The York Theatre Company Announces Additions to Developmental Reading Series

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director) and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series have announced the next three offerings: Analog & Vinyl, License to Marry and MR. Confidential.

All readings are free and open to the public with a reservation and take place at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

For additional information on the York's Developmental Reading Series, or to make reservations for any of the upcoming free presentations, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org.

The Developmental Reading Series schedule as follows:

Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Analog & Vinyl
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Music direction by Jodie Moore

The cast features Jessy Knudsen, Anthony Rapp, Sarah Stiles, and David Turner with special guest vocalist Christina Sajous.

Harrison is obsessed with LP's from the sixties, the superior quality of analog and trying to keep his vintage record store from going under. Rodeo Girl, a quirky Silverlake hipster, is obsessed with Harrison but he barely notices. That is, until a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can't refuse.

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Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m.
License to Marry
Book, lyrics & music by Seymour Barab
Directed by Dorothy Danner
Music direction by James Besser

The cast includes Millinee Barrister, David Barron, Frank Basile, Josh Kohl, Michael Marcotte, Melissa Parks, Alexandra Pappas, Mark Womack, Lars Woodhul

License to Marry takes place on the day of Helena and Ramon's wedding, Mayor Vega receives the news that he is to be elevated to a post in the king's cabinet. It is his reward for having conducted the town's affairs without a single error. On this festive day, however, an error comes to light of monumental dimensions. Ramon, expecting Helena to be his bride, is married to her mother, Minerva, instead. What complicates matters is that it is to everyone's advantage to keep this misfortune from coming to the attention of the king's courier. To add to the complexities of the situation, Minerva's husband, having been given up for dead, returns and demand's his conjugal rights.

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Monday May 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Confidential
Book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein (based on his award-winning book)
Music by David Snyder
Directed by Stephen Nacahmie

Ben Davis heads the cast.

Based on a true story. The story of the man who created "Confidential Magazine" in the 1950s, Mr. Confidential is fast, fluid and sexy-a touch of burlesque mixed with the modern joy and peril of idol worship. It's a giddy, vibrant show, set in New York and Hollywood at their most glamorous and dangerous. But look beyond the tabloid scandals, beneath the whipped cream and diamonds, and you find something truly shocking: Heart, family, and innocence. Go figure.

The York Theatre Company is the only theater 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 neglected 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 exclusively 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 The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Closer Than Ever, Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.

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