arvada Center, Goodspeed, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Hangar Theatre. Fruma-Sarah in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (starring Theodore Bikel). Voiceover artist: numerous cartoons, commercials, feature films and even some NYC tour buses.
Neal Mayer (Mark Felt) Broadway: LES MISERABLES. National Tour: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 101 Dalmatians (dir. Jerry Zaks). Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Bush Is Bad. US Premiere and Studio Cast Recording: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Regional: Arena Stage, Goodspeed, La Jolla Playhouse, and Paper Mill Playhouse. TV: "Blue Bloods," "All My Children," numerous sketches on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."
Michael McCoy (Richard Nixon et al.) Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. New York Philharmonic: Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfel & Emma Thomson. Off-Broadway (original casts): Junie B. Jones, Bush Is Bad. Noir in the NY International Fringe Festival and Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde at NYMF. National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera, Cats. Regional:Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Walnut Street Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Depot Theatre.
Joshua Rosenblum (Author/Music Director) Off-Broadway: Fermat's Last Tango (York Theatre), The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Bush Is Bad (Triad Theater, plus national companies in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Charleston). International: Einstein's Dreams (Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon). Regional: Garbo and Me (Paramount Theater), The Haunted Hotel (Signature Theatre Developmental Workshop). Broadway (as Musical Director): Miss Saigon, Falsettos, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wonderful Town, Anything Goes, Arcadia. Pianist: New York Pops, City Center Encores! Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra. Founding Member: New Voices Collective. Recordings: Impetuosities-Music of Joshua Rosenblum, Sundry Notes (Albany Records), Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango (Original Cast Records). Founder and Music Director: Pit Stop Players. Faculty: Yale University Dept. of Music. Contributing writer: Opera News. Proud father of Julian and Phoebe; devoted husband and private accompanist to soprano and mystery novelist Joanne Sydney Lessner.
Annette Jolles (Director) Emmy Awards for worldwide coverage of the "9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero" and "Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle!" Broadway producer: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), The Anarchist, Looped. Live from Lincoln Center/PBS: "Richard Tucker Opera Gala," "Patina Miller in Concert," "Norm Lewis: Who Am I," "Michael Feinstein: New Year's Eve at the Rainbow Room." Off-Broadway/Regional world premieres: That Time of the Year, Little by Little, Wallenberg, Passion of the Hausfrau, The Jerusalem Syndrome. Director for the Little Orchestra Society, 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists Series, and New Voices Concerts at Symphony Space, Wall to Wall Sondheim, Wall to Wall Cabaret.
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. Over 35 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 hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings and Cagney, currently playing to sold-out houses at the Westside Theatre starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney and members of the original York Cast.