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Leenya Rideout Leads York Theatre Company's Staged Reading of CARMILLA Today


The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present a staged reading of the new musical Carmilla, with book & lyrics by Joel Gross, and music & lyrics by Paul Aleman at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). The reading is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Directed by Gabriel Barre, music direction by Nathan Patten, and music supervision & arrangements by James Abbott, the cast will feature Leenya Rideout in the title role, with Julia Burrows as Vanessa Warwick, Michael Minarik as Dr. Johan Hoffman, Kaye Tuckerman as Countess Moreth, and Nick Wyman as Colonel Warwick. The ensemble will feature Liz Kimball, Darren Matthias, Michael Padgett, Kristin Parker, Clifton Samuels, Eveline Suter, and Erica Sweany. The creative team also includes, Drew Feldman (Assistant Director) and Marci Skolnick (Stage Manager).

Carmilla, a new musical, is inspired by the eponymous 1871 novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Vanessa, an adorable young Englishwoman, lives with her father in an inherited Gothic castle in Central Europe, surrounded by superstitious peasants. Vanessa is about to marry a handsome Viennese doctor, when passion comes into her life for the first time in the form of Carmilla, a beautiful, supernatural, irresistible presence. The York presented readings of Gross and Aleman's previous musical, Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One, in 2008 and 2009. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY: Today, March 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

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The Developmental Reading Series presents some 40 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors throughout the year, a vital part of the writing process. The series serves as an incubator for shows to be considered for Mainstage productions, thus serving the York's unique mission of taking new musicals through the complete development process to full production.

The York Theatre Company offers the 54th Street Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $54.00 - with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on tickets to York Theatre Productions (2 per membership), exclusive member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special member only receptions.

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